John McCain praises Obama!

I lifted this from the Concord Monitor newspaper website. This should only help Obama in the primaries on Tuesday.

McCain on Obama
Submitted by Monitor Staff on Sun, 2008-01-06 18:18.

To hear John McCain tell it, Barack Obama reminds him a lot of himself eight years ago. He described Obama as the anti-establishment candidate with a bipartisan message who's breaking through.

"Knowing him well, as I do, I know he had great potential, but I wasn't sure about, and I think all of us who indulge in the conventional wisdom didn't know, is whether he could have success against what was basically very strong control of the party and its apparatus in Sen Clinton," he said. "It's sort of what we faced in 2000 with Gov. Bush. He had the whole party apparatus behind him. I'm not saying she had all of it, but she certainly had a good part of it."

In 2000, McCain won New Hampshire but lost the nominating contest to Bush. He said today that it would be unwise to count Clinton out of the race.

Quiz: Is McCain talking about himself in 2000, or Obama in 2008?

"He is very articulate. He's got a very strong message of let's work together and get something done for the country. I think he has articulated that message very effectively. I think that he campaigns extremely well, and he's able to motivate people, to say the least, very well. And I think he has a pretty good message."

- Margot Sanger-Katz

Tags: Barack Obama, John McCain (all tags)

Comments

37 Comments

Re: John McCain praises Obama!

sure McCain is not stupid, he knows he could kick Obama's ass in the GE.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-06 07:11PM | 0 recs
you got that right

We are in a world of hurt if it's an Obama-McCain matchup.

by desmoinesdem 2008-01-06 07:13PM | 0 recs
Re: you got that right

You've got be kidding!

First of all McCain is very vulnerable.

But more importantly Obama is a political phenomenon. You ought to give a little credit where credit is due!

by crackityjones 2008-01-06 07:16PM | 0 recs
Re: you got that right

It's a whole different world if Obama goes up against someone the media actually likes.

Why don't you share your theory for why McCain is making these comments.  Because he's a great guy?

by Steve M 2008-01-06 07:23PM | 0 recs
Re: you got that right

Here's one thing that could explain McCain's friendly words: McCain's senior media advisor, Mark McKinnon, has stated that he will not work for McCain against Obama and that he will take no part in any effort to tear down Obama's candidacy.

Here's a link for more info: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2007/06/06 /senior-mccain-adviser-tol_n_51018.html

Of course, that's just a guess. But, this isn't the first example of McCain treating Obama more kindly than other dems. For instance, McCain ran an ad in NH months ago that criticized Clinton and Edwards specifically, but didn't mention Obama at all. For some reason, McCain is shy about criticizing Obama. Maybe it's because of McKinnon's refusal to participate in negativity directed toward Obama, or maybe McCain's campaign just appreciates that NH indies like Obama and doesn't want to alienate those potential voters.

I don't really know. But, I don't think he's trying to get Obama nominated just because he thinks Obama will be cake in the general. McCain's message is very much about trust in government, so I don't think he would prefer to run against another "good government" candidate. Nor would he want to run against someone who only emphasizes his age and staleness. If I were McCain and were able to pick my opponent, I would choose Edwards most definitely. I will only go into my reasons for that conclusion upon further request since I don't really like electability discussions, and I don't like to gratuitously mention our potential nominee's most vulnerable weaknesses.

by DPW 2008-01-06 07:55PM | 0 recs
Re: you got that right

Maybe he truly believes it?

Remember he's the "straight talk express"!

Maybe its just that since Obama is the flavor of the week and there are a lot of independents voting tomorrow he is hoping that by saying something nice about Obama it helps his campaign.

I doubt McCain is thinking about the general! He's got to win NH!

It seemed like a nice quote but then the negative vibe social club arrived on this thread!

by crackityjones 2008-01-06 08:12PM | 0 recs
Re: you got that right

MeCain is jonsing for the first african american president obviously.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-07 02:08AM | 0 recs
Re: you got that right

I think you're right about McCain being Obama's toughest opponent. I think he could still beat him, but it would be more difficult than some of the others. I would love for it to be Giuliani, but I don't see that happening. Huckabee and Romney aren't too bad for Obama.

by dmc2 2008-01-07 02:49AM | 0 recs
Re: you got that right

I agree that McCain is the worst case.  However, I hate to be mean, he is carrying his A-G-E.  There's nothing he can do about it.  I respect McCain immensely, largely for his Viet-Nam experience which was truly heroic, but also for his style and because his first car was a Corvette and his girlfriend had a racy nickname.  And I have a soft spot for fast jets.  I don't believe this man is afraid of very much.

