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Pundits Conclude: McCain Stinks as an Orator

MccainJohn McCain's performance in Louisiana last night — his fumbling with the teleprompter, the size of the crowd, his awkward smile, the backdrop, and well, pretty much everything about it was roundly trashed by the talking heads.

Talking Points Memo rounded up the commentary, and it's not forgiving.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, ABC is reporting that Hillary Clinton will drop out of the race on Friday.

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  1. That was like getting your wisdom teeth pulled without being put under. He's worse than Bush speaking and reading off the teleprompter, and, that speaks volumes.

    Posted by: Sebastian | Jun 4, 2008 7:10:34 PM

  2. Someone put lipstick on the crypt-keeper.
    Someone tried to teach Bela Lugosi to smile.
    Someone did not do his phonics to "My Pet Goat."
    That's not a leader we can believe in! *leer*

    Posted by: Strepsi | Jun 4, 2008 7:23:40 PM

  3. YES YES YES finally Hill will drop out- we can ALL sleep better tonight. The witch is dead. The Clinton hating media has won the fight to bury her.

    I urge all Hillary supporters to vote independent this year- let us rally around her to be our candidate. It will be our only way to the White House this November.

    Posted by: daveynyc | Jun 4, 2008 7:46:46 PM

  4. poor baby, i really like him. i felt so bad for him. he's no good at this. at all. i hate to think obama is going to roll over a very decent guy just because he's no good at speeches. well, that and the press corps has decided obama is god. hey, has anyone checked o for that 666 thing?

    Posted by: dw314 | Jun 4, 2008 7:53:14 PM

  5. DaveNYC, that is the craziest idea I've heard in a while. I mean come on, do you really think that would work?

    As for McCain, after seeing Obama's impressive speech and Clinton's polished performace, watching him was like watching someone running for the school board in a small local district. His "smile" was totally unnerving. If he keeps that up, we don't need to worry about anything. And all the green was just horrific.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 4, 2008 7:54:18 PM

  6. Where do all these Republicans keep on coming from?

    Posted by: Seriously | Jun 4, 2008 7:55:41 PM

  7. I was starting to fall asleep watching it last night, it was horrible!!! I was so glad the network went to announce Obama as the nominee instead of finishing it

    Posted by: ste | Jun 4, 2008 8:01:00 PM

  8. DaveNYC

    She isn't running indipendent

    Do you actualy agree with Bob Barr or Nader? Nader I could see and even respect, but Barr the author of DOMA?

    The scariest part about mccain's snooze fest was the "No to change" chants every so often from his crowd. Might as well say "No to the wind blowing" change is the one and only universal constant

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 4, 2008 8:13:12 PM

  9. PS DaveNYC

    The NYT is reporting that it was in fact her own super delegates that are forcing her out. On calls today with them they are saying "step aside"

    Barbara Boxer and walter Mondale to previously declared super d's for Hillary have switched to obama. senator Barbara Boxer even saying she will NOT be party to a floor fight at the convention.

    Gov Rendell a huge hillary supporter said today that if she doesn't have any good reason to stay in she needs to concede

    It is her own Super D's ending it. Not the media.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 4, 2008 8:16:17 PM

  10. I have no doubt he'll be a much worse president than an orator.

    Besides, the last thing the White House needs is an incontinent old man peeing all over the carpet and furniture. That place would smell like old man for at least three more presidencies.

    Posted by: Brian | Jun 4, 2008 8:16:45 PM

  11. Davey's just a sore loser. As his own comments demonstrate, rational thought doesn't mean much to him.

    He needs his time to sulk, let him have it.

    Posted by: Dan | Jun 4, 2008 8:20:03 PM

  12. Dan

    I respect dave's passion though I totaly disagree with him.

    Grief takes time

    1- denial
    2- anger
    3- barganing
    4- guilt
    5- acceptance

    Comendably passionate DaveNYC is at stage 2 anger. I look foreword to stage 5 :-)

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 4, 2008 8:22:50 PM

  13. I honestly don't understand the people who insist that Obama cannot win against this man. Especially since Obama has already defeated a far more formidable opponent, Hillary. Not that I believe a Obama victory is a given (lord knows the right wing will pull out the racist stops), but anyone who watches this and concludes that McCain is electable and Obama isn't must either be hopelessly cynical, on acid, or secretly on the McCain payroll.

    P.S. Voting for Hillary as an independent (especially since she isn't running as one) WOULD be handing the old man the election.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 4, 2008 8:30:43 PM

  14. LMAO!!!!

    Posted by: Rich | Jun 4, 2008 8:51:30 PM


    Turns out it will be Saturday to acomodate more of her supporters

    Per Wolfson

    "Senator Clinton will be hosting an event in Washington, D.C., to thank her supporters and express her support for Senator Obama and party unity. This event will be held on Saturday to accommodate more of Senator Clinton's supporters who want to attend," her communications director Howard Wolfson said."


