Baseball Crank
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March 3, 2008
POLITICS: Gods Don't Answer Press Conferences, Either

8 questions and a snit. Compared to 36 and an offer to answer more by McCain. Don't the media understand? He's not supposed to have to answer questions!

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:24 PM | Politics 2008 | Comments (33) | TrackBack (0)

I'd rather someone answer truthfully in 8 than lie outright (and demonstrable lies at that) in 36.

Posted by: AstrosFan at March 3, 2008 11:41 PM

Crank is sounding far more like a whiny beyotch than some rough and tumble neocon. Oh yeah wait, neocons are abunch of old guys who let young minorities do their fighting for them.

Posted by: dante at March 4, 2008 1:30 AM

The last statement by Dante is only half true. I remember the Viet Nam war too well (draft number 64, lousy eyesight). Neoliberals let young minorities do their fighting for them too.

One day I might even forgive Robert MacNamara. But I doubt it.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at March 4, 2008 9:53 AM

neocons are abunch of old guys who let young minorities do their fighting for them

I see the "chickenhawk" talking point had to be taken back to the shop and retooled to account for John McCain.

Posted by: The Crank at March 4, 2008 9:58 AM

It does seem that the one segment of the media that isn't falling all over themselves to blanket Obama in protective bubble wrap is the people who've covered him the longest. Of course, I'd expect the same is true of McCain.

Posted by: Jerry at March 4, 2008 11:10 AM

Funny coming from GWB lovers that someone would only answer a handful of questions. Maybe he should just create and hire his own reporter who can lob him softballs. More up your guys' alley, huh?

Posted by: jim at March 4, 2008 11:15 AM

This just goes to show that Obama has a political glass jaw.

Oh and you guys forgot two of my favorite Kossite talking points; Halliburton!, and Because of the Hypocrisy!

Posted by: The Deacon at March 4, 2008 1:59 PM

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the "Chickenhawk Talking Point".

It's the perfect retort to morons who think we hate the troops and loved Saddam, just because we were smart enough to see the war would be a disaster.

Posted by: Robert in BA at March 4, 2008 2:13 PM

The real "unknown" in this election is not 1. how the first woman president would fare, or 2. how the first black president would fare, or 3 what Obama's positions are, or 4. how Hillary would respond at 3 am but really...5. HOW WOULD A 72 YR OLD HOLD UP AS PRESIDENT? That's the true uncharted territory, because we've never elected anyone that old before and its a fair question to consider whether any 72 yr old regardless of party could hold up to the rigors of a presidential schedule. All he has to do is be off his physical or mental game one time at a critical point in time and its a problem. Let alone the prospect of some unelected chump VP becoming president in the event of illness or death. To date I havent heard a persuasive answer to this problem, and please dont trot out McCain's sassy 95 yr old mother as an example of superior genetics.

Posted by: frank at March 4, 2008 2:28 PM

Reagan was 74 at the start of his second term...I'd settle for a repeat performance

Posted by: Maryland Conservatarian at March 4, 2008 2:44 PM

Lol at the "conservatarian" comparing Reagan to McCain. What to choose, an old opportunist without alzheimer's , or an old conservative with.

Posted by: frank at March 4, 2008 3:00 PM

I certainly don't think McCain's age is irrelevant. But if he appears to be healthy and on top of his game mentally, and has a VP that people seriously think could step in and do the job (something absolutely essential in this case), I don't think the issue will hurt him too badly.

Posted by: Jerry at March 4, 2008 3:08 PM

Reagan's second term was a disaster. He was lost and out of it when Iran-contra scandal broke and everyone knew that he was finished.

Posted by: steve at March 4, 2008 3:09 PM

It's true we've never elected a president older than McCain would be if he's elected, however, since life expectancy has continued to rise it's not like he's knocking on death's door. IIRC the life expectancy for an american male born when McCain was is now something like 78 years old. I'm also willing to bet that McCain is also in slightly better health and has better care available than the average senior citizen.

Of the plethora of reasons to not vote for John McCain, worries about his age are probably way down on that list.

Posted by: SFC B at March 4, 2008 3:17 PM

While I realize that the jobs' demands are different, McCain is 16 years younger than Justice Stevens and the same age as Justices Scalia and Kennedy, who are regarded as being essentially in mid-career; there are any number of Senators older than McCain. The age thing isn't a non-issue, as the job does age you in dog years, but McCain is unusually vigorous - he's sounded bleary and exhausted on the trail a lot less frequently than Obama, who is young enough to be his son.

Posted by: The Crank at March 4, 2008 3:26 PM

If Hillary take the big two today we are headed for a convention brawl. Her camp will pound the home the point that Obama is handling the sudden heat poorly. They are already working the not vetted angle, with the Chicago trial kicking off that figures to pick up steam. This news conference figures to break the dam from a media perspective. The national crowd will play catch up re the Chicago reporters, all to Obama's detriment.