But lionise him as you will he's old and getting older and you're proposing a scenario where he is competing with Obama, whom only the 22nd Amendment could retire.  It complicates the VP issue and will surely arise whether Obama highlighted it or not, which I presume he wouldn't under normal circumstances.

There's one other little thing, from memory, early in the piece Obama offered to go public finance in the general if his Republican opponent agreed to do so as well.  He even requested, and got, an FEC ruling allowing this after fighting the primary with open contributions.  This received little comment at the time, save an agreement from McCain.  Now that would make things even more interesting.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-01-06 07:54PM | 0 recs
Re: you got that right

McCain takes all the rust belt states.  His age will not matter because the age of the people in those states is higher than the national average.  Try to make age an issue and it will backfire.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-07 02:17AM | 0 recs
Re: you got that right

It's already out there, John McCain and mother 'defy age'.  We don't need to bring it up, the Republicans will do it for us.  Just wait until Huckabee has a turn.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-01-07 03:48AM | 0 recs
Re: you got that right

Here's the link if you're interested, McCain and Obama in Deal on Public Financing.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-01-06 08:04PM | 0 recs
Re: you got that right

We are in a world of hurt if it's an Obama-McCain matchup.  -- Desmoinesdem

Okay, thats your opinion but considering your track record on predicting this race so far makes me believe he'll do just fine

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I am having trouble making my final prediction, because I wouldn't be too surprised by any one of the top three winning. Here goes:


Edwards 35 percent
Obama 28 percent
Clinton 27 percent
--desmoinesdem

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If we are to believe the DMR, 60 percent of caucus-goers will be first-timers. That means that either a lot of regulars are lying when they say they'll show up, or the total turnout will shatter the record. We'd have to have over 300 people in the room to have 60 percent of the caucus-goers be there for the first time.

And that would suggest a statewide turnout of way more than 150,000.

I am not buying it.
--desmoinesdem

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good news for Hillary. She would be ahead if they'd used the 2004 turnout model rather than the absurd assumptions they went with.  [regarding the DMR polling method]
--desmoinesdem

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you might have called one or two counties correctly (not sure about that even) but pretty much everything else you said about Iowa was wrong...

by soros 2008-01-06 09:20PM | 0 recs
Re: you got that right
the GE is not a primary and there will be no caucuses to cook with voters from other states.  The independents will go for McCain after the right is finished with him.
They have laid a finger on him yet because they hate Clinton and want to run against Obama.  You act as if this is not a reality.  They haven't touched him yet and when they do it is over.  13 percent of DEMOCRATS will not vote for him under any circumstances.
I can guarantee you that Obama will lose PA to McCain.  He wouldn't lose it to Romney or Huck but he will lose it to McCain and age will be an advantage for MeCain in Pa.
by MollieBradford 2008-01-07 02:22AM | 0 recs
Re: you got that right

Links to out of state voters caucusing?

by dmc2 2008-01-07 02:51AM | 0 recs
Re: you got that right

common knowledge.  Obama's campaign has been saying for months it was okay and legally it is.  But it was still sleazy to bus all those college kids back from Il during winter break.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-07 03:00AM | 0 recs
NeoCon McCain loses in Iowa polls to Obama


General Election Match-ups for President:

A new SurveyUSA automated survey of 539 registered voters in Iowa (conducted 12/13 through 12/15) finds:

     McCain 46%, Clinton 45%
      Clinton 46%, Huckabee 45%
      Clinton 48%, Romney 45%
      Clinton 47%, Giuliani 42%

     Obama 51%, Romney 39%
      Obama 51%, McCain 39%
      Obama 52%, Huckabee 39%
      Obama 55%, Giuliani 36%

As such, if Huck irons out a few wrinkles, I think he's the favorite to win the GOP nomination at this point. Huck would be hard for any Dem to beat (contrary to the CW in the blogosphere) except for Obama.

