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Vanity - McCain Veepstakes heating up- post rumors + buzz here
various news, blog sites | 8-28-08 | self

Posted on 08/28/2008 2:19:12 PM PDT by STARWISE

I'll start:

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"Could it be Cantor? posted at 1:00 pm on August 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Fayetteville Observer reads a few tea leaves in the veepstakes and suggests that Eric Cantor may become the dark-horse finalist for John McCain’s running-mate. Cantor has not yet appeared on the convention schedule, which would seem strange for such a dynamic member of the House GOP’s leadership. He also represents a Virginia district, which could prove crucial to holding the state for the Republicans in November:

Rep. Robin Hayes is predicting that Sen. John McCain will pick Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia as his running mate.

“It sure looks like a great possibility to me,” Hayes said Wednesday. “Eric is a tremendous friend, incredibly bright young man. He has wonderful credentials, and I think would be a very good, complementary candidate to John McCain.”

Hayes made his comments during and after a meeting with educators at Jack Britt High School. Rumors about Cantor have been spreading in recent weeks and began to grow stronger on Tuesday, Hayes said. Several media outlets are reporting that Cantor has come under serious consideration.

Cantor is a fourth-term Virginia congressman representing parts of Richmond and several counties to the northwest. He is chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. Cantor also holds a seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has direct jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Social Security, Medicare, prescription drugs for seniors, health care and welfare reform.

Cantor has impeccable conservative credentials, and his selection would go a long way towards energizing the Republican base for the election. He has an engaging speaking style and has no problem with political infighting. As a debater, he could be expected to match up well with Joe Biden, but more importantly, he could fire up crowds on the campaign trail for McCain.

However, a Cantor choice has weaknesses, too. It would make this an all-Congress match, when executive experience could make an impact with voters. His work in the private sector is limited to a decade of law practice and the family real-estate business. More importantly, though, Cantor does not have any proven statewide constituency that suggests he could hold Virginia for McCain, although it certainly wouldn’t hurt.

Still, it seems curious that the GOP would not have Cantor already scheduled for a slot in St. Paul. If they’ve held him out for any other reason than a shot at the ticket, I’d be curious to know why they have one of their clean-up hitters sitting on the bench for the big game.

Update: It’s not Crist:

http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080828/BREAKINGNEWS/80828015

At a morning press conference to announce his selection to fill a vacancy on the Florida Supreme Court, Crist was asked if he planned to be in Ohio tomorrow.

“I plan to be in Florida,” Crist said.

I didn’t think it would be Crist, anyway, but this seems to confirm it."

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/28/could-it-be-cantor/

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Government
KEYWORDS: 2008veep; cantor; crist; hutchinson; lieberman; mccain; palin; pawlenty; ridge; romney; whitman
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1 posted on 08/28/2008 2:19:12 PM PDT by STARWISE
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To: SE Mom; Bahbah; patriot08; penelopesire; Miss Didi; tiredoflaundry; Fudd Fan; Mo1; BigSkyFreeper

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Update: It’s not Crist

http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080828/BREAKINGNEWS/80828015

At a morning press conference to announce his selection to fill a vacancy on the Florida Supreme Court, Crist was asked if he planned to be in Ohio tomorrow.

“I plan to be in Florida,” Crist said.

I didn’t think it would be Crist, anyway, but this seems to confirm it.”

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/28/could-it-be-cantor/

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2 posted on 08/28/2008 2:20:40 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

Condie Rice would work well..


3 posted on 08/28/2008 2:21:26 PM PDT by aeonspromise
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To: STARWISE

I’m telling ya’ll...

It’s Ridge.


4 posted on 08/28/2008 2:22:34 PM PDT by Chucky is a girlie man
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To: STARWISE

Heads up.

Media is reporting Palwenty cancled an event. So did Demo Tim Kanie last week. It means nothing

Event at Romeny’s sister was planned months ago. It means nothing. Just part of the standard security sweep prior to an event.


