Three speeches: The winner is happily serious while McCain grins nastily and Hillary smiles sneakily.

I watched all three historic speeches. McCain, stumbling over teleprompter Obama attack lines, made Bush look lovable with one nasty spontaneous smile after another. With no class, Hillary Clinton smiled like a someone possessed by the Devil as she acted as if she had The Dark’s One’s guarantee she’d be president in 2009. Obama, began with a loving fist to fist thumbs up (called a “dap”) with Michelle and gave a rousing but smile-free serious speech mostly free of calculated applause lines.

I think dismissing John McCain’s nasty streak as a trivial personality quirk is like suggesting the black cat with the white stripe down its back is safe to stand behind when it lifts it tail at you. McCain is looking forward with glee to putting the stink on Obama.

I think McCain enjoys sticking it to people he is competing with. He’s like the kid on the field taunting the batter with "swing, swing, swing" and who laughs with satisfaction that the distraction worked when he strikes out.

Last night I kept anticipating that Hillary’s eyes would turn into those gleaming red devil eyes you see depicted on television shows and movies about demonic possession.

Demonic possession?

Someone who sold their soul to the Prince of Darkness for the presidency? I know this isn’t original (see The Swift Report: The Devil’s Endorsement from back in 2005) but I can’t control my imagination.

Now Hillary has driven me mad.

But do you want what some readers will say is proof of real madness?

If polling shows that no other ticket besides Obama and Clinton, even Obama and Richardson, would assure a Democratic victory, I would choke back the bile rising in my gut and support this decidely odd couple.


  1. Hal Brown

    Two female commentators were talking about it on MSNBC today and they didn’t know it was call a dap either.

  2. Hal Brown

    Some interesting feedback on this column all having to do with my reference to the fist to fist gesture between Michelle and Barak. The New Republic blog The Plank mocked me (HERE) for not knowing this was called a "dap" (well known in professional sports these days apparently).

    I admit what no politician could own up to: I don’t follow professional sports even when our hometown Boston teams win.

    A Slate blog just put a link on among other web columns which mentioned the gesture.
    Now that I know it is called a dap I added it to the column.

    Saturday: This column reference to the fist bump or dap has also been mentioned on Fox News HERE.

    Also THE HILL’s "Briefing Room (HERE).


  3. pollchecker

    I understand and read that. Thanks for posting the link so others can.

    I know they will go through the motions of making it at least appear to be looking at every and all candidates…..THEY HAVE TO!

    There are lots of good people but I’ve still heard no one that brings MORE to the table than Richardson AND that is not in Congress.

    People forget how important and expensive that Senate seat is.

  4. pollchecker

    Great point, Hal! But, I just don’t think that he brings AS MUCH to the ticket as Richardson.

    When you add on his importance in the Senate in the future 6 years, I just don’t see it happening. That was a very hard fought and expensive Senate seat to give it up when there are other possibly better alternatives.

    I understand Webb’s popularity though. But I don’t think he would bring AS MANY new voters to the table or change other voters minds as well as possibly Richardson can and surely will.

    I tell you if I was a betting person, all my money would be on Richardson.

  5. ekaton

    If Obama was assassinated, the response in the black communities would make Watts look like a tea party.

    — Kent Shaw

  6. Hal Brown

    I have nothing against the Richardson choice unless something comes up to rule him out. But Webb does bring much to the ticket as well:

    A 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Webb served as a Marine Corps infantry officer until 1972, and is a highly decorated Vietnam War combat veteran. During his four years with the Reagan administration, Webb served as the first Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, then as Secretary of the Navy. (Wikipedia)

  7. pollchecker

    Webb campaigned too hard in 2006 to win the Senate seat. He is very important to the GI legislation before Congress and has 6 more years. I doubt he would be the best choice as he has less experience than Obama.

    Wesley Clark has Military experience but outside that really brings nothing to the table. Sam Nunn — more Congress — not a good thing.

    Do you realize that we have not had 2 Senators running against each other for a VERY LONG TIME! The way the public currently feels about Congress and the importance of holding onto EVERY LAST SEAT in both houses are extremely important factors.

    There is not other person being considered who brings AS MUCH to the table as Bill Richardson. Since in overall votes he was 4th it would not be a total afront to Hillary or Edwards to select him stricly on his Iraq policy as he was the most outspoken candidate against it. This is important as the GOP is going to attempt to make a strong case for staying.

    So, No congressional seats lost, Hispanic votes secured. And they really need those hispanic votes to win. Hispanics are outvoted by Caucasians 5 to 1 on a regular basis all across the US. If Richardson can narrow that gap to 5 to 2 or better, he will be bringing in so many new voters that any lost to racism or Hillaryism won’t matter.

    The BIGGEST undervoters and those CRUCIAL to winning this election are bringing out and increasing the votes from the YOUTHS, HISPANICS and AFRICAN AMERICANS.

    An Obama/Richardson ’08 pair, surely would be the DREAM TEAM the Dems have been looking for.

  8. pollchecker

    I think Collin Powell would prefer you didn’t spell his name colon (like the intestine)(har,har grin)….although it might be applicable in some cases.

  9. old_curmudgeon

    Colin Powell skewered his reputation and credibility on his own petard in service to Bush. He is roadkill. Deservedly, so mote it be.

