McCain wins debate with self

Charlie Burr

Greengoogleymoogely Although the first presidential debate is several hours away, John McCain has already declared himself the winner. McCain's self-proclaimed success also marks a dramatic turnaround for the candidate, who only yesterday did not plan on attending the yet-to-occur forum.

From the Washington Post:

Although the fate of tonight's presidential debate in Mississippi remains very much up in the air, John McCain has apparently already won it -- if you believe an Internet ad an astute reader spotted next to this piece in the online edition of the Wall Street Journal this morning.

"McCain Wins Debate!" declares the ad which features a headshot of a smiling McCain with an American flag background. Another ad spotted by our eagle-eyed observer featured a quote from McCain campaign manager Rick Davis declaring: "McCain won the debate-- hands down."

Perhaps Woody Allen said it best: "Eighty percent of success is just showing up."

What do you think Obama could have done differently? In hindsight of tonight's debate, should Obama have run really fast around the world -- kind of like in the end of the first Superman -- to prevent this devastating loss?


  • St (unverified)

    Amazing, John McCain and his entire campaign staff are "unstuck in time" like Billy Pilgrim in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse five. McCain also wishes he were "Unstuck in this election". I think they are also increasingly "unstuck in reality". What a poorly run campaign.

  • politicjock (unverified)

    With his recent stunts, John McCain has demonstrated he is too erratic to be President. What he is going to do if he's President and a major crisis hits, suspend the Constitution?

  • Gregor (unverified)

    When one subscribes to the belief that one can create their own reality, this is what you get. It's irrelevant what anyone else has to offer if one believes they won the debate before it even happened, that is sufficient. This goes along with the rest of reality for Zom-Bushes.

    Sarah Palin is ready to lead on day one! She has the confidence and will not blink, a sure sign she has joined the league of the un-thinking and is a Zom-Bush now. Afterall, she did tell the troops, including her son, that they were going to Iraq in response to 9/11. Who needs facts?

    To return to McCain, who is actually the candidate, not that it matters to a Zom-Bush, he suspended his campaign! He was leaving for Washington to help in the economic crisis and could not keep his date with Letterman! But he had that same time slot to meet with Katie Couric of the very same network. He even had time to sleep in NY City before going to Dc, but no time for Letterman.

    It is also irrelevant that he admits he is short suited in economics. He can help avert the world's worst economic disaster. Like his secret strategy to win in Iraq, he has a secret strategy to solve the crisis. You can tell from his grinning like the Cheshire Cat at the roundtable with the President and Congressional leaders, he has the answer.

    We'll all live happily with war ever after, just vote McCain.

  • cw (unverified)

    Does anyone have a link or list of where debate events are happening tonight?

  • joel dan walls (unverified)

    McSame needs a more compelling stunt than the "suspend campaign" nonsense. I suggest he perform surgery on himself, without anesthetic, live on TV.

  • Lennon (unverified)

    Okay, I hate that I'm doing this, but...

    Haven't any of you ever hit the 'Send' button in your email client early? No? What about clicking 'Yes' in a dialog box where you really meant 'No', or typing the wrong year in a date field?

    Of course they would have prepared these ads in advance. Someone just typed the wrong date in the 'start date' field when doing the ad buy, and then yanked 'em as soon as they could.

    If this is a sign of anything, it's not McCain's overconfidence; it his lack of understanding of how critical technology, and specifically online communication, are to modern politics.

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    So, by this logic if McCain projectile vomits on stage tonight, or eats a dead rat, or calls Jim Lehrer a trollop, the ads congratulating him on the win would be OK to run tomorrow?

  • Tom Civiletti (unverified)

    McCain and Palin are not constrained by reality, whether by matter of simple fact or by the intricacies of time and space.

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    So, by this logic if McCain projectile vomits on stage tonight, or eats a dead rat, or calls Jim Lehrer a trollop, the ads congratulating him on the win would be OK to run tomorrow?

    Will it be okay? LOL, no. But will they do it anyway? Of course.

    Like Tom says, they're not exactly constrained by reality.

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