5 posted on 08/28/2008 2:22:48 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: All

Pawlenty


6 posted on 08/28/2008 2:23:29 PM PDT by BigEdLB (BigEd)
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To: aeonspromise

No to Condi Rice:
No military experience
No election experience
No legislative experience
No finance/budget experience
Pro abortion
Never married


7 posted on 08/28/2008 2:24:13 PM PDT by Chucky is a girlie man
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To: MNJohnnie; All

On anther note, illustrative of the compassionate party:

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Retribution sought for Lieberman
By Alexander Bolton
Posted: 08/28/08 01:15 AM [ET]

DENVER — Connecticut delegates are demanding that party leaders punish Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-Independent, because of his support of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the Republican nominee.

For many of them, Lieberman’s plan to speak at next week’s Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn., is the latest offense from the man who represented their state as a Democrat in Washington for 18 years.

“There has to be some kind of penalty for this sort of thing,” said Martha Aasen, a delegate from Westport, Conn.

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/retribution-sought-for-lieberman-2008-08-28.html


8 posted on 08/28/2008 2:24:21 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

Don’t know much about Cantor. But he sounds bright and conservative, and he looks young. All things I am looking for.
I very much do not want a RINO.


9 posted on 08/28/2008 2:24:21 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("We have to drain the swamp" George Bush, September 2001)
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To: STARWISE
I have no buzz...just watching Intrade. It's been Mitt 60-70 and Tim 20-30 all day. At one point they both went to 50 but it's back to the earlier predictions.
10 posted on 08/28/2008 2:25:10 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: STARWISE

Why bother, it will just be an all MYTH all the time postings....gotta earn a living somehow...


11 posted on 08/28/2008 2:25:34 PM PDT by Fred (The Democrat Party is the Nadir of Nihilism)
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To: STARWISE
"There has to be some kind of penalty for this sort of thing"

No, not really.

He's not in your party anymore. He's not subject to your rules, discipline, or crying.

Pound sand.

12 posted on 08/28/2008 2:26:24 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Is this tagline governed by McCain-Feingold?)
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To: STARWISE

My opinion? I can’t stand the made-up word, “Veepstakes.”


13 posted on 08/28/2008 2:26:29 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Who would McQueeg rather have mad at him: You or the liberals? FREE LAZAMATAZ!)
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To: STARWISE
"There has to be some kind of penalty for this sort of thing"

No, not really.

He's not in your party anymore. He's not subject to your rules, discipline, or crying.

Pound sand - better yet, cast another vote for Ned Lamont.

14 posted on 08/28/2008 2:27:15 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Is this tagline governed by McCain-Feingold?)
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To: STARWISE

John Bolton would be excellent. The Senate would never confirm him for an appointment, but an elected VP needs no appointment.


15 posted on 08/28/2008 2:27:15 PM PDT by GaltMeister (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Cantor has a lifetime American Conservative Union ration of 96.86. Good enough?

http://www.acuratings.org/2007all.htm#VA


16 posted on 08/28/2008 2:28:01 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: STARWISE
Connecticut delegates are demanding that party leaders punish Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-Independent, because of his support of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the Republican nominee.

I thought they already kicked him out of the party. What is this, the freakin' Mafia?
17 posted on 08/28/2008 2:29:09 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (DRILL HERE. DRILL NOW. PAY LESS!)
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To: STARWISE; greyfoxx39

There are a bunch of guys surrounding my house with earpieces. They arrived in black SUVs with Maryland license plates.

I just received a call stating that Senator McCain wishes to speak with me this evening and that I should be standing by the phone at 2100 hours EST.

I think it’s me!!!


18 posted on 08/28/2008 2:29:35 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper (A vote for third party is a vote for nObama)
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To: STARWISE
Here in Michigan (WJR) saying they have info, saying Carl Cameron has the info.

RNC in Michigan was just on the phone saying he just finished conference call, no hints.

Republican MI senator about to come on, we will see.

