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What if McCain knows what he's doing?
American Thinker ^ | October 07, 2008 | Charlie Martin

Posted on 10/07/2008 5:04:27 AM PDT by vietvet67

Sometimes, if I'm puzzled by someone's actions, I like to ask myself "if he's really smarter than I am, why would he be doing what he's doing?"

You can learn a lot that way.  Unfortunately, the American Chattering Classes often operate on the opposite assumption: "if I don't see the point of this, that other guy must be an idiot."

As a case study, let's consider the McCain campaign in the month since my piece on McCain's apparent use of the OODA loop was published here in American Thinker.  God knows it's been a rough month: after the rush of the Palin selection, we had a couple of disappointing experiences with major media interviews, and worse -- much worse -- we had the credit market freeze and the fight to get a rescue package working.

Of course, then we had the Vice Presidential debate, which certainly restored a certain amount of respect for Sarah Palin.  (It must have: there has been another flood of Palin rumors.)  But then we had some more inexplicable actions on the part of McCain's campaign: the announcement that they intended to get tough on Obama... real soon.  The announcement that they were pulling out of Michigan ... or were they?  The Michigan GOP didn't like it, and Sarah Palin said to send her and her husband.   It became clear McCain didn't exactly have complete control of the moose-hunting governor.

Following shortly after that announcement, the New York Times published a piece on Obama's association with William Ayers, describing Obama's association with the "60's bomber". The article argued, not very successfully, that there wasn't much of a connection.  (It was timed perfectly to appear shortly after the first hints of McCain using the topic.)

Then the Obama campaign started to talk about the Keating Five, a topic that Obama had previously suggested wasn't very interesting.

The Palin rumor mill pumped up a visiting Kenyan preacher who apparently was a "witch hunter" in his village in Africa.  This preacher, in a single visit to Palin's church three years ago, prayed for God's blessing and protection on Palin.

What followed?  Now Ayers was a topic in the mainstream press; when Sarah Palin attacked Obama on the association, she did so referring to the New York Times story.  When the issue of Obama's connections to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac came up, it came up only after the Obama campaign had already brought up the Keating Five -- and, of course, it happened that just about then, another of the Keating Five was introducing Bruce Springsteen at an Obama fundraiser. 

Now that the topic of Palin's religious connections has come up, well,  the Rev. Wright story had shown us Obama wasn't lacking in peculiar religious connections -- and, while McCain had refused to use it during the late primary, Palin brought it up. She had already established that she wasn't always going to do exactly what McCain wanted when she argued against the Michigan pullout.

Suddenly, Monday, McCain is pulling no punches: in a talk in Albuquerque, he brought up the Ayers association, just as Sarah had; he brought up the issue of Obama's association with so many figures who seem to have been at the heart of the credit crisis; he asked the questions people had been pushing for weeks in the GOP blogosphere.  Questions like "What has Obama accomplished?  What were his relationships to Ayers and other radicals?  Why is he so secretive about his past?"

In every case, we see that the McCain campaign had telegraphed the topic, then waited for the Obama campaign (or the mainstream media).  They reliably would then bring out the defenses, making them topics that McCain could then explore.

In the last four weeks of the campaign, McCain is bringing up topics that are weaknesses for Obama, having stood up to the repeated attacks.  We go into the "town hall meeting" debate tonight, a forum that shows McCain to best advantage, with a new and combative McCain, armed with topics that are now on everyone's minds, having conserved his resources effectively, and after months of record-breaking Republican National Committee fundraising.  What's more, he's doing so at a time when Obama's resources are strained, and his fundraising is under scrutiny.

It's never good to make predictions about anything in this race, but I think there's one prediction that we can make without fear: the campaign isn't done yet, and we can expect surprises.

For those of us on McCain's side, I suspect they will be good surprises.


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1 posted on 10/07/2008 5:04:28 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: vietvet67
What if McCain knows what he's doing?

That would be ideal, because we very strongly want him to win, as opposed to the alternative.

2 posted on 10/07/2008 5:06:45 AM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: vietvet67

I’m one of those people who thinks he’s crazy like a fox!


3 posted on 10/07/2008 5:09:15 AM PDT by beagleone
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To: vietvet67

so this is the OODA loop guy, eh? I shall read this story with interest...


4 posted on 10/07/2008 5:10:03 AM PDT by stefanbatory (Do you want a President or a King?)
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To: vietvet67

I have been wondering about the seeming ineptness of McCain on the campaign trail, and this piece gives me hope that maybe...just maybe...there is a plan!


5 posted on 10/07/2008 5:10:59 AM PDT by borisbob69 (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ec 10-2 NIV)
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To: vietvet67

Whatever his faults, Johnny Mac is not stupid and he has some smart people working for him.