  10. Sandra Price

    Direct Democracy. America is a Constitutional Republic not a Democracy. This is clearly laid out in our founder’s laws who did not want mass power in America but the power of Representation of citizens who understood the Constitution’s power of liberty.

    When you hand the power to dumbed-down citizens you come up with either a Socialist form of government or a Theocracy. Both search for a government of power over each and every one of us.

    Read Orwell and Rand.

  11. Hal Brown

    Speaking of John McCains smile –

    here’s what New York Times columnist Gail Collins has to say today:

    “I have a few years on my opponent, so I am surprised that a young man has bought into so many failed ideas,” McCain said. Pause. Smile. McCain has only a couple of versions of smile. And for speeches, he tends to employ a kind of scary, humorless teeth-baring.

    Read "A Town Hall Summer"

    I would add a comment on the quote from McCain above. Many are commenting that McCain’s speech was delivered horribly but on paper reads much better. However, that sentence makes no sense, at least not to me. The main point doesn’t relate his being older because it suggests that his age is what is causing him to be surprised, the key word being "so".

  12. Hal Brown

    Nunn was mentioned by Jimmy Carter. Sibelius should have a place in the administration but choosing her over Clinton as VP might be perceived as a slap in the face to Hillary’s ardent supporters.

    Webb has become well known and is an interesting and viable choice for many reasons because he could bring in independents and some Republicans. He’s a former Republican and a veteran whose aid was arrested for carrying Webb’s pistol into the U.S. Capitol (see link)


  13. ridingchick

    How about Obama/Nunn or Obama/Webb or Obama/Sebelius, Bill Richardson, Secretary of State and Colon Powell, Secretary of Defense.

    What do you think of these choices?

  14. drcat

    It seems to me Senator Obama is very smart and very strong. He will not be cowed by anyone. He will, like Lincoln, try to get the strongest people in his cabinet. The VP, I am confident, will be selected for his or her capability and compatibility with the President. A strong military man like Wes Clark, who also has great diplomatic skills, or Jim Webb who also has a fine military record and is a great campaigner, might be a good complement to Obama.

  15. DejaVuAllOver

    Letting Clinton into the Obama White House makes the old analogy about the fox and the henhouse seem quaint. I doubt that even the Secret Service could protect Obama from Satan herself if she resided in the office down the hall. Fortunately, November is a long way off in terms of Joe or Josephine American’s political memory. Hillary will be forgotten, soon enough. Unless, of course, she chooses the the Jack Rubinstein or Sirhan Sirhan style of infamy, which I’m not ruling out……

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  16. Hal Brown

    McCain and Clinton both have bent and distorted the truth and outright lied during the course of the campaign.

    They seem to get mildly criticized when they do this, in part because Obama won’t stoop to their level.

    I don’t know of any lie or distortion coming from Obama and the only talking point of his I object to is the hundred year McCain quote. True, McCain said that, but I am am tired of it and I think there are more accurate ways to describe McCain’s Iraq position.

    Obama is blasted because of the bitter comment, Rev. Wright and Pastor Phlegler, an association with some 1970’s radicals and a less than politically astute purchase of land to increase the size of his yard. But where has he distorted the truth or lied?


  17. tropicaltaco

    I feel very sure that Obama is far too intelligent to even consider Clinton for VP. If it does happen then we’ll all know the extent that this election is still being manipulated. Considering the assassinations of the past 40 years, I fear for Obama’s safety and more so if Clinton becomes his running mate since we all know by now that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants…
    On another note, I thought I heard somewhere here that Richardson was a member of the Carlyle Group or some such nasty organization, can anyone refresh my memory ?

  18. buckethead

    I love being out here high up in Colorado and being able to read all the postings before I get around to making one. Clinton did talk only about herself and McCain looked like a deer in the headlights and Obama clearly won the contest. She may well have some Rovian tactics left but I don’t think her 17 1/2 million will be able to help McCain enough. Forget about her!


  19. bryan mcclellan

    Dear Obama; do what your gut tells you not what the polls are ragging on endlessly about.

    Spew the fetid idea of a clinton VP now, and set these pundit asses straight.

    We who are not quite sold on your candidacy have got to know now what is in your mind and are looking dead at you for action instead of rhetoric.

    Got it?


  20. fritzer

    If polling shows that no other ticket besides Obama and Clinton, even Obama and Richardson, would assure a Democratic victory, I would choke back the bile rising in my gut and support this decidely odd couple.

    I previously thought that this is what I would do. I have since decided against this.

    My reasons are that she is a liar. For instance, her claim to being under sniper fire when visiting Bosnia has NO credibility. First of all, one does not forget having been shot at – ask any Vietnam veteran. Second, the plane would not have landed with the First Lady aboard had there been any danger involved.

    Additionally, Hillary did not think it was possible to leave Iraq before 2012. Presumably that would be just in time for her re-election campaign. This was, of course, before Obama said he would begin removing troops immediately and her position did not hold water with the voters.

    This woman would do ANYTHING to ensure her election.

    In case anyone thinks that I am anti-women, I would like to point out that I DID vote for a woman. It was for Jane Byrne when she ran for Mayor of Chicago. Once elected, she no longer had need of labor’s support. Guess what? She was not re-elected. I will not make that mistake again, and that includes if Hillary is the VP choice.