19 posted on 08/28/2008 2:31:25 PM PDT by roses of sharon ((Who sent Barack Hussein Obama?))
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To: Cyber Liberty

OK .. oh well, whatcanyado .. it’s in
the lingo and it’s short?

How ‘bout, when you see it again,
imagine: Beefstakes .... hope that
will make it more digestible.


20 posted on 08/28/2008 2:31:47 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE
"McCain - Robinson"

It has a certain ring.

21 posted on 08/28/2008 2:31:59 PM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: kinsman redeemer; All

http://race42008.com/2008/08/28/lets-feed-the-fire/

Let’s Feed the Fire

In the FWIW category, we have Justin Hart’s post from MyManMitt today:

Could Cindy McCain be the determining factor in the VP pick for her husband John McCain?

Through two sources we can report the following:

* Cindy McCain is apparently smitten with Ann Romney. They’ve hit off a strong friendship over the past few months.
* Cindy has expressed this fondness to John
* John McCain has indicated that he will include Cindy in the final decision of his VP pick
* As early as this morning McCain denied that he had picked anyone
* Cindy was on her way back from Georgia to be with John today


22 posted on 08/28/2008 2:32:57 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Fred

I’m watching the absolutely smokin’ hot Megyn Kelly on Fox News. She’s all the election coverage I need.


23 posted on 08/28/2008 2:33:53 PM PDT by Ron in Acreage (Drill here. Drill now. Drill Paris.)
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To: big'ol_freeper
sorry to burst your bubble: those are DEA/ATF agents.
24 posted on 08/28/2008 2:33:53 PM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: TexasNative2000
“There has to be some kind of penalty for this sort of thing,” said Martha Aasen, a delegate from Westport, Conn.

He could penalize you by caucusing with the Republicans

25 posted on 08/28/2008 2:33:55 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: Chucky is a girlie man

I believe Mac has already stated it would not be Ridge.


26 posted on 08/28/2008 2:35:15 PM PDT by mnehring (http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=26012226159&ref=mf)
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To: big'ol_freeper

Publishers Clearing House? Are they carrying balloons?


27 posted on 08/28/2008 2:35:31 PM PDT by Ron in Acreage (Drill here. Drill now. Drill Paris.)
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To: All

The Messiah has spoken .. listen up, dammit! LOL
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http://tinyurl.com/6dy9b6

Obama camp: McCain would be committing “political malpractice” with veep leak tonight

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He’s so amazing and superior to everyone, he even invented a new term and situation!


28 posted on 08/28/2008 2:36:17 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

Obamalamadingdong is like a two year old making up the rules of the game as he goes along and then throwing a temper tantrum when others don’t play by his made-up rules.


29 posted on 08/28/2008 2:38:31 PM PDT by mnehring (http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=26012226159&ref=mf)
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To: STARWISE

Cantor? Eddie Cantor? I love the way he sings “Mammy.”

But he’d best leave off the blackface.


30 posted on 08/28/2008 2:40:45 PM PDT by Palladin (Obama: All stagecraft, no substance.)
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To: mnehrling; All

Maybe Joe’s got his own surprise planned

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“Republican” Joe Lieberman

I know that Joe Lieberman, the Independent Senator from Connecticut, is rumored to be on McCain’s VP short list, but I think CBS might be jumping the gun. (Or, they know something we don’t).

A release for Sunday’s “Face the Nation.”

CBS NEWS’ “FACE THE NATION” WILL BROADCAST FROM ST. PAUL WITH GIULIANI, LIEBERMAN, JINDAL AND FIORINA

ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 31

On the eve of the GOP Convention, Bob Schieffer will anchor FACE THE NATION from St. Paul this Sunday (31) with four top Republicans — former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is also the keynote speaker of the event, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) and former Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman Carly Fiorina—as well as New York Times columnist David Brooks.