6 posted on 10/07/2008 5:11:51 AM PDT by mapmaker77
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To: Tax-chick

McCain has been preparing his run for President for 8 years. He knows what he is doing and got the matchup he wanted.

And for the last month, the left wing 527 groups are out of the picture so it is McCain and Bambi, mano y mano.

Unless the media finds McCain in bed with a live boy or a dead girl, this election is over.


7 posted on 10/07/2008 5:13:07 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (McCain/Palin 2008)
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To: borisbob69

I sure hope you’re right.


8 posted on 10/07/2008 5:13:11 AM PDT by beethoven
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To: vietvet67

Very interesting. Thanks for posting this.


9 posted on 10/07/2008 5:14:28 AM PDT by GBA
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To: Tax-chick
Well, I think he should take campaign advice from all the folks whose candidates he is scraping off the bottom of his shoe.
10 posted on 10/07/2008 5:14:54 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP! It's gonna be a BIG one.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Now that is truly encouraging!


11 posted on 10/07/2008 5:15:20 AM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: vietvet67

> Sometimes, if I’m puzzled by someone’s actions, I like to ask myself “if he’s really smarter than I am, why would he be doing what he’s doing?”

McCain definitely knows what he is doing, better than anybody who is trying to second-guess him. He picked Palin (or at least agreed to have her) as his running mate, and that proves that he is alot smarter than most would have given him credit for.

You don’t get to be a dummy and fly fighter jets. Nor get elected Governor. GW Bush did both: McCain did both in Anger.

Everyone ought to settle down and remember that this is an Artificial Mexican Stand-off manufactured by the MSM and the pollsters. Why? There is no money in a landslide for the MSM or the Pollsters: as usual, it is all about money.

So, don’t blink, stick to your guns, and don’t throw up your hands anytime soon: the Dems are rightly afraid of Palin, and they are also afraid of McCain. With bloody good reason in both cases.

Mexican Stand-off, Lads. Settle down, stare them out until they blink and mess their pants.


12 posted on 10/07/2008 5:15:21 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: MARTIAL MONK

LOL! You mean Mr. Romney?


13 posted on 10/07/2008 5:15:55 AM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: vietvet67

If he wanted to slam the door shut on this election he should have voted “NO” on the bailout package.


14 posted on 10/07/2008 5:17:11 AM PDT by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: Tax-chick
You mean Mr. Romney?

There seems to be a fine head of hair at grass level amoungst those he stomped into the ground.

15 posted on 10/07/2008 5:19:01 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP! It's gonna be a BIG one.)
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To: vietvet67

God, I hope so!


16 posted on 10/07/2008 5:19:01 AM PDT by cvq3842
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To: MARTIAL MONK

*snicker*

That’s quite a visual.


17 posted on 10/07/2008 5:20:03 AM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: vietvet67
Game theory at its best.

I'm very impressed.

18 posted on 10/07/2008 5:20:15 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Obviously, liberals can't handle a strong, independent woman.)
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To: Tax-chick

What does OODA mean?


19 posted on 10/07/2008 5:21:21 AM PDT by Perdogg (Vice President Sarah H Palin - Make it happen !!!!)
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To: beagleone

he was masterful in the Sarah roll out no doubt about it. and then they rope a doped the media again with the VP debate.

maybe they are keeping the Odinga thing under wraps for the last two weeks. who knows. i hate this time of the election cycle.

but i might as well enjoy it. if ohitler wins, he declare marshall law, institute the fairness doctrine, rig 2012 and then move the white house to France in 2016 and be president of the world. no far off if you just look into obama’s history.


20 posted on 10/07/2008 5:21:52 AM PDT by TurtleStink
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To: Perdogg; Frank Sheed

Oh, gosh. I’d have studied if I knew it was going to be on the test!

Um ... Observe, Orient, Decide, Attack? It’s something to do with making decisions in combat.


21 posted on 10/07/2008 5:22:42 AM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: vietvet67

McCain needs to keep the gloves off and stay the course despite anything the MSM says. The silent majority IS listening.


22 posted on 10/07/2008 5:22:48 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: DieHard the Hunter
You don’t get to be a dummy and fly fighter jets. Nor get elected Governor. GW Bush did both: McCain did both in Anger.

When was McCain a governor ?

23 posted on 10/07/2008 5:22:55 AM PDT by ikka
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To: beagleone
"I’m one of those people who thinks he’s crazy like a fox!"

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I do remember when we used to say such things about GW and I don't see that so much anymore, but this article does seem to demonstrate a pattern of rational, deliberate strategy.

I like it.

24 posted on 10/07/2008 5:23:14 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: TurtleStink

We already have Marshall law, at least in some of our less populated areas. (Where I live, Deputy Sheriffs are the law ...)