I expect an Obama vs Huckabee GE to be a civilized issues-oriented debate where both of them would be calling for uniting the country, instead of dividing it using usual stupid political games and nonsense.

by NeuvoLiberal 2008-01-06 07:55PM | 0 recs
Re: NeoCon McCain loses in Iowa polls to Obama

McCain didn't actually campaign in Iowa... did you see the Ohio poll out today that showed what it looks like-- McCain was ahead of Obama there.

by Jerome Armstrong 2008-01-06 07:58PM | 0 recs
Re: NeoCon McCain loses in Iowa polls to Obama

It's a worry.  Would be a nice swish if Obama starved him of just enough independents in NH to give it to Romney, even by a whisker.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-01-06 08:06PM | 0 recs
Re: NeoCon McCain loses in Iowa polls to Obama

Thats what I'm thinking and it would really help Obama too because he wouldn't have to put up with the "McCain would destroy Obama" narrative which seems popular in some parts.

by crackityjones 2008-01-06 08:14PM | 0 recs
Re: NeoCon McCain loses in Iowa polls to Obama

Well, I think Obama could tackle McCain, frankly, but he is a challenging adversary.  My point is he is carrying a considerable handicap now, eight years since he scared the sh*t out of everybody last time.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-01-06 08:22PM | 0 recs
just checked: 3% is not bad given Obama

hasn't stepped into campaign in Ohio, but McCain has been a standard fixture on Sunday talk shows for years:


Barack Obama: 42%
John McCain: 45%
Undecided: 14%

Since all four of Obama, Hillary, Romney and Huck did campaign in Iowa, Obama's signifiantly better numbers vs Romney and Huck there are impressive indeed (esp. given that IA is mostly white and a good part rural) and are showing that Obama wears well (far better than  HRC) once he campaigns hard and people get to see him up close and personal. His appeal to independents, younger voters and traditionally apathetic non-voters is unmistakably strong.

Obama has shown that he has the potential change the electoral landscape in terms of getting new voters to participate in elections. He must be on the ticket in 2008, one way or the other.

by NeuvoLiberal 2008-01-06 08:11PM | 0 recs
How about maybe McCain was just giving a honest

assessment? McCain is known to just speak his mind, it's called "straight talk"

You're one of the most cynical commenter's on MyDD. Wake up, it's a new day.....

Anyway, I'll leave it at that, I'll wait until after the GE, and then watch you eat CROW, I'll be serving it ICE COLD.

by rapcetera 2008-01-07 01:48AM | 0 recs
oooohh Iceberg

you got me shivering in fear.  You do....

lol

by MollieBradford 2008-01-07 02:24AM | 0 recs
Re: oooohh Iceberg

Mollie, you always cheer me up and make me laugh. Thanks!

by lonnette33 2008-01-07 04:12AM | 0 recs
oooohh Iceberg

Mollie, you always cheer me up and make me laugh. Thanks!

by lonnette33 2008-01-07 04:12AM | 0 recs
Still thinking I'm IcebergSlim

eh? sigh :-(

by rapcetera 2008-01-07 07:52AM | 0 recs
Re: John McCain praises Obama!

"great potential"

That will become the media mantra against Obama, given to them by McCain, if that's the matchup.

by Jerome Armstrong 2008-01-06 07:20PM | 0 recs
Re: John McCain praises Obama!

How negative!

You got no hope man!

by crackityjones 2008-01-06 07:23PM | 0 recs
Re: John McCain praises Obama!

Dude, I've got a long way to go. First I gotta believe, then get some trust, then partake in unity... hope is a long ways off for me.

by Jerome Armstrong 2008-01-06 07:59PM | 0 recs
Re: John McCain praises Obama!

We'll get there...  It's just gonna' take a little longer.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-01-06 08:08PM | 0 recs
Re: John McCain praises Obama!

Is this supposed to pass for political analysis?  Obama vs. McCain equals a referendum on the Iraq War and the Bush agenda.  Throw in youth vs. age, this is the dream match-up for the Dems.  But no, keep teasing him about hope, deriding him about hope.  You are completely out of touch with what is going on in this country.  You're even out of touch with what is going on in this Party.

by Piuma 2008-01-06 08:27PM | 0 recs
Re: John McCain praises Obama!

Go over to RedState, they are pissed that HRC seems to be going down.

McCain is going to be a challenge. But at with Obama, we have a chance in the fight over independents.

Against McCain, HRC gets none.

by Louverture 2008-01-06 07:30PM | 0 recs
by Louverture 2008-01-06 07:31PM | 0 recs
Re: GOP fears Obama

lol

by MollieBradford 2008-01-07 02:26AM | 0 recs
Re: John McCain praises Obama!

I think we can say without too much debate that while McCain is the strongest candidate against Obama, Obama would do far better against him than Hillary would.

by dmc2 2008-01-07 02:54AM | 0 recs
Re: John McCain praises Obama!

I don't agree with this.  Obama has both more upside and more downside in a GE.

by Steve M 2008-01-07 05:03AM | 0 recs

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