The broadcast will emanate from the Xcel Center in St. Paul, Minn. FACE THE NATION is broadcast Sundays (10:30-11:00 AM, ET; check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. Carin Pratt is the executive producer.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone/0808/Republican_Joe_Lieberman.html?showall


31 posted on 08/28/2008 2:40:59 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

The McCain campaign is having all of the major players from his VP list fly to Ohio for a big joint appearance there tomorrow, where McCain will announce which one will be his running mate. This keeps the reporters guessing, and allows for a big pre-convention show of unity by McCain, his pick and everyone who was vetted.

Campaign Carl just reported this on Fox News...


32 posted on 08/28/2008 2:41:48 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("I don't believe that people should be able to own guns." - Barack Obama)
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To: STARWISE

Political malpractice?

I thought that was “business as usual”.


33 posted on 08/28/2008 2:42:00 PM PDT by Palladin (Obama: All stagecraft, no substance.)
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To: Ron in Acreage

LOL...more likely the local sheriff...I live in Maryland...socialist mecca. They probably found out I was a FReeper.


34 posted on 08/28/2008 2:42:36 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper (A vote for third party is a vote for nObama)
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To: STARWISE

any live feeds of: romney’s house, cantor’s house, palin’s house, pawlenty’s house,.....etc?


35 posted on 08/28/2008 2:43:03 PM PDT by machogirl
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To: STARWISE

It’s not Hutchison, either.


36 posted on 08/28/2008 2:44:15 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: machogirl

Nope. Too busy worshipping at the temple of Obama.


37 posted on 08/28/2008 2:44:29 PM PDT by conservativegramma
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To: machogirl; SE Mom; Bahbah; All

Yes .. I’d sure appreciate the TV buzz .. I’m cubicle
bound until 7pm


38 posted on 08/28/2008 2:47:46 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: MNJohnnie
Cantor has a lifetime American Conservative Union ration of 96.86. Good enough?

WHAT !?!?!?! WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER 3.14%????????

#####RAGE######

HE'S NOT PERFECT!!!!!

/s

39 posted on 08/28/2008 2:49:13 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Is this tagline governed by McCain-Feingold?)
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I really like Palin


40 posted on 08/28/2008 2:50:56 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: STARWISE

So not VP, but he will be switching parties? Politically he is better as an independent, he would just be another RINO, however, I do like what this could do to the dems. Heads exploding..


41 posted on 08/28/2008 2:51:22 PM PDT by mnehring (http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=26012226159&ref=mf)
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To: TexasNative2000; MNJohnnie

I think last year or the year before he had a 100% rating from them. :->


42 posted on 08/28/2008 2:52:19 PM PDT by mnehring (http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=26012226159&ref=mf)
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To: mnehrling; SE Mom; Bahbah; penelopesire; Miss Didi; retrokitten; silent_jonny; roses of sharon; ...

Secret Service Denies Romney Security Sweep
By David M. Drucker
Roll Call Staff
August 28, 2008, 4:07 p.m.
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The Secret Service is denying that it conducted a security sweep of the Michigan home belonging to the sister of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).

Roll Call earlier reported that the sweep took place, suggesting that it might be an indication that Romney was in line to be selected as Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) vice presidential running mate.

“The Secret Service did not conduct any advance, sweep or security assessment at the residence of former Governor Romney’s sister, as referenced in [the] Roll Call article. We have no knowledge of any security sweep taking place,” read a statement from the Secret Service.

Sources with strong Michigan ties earlier told Roll Call that the Secret Service conducted a sweep of the home of Romney’s sister. Romney was raised in Michigan, where his father served as governor.

However, one campaign operative familiar with the workings of a presidential-level campaign cautioned that a sweep of such a location could have been conducted in advance of Romney appearing as a surrogate — not the vice presidential nominee — at an upcoming McCain campaign stop in Michigan.

Any McCain campaign appearance in Michigan would likely include Romney, who remains popular there.

Other sources and some news reports have also suggested that Romney in the last few days might be traveling with a security detail, although exactly who employs this security detail could not be confirmed.