“Martial law” is when the military is called out for domestic policing. Hard to believe our military would comply, though, in the absence of a total breakdown of law and order.


25 posted on 10/07/2008 5:24:42 AM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: ikka

> When was McCain a governor ?

My mistake, I should have stopped typing at “Elected”. That’s what happens when you’re a touch-typist, sometimes your fingers work faster than your mind.


26 posted on 10/07/2008 5:25:18 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: Manic_Episode

George W. was elected President twice. He’s not running for office now.


27 posted on 10/07/2008 5:25:27 AM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: Hatteras

McCain should be using this Ayers quote from 1995:

“I am a radical, Leftist, small ‘c’ communist ... [Laughs] Maybe I’m the last communist who is willing to admit it. ... The ethics of Communism still appeal to me. I don’t like Lenin as much as the early Marx.”

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/sowing_acorns_to_reap_the_bigg.html


28 posted on 10/07/2008 5:26:59 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: TurtleStink
"but i might as well enjoy it. if ohitler wins, he declare marshall law, institute the fairness doctrine, rig 2012 and then move the white house to France in 2016 and be president of the world. no far off if you just look into obama’s history."

You many need to increase your dosage.

29 posted on 10/07/2008 5:28:17 AM PDT by verity ("Lord, what fools we mortals be!")
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To: Tax-chick

> “Martial law” is when the military is called out for domestic policing. Hard to believe our military would comply, though, in the absence of a total breakdown of law and order.

As well, in America you have the mis-named “Posse Comitatus” law that prevents your Army from being used against domestic threats.

(”Posse Comitatus” is actually a principle from the Magna Carta that allows the Lord of the Manor to raise a posse from the countryside to help catch felons when-and-as-needed).


30 posted on 10/07/2008 5:29:43 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: vietvet67

I don’t think there can be any doubt that Sarah is throwing the lead punches, Obama is taking the bait and McCain is taking up the topics once he sees the counter punch. Obama is once again off message and playing defense.

The question in my mind is whether the campaign is leading or following Sarah. IMO, the campaign is following her lead. I think Sarah is like Eskimo toilet paper. She’s rough, tough and is not going to take crap off of nothin’.


31 posted on 10/07/2008 5:31:41 AM PDT by IamConservative (On 11/4, remember 9/11...)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
This is very informative! raise a posse from the countryside to help catch felons when-and-as-needed

Our County Sheriffs can do this, although they usually have some pre-organized auxiliaries who can be called up if a manhunt or search-and-rescue is in order.

32 posted on 10/07/2008 5:32:15 AM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: vietvet67

Yep voting for the $700 Billion....sorry $850 Billion pork bill and pulling out of Michigan. Brilliant moves. He’s not crazy as a Fox. He’s smart as a Bob Dole! If he doesn’t firmly pull he head out of his ass now, its over!


33 posted on 10/07/2008 5:33:18 AM PDT by Bommer (Who was Obama's diction coach? Bevis or Butthead? Uhhhhhh.....)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

He’s been running for 12 years, not 8. MCain’s most effective campaign ads are the ones the 527s made. And he’s no Edwin Edwards. Obama has the cover of the media, not Mccain. They are trying to crucify McCain over a 20 year old non scandal right now. If he makes one or two gaffes they will drown out all common sense for the next month.

McCain is not a conservative, doesn’t understand economics and is not clever like a fox. His major attribute is that he is not Obama. According to most accounts he was dead set on picking Lieberman as his VP to fulfill his bipartisan fantisies.


34 posted on 10/07/2008 5:35:27 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (All gray areas are fabrications.)
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To: Tax-chick

That “Magna Carta” form of Posse Comitatus remains a part of New Zealand law, as we brought most of our laws from the UK when we became a country. It has not been repealed yet.

This means that, even though we have a national New Zealand Police force, *theoretically* any mayor should be able to establish his/her own policing capability — even a casual one — if he/she deems fit. Hasn’t been tested in court yet, but that is certainly how our laws seem to read.

So *theoretically* parking wardens might be called upon by the mayor to catch a murder suspect... or possibly even unwarranted citizens could do the same.

It’s an exciting concept that warrants further research. Which is precisely what I am doing, seeing how I lead a civilian volunteer organization in NZ that focuses on fighting crime.


35 posted on 10/07/2008 5:37:57 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: ikka
When was McCain a governor ?

This is one of the things I love about Freerepublic. I read someone's post, and a question comes to my mind. Before I post a reply I figure I'd better check to see if someone else already posted what I'm about to say. Invariably, they have.

