All The Big Guys Agree

No more Mr. Nice Guy.

That was the advice today from Dick Morris, Bill O'Reilly, Bernie Goldberg, and Dennis Miller – stop with the civility!

Although I was stunned when Dennis Miller, trying to be Dennis Miller, called it "artifice," as in McCain and Palin better drop the artifice."

He meant "pretense." Artifice means to be clever, and McCain and Palin have been anything but, unless Miller knows something I don't – like all the stupidity lately has been a ruse to lull Obama and Biden into underestimating their opponents.

But I know John McCain, John McCain is no friend of mine, and I know that what you see is what you get.

That's the good news. The bad news is, he's not likely to change.

So he's going to suffer a very mannerly defeat?

It's worse for Palin if she follows McCain's lead. What was just a few weeks ago, a political career with unlimited potential could fade into nothingness as soon as tomorrow if she doesn't show her pit bull side.

She doesn't have to know all the answers. She can make mistakes. What people want to see is that she's mad as hell and she's not going to let Biden leave with his reputation, as pitiful as it already is, intact.

And she needs to put the media on notice that she's not going to stand for any more gotcha questions. There's a famous piece of advice for people who want to achieve big goals. It is to ask yourself, "Would a successful person do what I'm doing right now?" Palin needs to ask herself a variation of that: "Would Margaret Thatcher entertain such a question with good cheer?"

Whether it's a directive of her handlers or whether she's really far more meek than she first appeared, Sarah Palin has been far too willing to answer nonsensical questions instead of saying, "With all the serious and pressing issues we face right now, you want to know what Supreme Court decisions from the past I might have problems with? C'MON, ask me something important. C'MON, RIGHT NOW! Show your viewers you're an intelligent journalist, not a gossip columnist."

As far as I know, there is no film, no evidence of Palin ever having done that, but nothing less will do.

Of course, even a clear victory over Biden won't assure anything given the McCain who has shown up for the final battle. We thought his selection of Palin showed that he was engaged and ready to destroy the opposition. Everything since the convention has indicated otherwise. The problem is, there's no evidence, no film, of McCain ever being a pit bull either. He's been a guy who's always willing to insult and disregard his base but never the liberal opposition.

So it doesn't look good. It doesn't look bad, either because people don't want to vote for Obama. McCain has to give them a reason to vote for McCain. Luckily he has at least two more opportunities, and that's even if Sarah doesn't do well.

McCain reminds me of his own Arizona Diamondbacks who should have won their division going away. Instead, they finished two games out, and it's all because of the manager. McCain's manager can either demand he perform like a winner or let McCain decide for himself when to bunt or steal. In the case of the Diamondbacks, leaving it to the players was a disaster. Leaving it up to McCain could result in the same fate.


Update: By the way, if McCain fails, he will be hated like no one has ever been hated. I'm already rehearsing…


Update: I just remembered another self-help comment: "they say that the meek shall inherit the Earth… and that's exactly what they'll get – dirt!!"

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A longtime veteran of comedy and political forums, I decided that I needed a more restful venue because... well... I finally hate everybody. Except my wife that is... and my ex-wife.. and... no, that's about it. I lead about as simple a life as one can, preferring activities that include anything that doesn't involve going out and seeing YOU! And I particularly enjoy what I call "Get the Bitch" movies on Lifetime. You know the ones where the intended victim finally does something so incredibly stupid that she forfeits her right to live, and from that moment on you're rooting for the stalker. Of course, it rarely works out the way you want, but when it does, the feeling you get is... well, there's nothing else like it, other than, maybe, eating chocolate chip cookies. Oh, and I'm proudly anti-wildlife, both foreign and domestic, and anti-environment - especially foreign environments. I think Howard Stern put it best when he said, "If fifty percent of the population died tomorrow, I can live with that." And I feel the same about the other fifty percent, so together, we've pretty much got it all covered.
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5 Responses to All The Big Guys Agree

  1. Scio, Scio says:

    Precisely my frustration with this campaign. McCain has had ample opportunity to gain traction against Obama, but refuses to do so. He's an honorable man and that works against him. I mean…they ridicule his captivity, attack him as out of touch because he doesn't use a keyboard, refuse to apologize for said keyboard remark after mention was made of the repeated breaking of McCain's arms…the list goes on.
    And not one jab at Obama for Tony Rezko, Jeremiah Wright, or Bill Ayers? Not one serious attempt to link him to these people?
    Palin better do it, that's all I have to say. Spot on article, Ted.

  2. TedWest says:

    But we knew what he was up against, though he may not have, since he'd received rather favorable treatment in the past.
    And none of us were prepared for the absolutely vile tactics and comments, not just by the gutter-filth that is the ordinary liberal, but by formerly somewhat respectable public figures.
    Unfortunately, we can't do it for McCain, and we're going to see tonight whether anyone in the campaign has a clue yet.
    That was a good article, but it's analytical. What's needed now it for McCain to show that temperament that got him where he is… or rather was. My biggest concern is that he can't attack Obama the way he needs to. I couldn't think of an example when McCain has done that in the past, and neither could my wife, so that covers all possibilities, as you know!

  3. Lexann says:

    Good "temperament" article, Scio. Don't you think that the McCain/Palin managers are giving them bad advice? They are probably thinking like the liberals, that to attack is bad form, to show passion will turn off Americans. Telling them: you should be more agreeable, like Obama. But the truth is that McCain's temper and passion is what will excite America.

  4. Lexann says:

    I'm not a big guy, but I agree. Take off the gloves already! The Obama ticket needs an a**whippin! And it would be SO easy to do! There is SO MUCH ammunition available, why doesn't McCain or Palin use it?What was just a few weeks ago, a political career with unlimited
    potential could fade into nothingness as soon as tomorrow if she
    doesn't show her pit bull side.I keep wondering where is that wonderful sarcasm she was filled with during her RNC speech? She gave Obama lots of good "zingers", and the dems fell all over themselves! Why not stick to that plan?

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