Romney finished first in Michigan’s January GOP presidential primary. McCain finished second in that race.

http://www.rollcall.com/news/27749-1.html?CMP=OTC-RSS


43 posted on 08/28/2008 2:55:31 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: big'ol_freeper

It’s Clean House!


44 posted on 08/28/2008 2:59:28 PM PDT by Hi Heels (Now here at the Rock we have two rules. Rule #1 obey all rules. Rule #2 no writing on the walls...)
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To: STARWISE

Cindy McCain’s sister is voting for Obama...how bout them apples?


45 posted on 08/28/2008 3:01:16 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Peace Sucks. It means that somewhere there are terrorists that no one is shooting at.)
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To: SE Mom; tiredoflaundry; Bahbah; penelopesire; Miss Didi; retrokitten; silent_jonny; patriot08; ...

*****McCain’s newest ad revealed******

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McCain’s mystery ad to Obama revealed: Congratulations; Update: “We wish more of his ads took that tone,” says Team Barry
posted at 4:40 pm on August 28, 2008 by Allahpundit

Job well done, Maverick.

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/28/mccains-mystery-ad-to-obama-revealed-congratulations/

McCain says: “Senator Obama, this is truly a good day for America. Too often the achievements of our opponents go unnoticed. So I wanted to stop and say, congratulations. How perfect that your nomination would come on this historic day. Tomorrow, we’ll be back at it. But tonight Senator, job well done.”

Not just classy but shrewd, as it’ll buy back some of the goodwill he may have squandered over the past month by hitting Obama so hard. McCain’s done an admirable job during the campaign of trying to rehabilitate the GOP’s image on race to what little extent he can, made more admirable by the fact that in this year of all years it won’t do him any good with black voters.

I’m relieved my prediction was wrong and our e-mailer’s was right.

Update: Here’s the video. Belated exit question: Which nutroots blogger will be the first to call him “patronizing”?

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/28/mccains-mystery-ad-to-obama-revealed-congratulations/

Update: One other shrewd aspect to this is that if Obama attacks him in the speech, it makes him look ungracious.

Update: The Obama camp grumbles an obligatory thank you.

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe — who did not know the content of the ad until we read him the script — just told us that the McCain ad is “a very nice gesture. We wish more of his ads took that tone, but it’s a very nice gesture.”

Plouffe said the Obama campaign would run a similar ad next week congratulating McCain on his nomination.

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EXTREMELY classy, gracious and savvy!! Well done, indeed.


46 posted on 08/28/2008 3:01:21 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I think she’s a half-sister, and they
apparently have had a long running feud ..
allegedly over what else: the Dad’s fortune.


47 posted on 08/28/2008 3:02:27 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: STARWISE

Ahhhhhhhhh money...greed...whatelse is new?


48 posted on 08/28/2008 3:03:12 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Peace Sucks. It means that somewhere there are terrorists that no one is shooting at.)
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To: Palladin
I think that was Al Jolsen. Eddie Cantor used to be around TV in the 50’s . The only song I definitely remember from him (Lord help me) is “Ida, sweet as apple cidah”. They used to call him banjo eyes. I don't know what that means. Rush Limbaugh calls Carly Simon banjo lips. I don't know what that means.
49 posted on 08/28/2008 3:05:00 PM PDT by webrover
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To: My Favorite Headache; SE Mom; penelopesire; patriot08; tiredoflaundry; Bahbah; Miss Didi; All

Poll of GOP delegates: We want Romney!
posted at 5:37 pm on August 28, 2008 by Allahpundit

No surprise that he’d top the list given how high his profile is, but Huckabee’s high-profile too and he actually ended up with more delegates than Mitt did.

Even so, note the margin:

Romney was chosen by 38 percent of delegates in a new CBS News/New York Times poll, far ahead of the second place finisher, former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who was selected by 7 percent of delegates attending the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/28/poll-of-gop-delegates-give-us-romney/


50 posted on 08/28/2008 3:06:01 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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