I'm not sure if it shows that I am surrounded by those who are equally smart or equally stupid, but either way, it's nice to be surrounded by one's peers. :)

36 posted on 10/07/2008 5:40:23 AM PDT by RightFighter (That Sarah Palin. She's so hot right now!)
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To: beagleone
I’m one of those people who thinks he’s crazy like a and Gov. Palin is a fox!
37 posted on 10/07/2008 5:42:16 AM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: vietvet67

I still think the winner of this race with be the one who makes the fewest dumb mistakes. And then there’s the possible “Bradley effect” or “Wilder effect” that might be overstating Obama’s support.

But the notion that screw-ups and a hesitancy to make what seem like obvious moves in politics, the notion that it’s a part of some grand, multi-stage, CIA-like strategy that few if any can discern, well I think that’s mostly nonsense.

We heard about one grand strategy after another, understandable by only a few, that was being used by the Fred Thompson campaign. Turned out it was just a bad campaign, but some people tried to explain the baffling action, or inaction, as some grand and complex strategy.


38 posted on 10/07/2008 5:42:33 AM PDT by Will88
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To: Pan_Yan
MCain

Mccain

McCain

Need more coffee.
39 posted on 10/07/2008 5:42:39 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (All gray areas are fabrications.)
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To: IamConservative
I think Sarah is like Eskimo toilet paper. She’s rough, tough and is not going to take crap off of nothin’.

LOL... that's original comparison, for sure...

40 posted on 10/07/2008 5:43:44 AM PDT by paudio (Repeat after me: 0bama is a LIAR.)
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To: borisbob69
McCain was working a strategy until the subprime crisis came. Anything he had planned would have been drowned out and he was essentially vamping until late last week.

Now his campaign is continuing the deconstruction of Obama that started with the Paris Hilton ad.

41 posted on 10/07/2008 5:45:38 AM PDT by AU72
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To: DieHard the Hunter

“You don’t get to be a dummy and fly fighter jets. Nor get elected Governor. GW Bush did both: McCain did both in Anger.”

Nor make Navy Captain......


42 posted on 10/07/2008 5:46:41 AM PDT by roaddog727 (BS does not get bridges built - the funk you see is the funk you do)
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To: Manic_Episode

I would like to think that this is correct.

I assume we will know during and after the debate tonite. The poll #’s have been effective in scaring some people into thinking the race is over.

I would really like to think that McCain is Crazy like a Fox..becase previously it has been proven to be the case..

We will see tonite what the deal is.


43 posted on 10/07/2008 5:47:11 AM PDT by TheShaz (You had me at "Hockey Mom" - McCain-Palin 2008)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

Being up on the law is a good idea, if you’re going to be a crime-fighter.


44 posted on 10/07/2008 5:47:32 AM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: Tax-chick
"George W. was elected President twice. He’s not running for office now."

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His base is fickle that way.

History will be more kind than FR.

45 posted on 10/07/2008 5:48:01 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Manic_Episode

I misunderstood the point of your earlier post. I thought you were suggesting that it was erroneous to view President Bush as an effective candidate. People keep doing that, as if he didn’t win elections.


46 posted on 10/07/2008 5:49:57 AM PDT by Tax-chick (This is embarassing! Have a Guinness and pull yourselves together!)
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To: Perdogg
What does OODA mean?

Observe, Orient, Decide, Act (OODA). COL John Boyd, USAF invented the OODA loop to describe the process by which a fighter pilot engages an enemy and to explain why a pilot with superior training in an inferior aircraft could reliably defeat a pilot with inferior training in a superior aircraft. The pilot with the tightest or shortest OODA loop wins because his superior decisions and faster actions place him and his aircraft at an increasing advantage over his opponent.

Since then, the OODA loop has proven itself in many facets of military operations and management.

More than a few veterans on Free Republic and elsewhere have observed that John McCain demonstrates a very tight OODA loop against Barrack Obama, who sometimes fails to close his OODA loop ("Call me if you need me.")

47 posted on 10/07/2008 5:51:21 AM PDT by Natty Bumppo@frontier.net (We are the dangerous ones, who stand between all we love and a more dangerous world.)
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To: mapmaker77

Agreed. But McCain is also a risk-taker with his own career and sometimes that pays off and sometimes it doesn’t.

But this is a situation where you have to pull out all the stops on third and long.


48 posted on 10/07/2008 5:51:22 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Fly the flag!)
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To: vietvet67

McCain is going to do great tonight; he’ll be totally in his element and Obama will be floundering around, Um...Ah...Hmmm...he’s PAINFUL to watch and listen to without a script.

Watch for McCain to land a few good punches tonight. He knows what’s on the line.


49 posted on 10/07/2008 5:55:17 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: vietvet67
You have to get up in his grill yet circle away and land the kill shot

Re: Kimbo's demise

Seth Petruzelli vs. Kimbo Slice

50 posted on 10/07/2008 5:55:34 AM PDT by downwdims
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