Posted by: abe at March 4, 2008 3:33 PM

Don't compare a 75 year old president with a 75 year old Supreme Court Justice, who sits on his rear-end, reads briefs and case law and writes opinions. There are few emergencies in the life of a Supreme Court Justice. Technically, a Supreme Court Justice does not even have to speak with his colleagues.

Posted by: steve at March 4, 2008 3:37 PM

Lol at crank's sophistry about McCain looking more vigorous than Obama.

Posted by: frank at March 4, 2008 4:12 PM

I guess its fair game for Crank to dog out Obama's youth because he's less "experienced" but McCain's age is a nonstarter? If the situation was reversed and the Dem was the older candidate you'd see his emphasis/arguments reverse as well.

Posted by: seth soothsayer at March 4, 2008 4:29 PM

You know, if Obama as C-I-C has to use the military for anything at all he's going to be a chickenhawk also. I guess that means we'll have to surrender to Canada after all since Democrats would never be hypocritical about something like that.

The poster above who insinuates that Bush doesn't take much tough questioning from the media is beyond ignorant. Remember that it's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than open it and confirm that opinion.

Fine crop of patriotic dissenters you've got here, Mr. Crank.

Posted by: spongeworthy at March 4, 2008 4:36 PM

"I guess that means we'll have to surrender to Canada..."

Not half as bad as a repeat of Reagan's second term performance.

Bush has taken enough questions (and opened his mouth enough) to confirm he's a fool. What's worse is those who still argue against the opinion.

Posted by: Robert in BA at March 4, 2008 6:13 PM

sponge, you never fail to disappoint. From stating that Bush takes on all comers at PCs to calling anyone who disagrees with you a commie. Either you are Karl Rove or you are his lover.

Posted by: jim at March 4, 2008 6:59 PM

Christ, are people really trying to make an issue out of McCain's age? Unreal. How much longer are people living in this day & age? Does anyone consider that a 71 yr old in 2008 might have a leg up on a 63 yr old elected, say, at the turn of the century? I believe Churchill was in his late 70's when he won his final term of office. What a stupid issue.

Posted by: tsmonk at March 4, 2008 7:45 PM


It's a diversion tactic. Trivia like Obama's middle name, Edwards' haircut, and ALL their religious beliefs are how leaders are chosen in "the greatest country in the world".

Posted by: Robert in BA at March 4, 2008 11:18 PM

Hillary romps, on to the convention brawl. Obama will be in the media cross hairs now. Let's see if he handles his next news conference more professionally.

Posted by: abe at March 5, 2008 7:22 AM

Jim, you reveal your ignorance. If Bush will take questions from Gregory and Milbank he's not turning away tough questions. Those guys spit their questions at him. You obviously have never watched any of the pretty much weekly pressers he's held this year.

You're just repeating what some other dumbass wrote and you sucked down like the chocolate milk your Mom leaves outside your door. Face it, even demented Robert in BA admits Bush takes the tough ones. When that guy has a better grip on reality than you, seek help.

Posted by: spongeworthy at March 5, 2008 9:56 AM

I would never claim that press conferences are Bush's strong suit, and he hasn't had them with the kind of frequency his father did, but he's stood in for a lot more tough questioning than Obama, including hostile journos like Gregory and Milbank, as noted above, and regular insulting lectures from Helen Thomas.

Posted by: The Crank at March 5, 2008 10:09 AM

Wow, sponge, you are an angry and unbalanced individual. You continue to live in your fantasy world where Bush rules the world and is the intellectual equivalent of Einstein and everyone who thinks otherwise is either in prison or shot. Have at it my man, roll over and say "Hi" to KR for us all.

Posted by: jim at March 5, 2008 1:23 PM

Jim, I do not think he is "KR", so he is the lover? At the next meeting of the minds you might want to finish you flavor aid.

Posted by: abe at March 5, 2008 4:35 PM

abe, in the interest of people understanding what you write you might want to brush up on your grammar. Or, perhaps, was that an attempt at Bush-style grammar?

Posted by: jim at March 5, 2008 4:39 PM

Sorry J-I-M, point is you are a medicated freak. Missed that? Correct the grammar of my last comment, and morn the loss of the Superbowl. Call a 21 point win and rot with the circumstances.

Posted by: abe at March 5, 2008 6:32 PM

Wow, another unbalanced individual who takes things a little too personally here. I like the name calling though. Oh, an "morn" is short for morning which is when the sun comes up. "Mourn" is the word for which you are looking.

Posted by: jim at March 6, 2008 11:41 AM

You are correct, thank you Jim.

Posted by: abe at March 6, 2008 7:27 PM
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