    "decided to end her historic presidential campaign while leaving her options open to retain her delegates and promote her issue agenda, a campaign official says. "

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 4, 2008 9:21:57 PM

  16. sorry repeat link

    Here is the updated one about saturday

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 4, 2008 9:23:54 PM

  17. I'm with you, DaveNYC. Out of solidarity with Clinton, I'd support her nomination. Watching the male punditry go berzerk last night because she hadn't conceded was disgusting. I say, screw 'em - let's go for broke. Obama got to where he is by disparaging Hillary - his lackeys certainly made this happen. He's lost my respect and my vote.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 4, 2008 10:44:58 PM

  18. Tom and DaveNYC--

    If you really supported Hillary, you'd do what she wants you to do: support Obama.

    So I'm not sure what you actually are, but it's not a Clinton supporter.

    Posted by: Dan E | Jun 4, 2008 11:11:23 PM

  19. So what J McCain is not a gifted speaker. That and a thin resume are all the Obama campaign has. There is no other person especially a woman who would ever even thought of running for president with the paper thin record of Barack Obama.

    I want Sen Clinton to keep her delegates, I want her name placed in nomination at the convention, because by then John McCain wil be ahead in dozens of states and up by 10 nationally. Okay super-delegates and even those pledged, you decide, who is the stronger candidate?

    Posted by: david stewart | Jun 4, 2008 11:18:14 PM

  20. I think we are witnessing one aspect of the McCain campaign's attempt to undermine Obama, and take the White House. Pose as fake Dems online and have one person say "vote independent" or "vote McCain", and then someone else conveniently agrees. You're not a Dem if you support McCain, and voting independent will only split the vote and McCain wins. Good try though. I'm sure some people will fall for it. If Hillary can't win, no one will...

    Posted by: hal | Jun 4, 2008 11:28:44 PM

  21. David stewart

    The latest polls all show obama beating mccain by 5-7% nationaly and he takes states like former red state Virginia


    McCain has advertised for internet trolls. At his offical web site they have even started awarding points to those that post the most. They started advertising for internet trolls a few weeks ago

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 4, 2008 11:33:34 PM

  22. "There is no other person especially a woman who would ever even thought of running for president with the paper thin record of Barack Obama."

    The new Clinton Talking Points. I guess "empty suit" lost it's freshness. If only Obama could have been nothing more than first lady for multiple years, traveling the world and the U.S. having tea with other leaders wives, then he could claim 35 years of relevant experience.

    If Hillary had the experience she claimed she would have run for president out of thew White House. She certainly would not have had to become a Senator before she could be taken seriously.

    But, by all means. Vote McCain or Independent, and send the country down the tubes. When gay people have no rights, when we are sending are next generation of young people to war in Iraq and Iran, when gas is 8.00 dollars a gallon and food costs are through the roof, while Cheney gets richer and richer, you can comfort yourself with the knowledge that you took all your toys and went home, because you couldn't get your way. Congratulations.

    Posted by: hal | Jun 4, 2008 11:37:45 PM


    Howard fineman reported that it was Hillary supporters that pushed her out.

    According to his sources in the clinton campaign, many of her staff knew it was over but Hillary didn't. They contacted her BIGGEST supproters in the senate Like Barbara Mikulski, Senator Nelson, Barbara Boxer, and even Chuck Schumer and begged them to lay it out for her. To have an intervention.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 5, 2008 12:06:45 AM

  24. Exactly Hal.
    This is not about the personalities of Clinton and Obama, two candidates who are pretty much the same on most every issue; this is about getting our country back from the right wing slime machine that is destroying it.
    Clinton as an independent candidate would be an absolute disaster and allow McCain to win. This insane option or voting McCain or not voting at all is not an option for anyone who actually cares about healthcare, the environment, ending the war, gay rights, Roe v. Wade, the economy and many more issues. This is the most important election in decades and there is no time to be a childish sore loser. Join together with your fellow Democrats to defeat the people who are ruining our country.

    Posted by: AdamN | Jun 5, 2008 12:08:54 AM

  25. ADAMN

    Clinton could never run idependent.

    Not enough time to get her name on the ballot of all 50 states.

    It isn't that easy to run an indipendent campaign.

    Nader started a while ago. Barr has the benefit of the libertarian party having already filled all the paper work and petitions to reserve a spot for their candidate on the ballots in every state.

    Clinton just does not have enough time to do such so she could never run indie even if she wanted to. Though I do not think she would if she could. The clintons are dems.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 5, 2008 12:43:03 AM

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