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Friday Talking Points [53] -- Why McCain Is Losing, And Why Democrats Shouldn't Say So

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

John McCain is losing the race for the White House. Now, this doesn't mean he has already lost it -- we've still got to go vote, after all. I'll cov...

A Challenge

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andrew Sargus Klein

Snark and blinkered partisanship aren't going to help anyone out of this mess. It's going to take a lot of ivory tower types and pragmatic politicians to pull this off.

It's Going to Take a Lot More Than Joe the Plumber

Mary Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Lyon

I'd still like to like John McCain, especially since I once did - to some degree anyway. But with every day on this marathon, in every speech, and every debate, I'm less motivated to do so.

McCain "Categorically" Proud of Hateful Rally Attendees

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ZP Heller

During last night's presidential debate, McCain said he was "categorically" proud of the people who attend his rallies. He claimed he has always repudiated any "out of bounds remarks" made by Republicans.

Joe the Plumber's Imaginary Empire

Mike Papantonio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Papantonio

The truth about Joe is that he is not a licensed plumber and he's never made more than $40,000 dollars a year in that trade.

America Finally Gets a Presidential Debate, Because Candidates Gave Them One

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Deggans

I was surprised by the snap polls from CBS and CNN showing a big win for Obama. I don't think McCain ran the table like he wanted, but he did raise his rhetorical game.

Hey Joe: Meet the Constitution

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The clear winner of Wednesday's debate, Joe the plumber, focused a national debate on the wisdom and fairness of progressive taxation.

Is There a GOP Strategy -- A Kamikaze Campaign for the Black Helicopter Crowd?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

McCain had already convinced most Americans he's not capable of fixing the economy, but last night he convinced them that... they don't like him, either.

The Angry Smirk Seen Around the World

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

McCain has flip-flopped on so many issues so often we need to name a new type of sandal in his honor. Don't forget your McCains and sunscreen next time you pack for the beach.

A New Conversation on Abortion

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Life is precious. John McCain believes that, Barack Obama believes that, Sarah Palin believes that, and so does Joe Biden. In fact, I'm not sure I have ever met a person who believes otherwise.

McCain's Losing Strategy: Double Down on the Anger

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This debate was won on the reaction shots. Every time Obama spoke, McCain grimaced, sneered, or rolled his eyes. Every time McCain was on the attack, Obama smiled - underlining McCain's need for anger management. Read More New on Green: Sloan Barnett and Green Goes With Everything For many people, the signature image signifying threats to our environment is the disappearing snowcap atop Mt. Kilimanjaro. Sloan Barnett epitomizes the new image. She is a former consumer reporter who became an environmental activist when her son developed asthma. Read More October Surprise Update: What McCain May Be Planning and What Obama Can Do to Ruin It As the one arrow left in McCain's quiver -- other than appealing to racists -- national security becomes the likeliest playing field for an October Surprise. Read More

Joe the Plumber, Obama and McCain

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

Wow, I never thought a presidential discussion would get me thinking so much about my toilet.

The Faces of John McCain

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Ninety minutes of John McCain making faces was more than enough for a lifetime. It's hard to imagine anyone willingly inviting that antic lemon-sucking grinfest into their homes for the next four years.

Obama-McCain Hofstra Presidential Debate Reaction: HuffPost Bloggers Weigh In

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington: McCain's Losing Strategy: Double Down on the Anger: McCain scored the zinger of the night with, "I am not President Bush. If you ...

Presidential Debate Preview: McCain Says He'll "Whip" Obama's "You-Know-What"

Huffington Post | Katharine Zaleski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***Click here for complete coverage of tonight's debate*** Tonight is the third and final presidential debate, and the stakes are highest for John Mc...

If You Want To Know Who'll Be The Next President, Watch The Debate With The Sound Off

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

McCain runs the gamut from rebellious teenager to grumpy old man without ever pausing at the stage of mature adult.

McCain Is Not Bush? - The Failed Economics of Reagan, Bush and McCain

Bruce Tenenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Tenenbaum

If John McCain wants us to think he's not the same as George Bush, perhaps he should stop embracing Bush's policies.

Obama Glides, McCain Punches-- Big Winner Is Joe the Plumber!

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Forget Joe Six-Pack. We have a new American icon, who may not need a designated driver on the way home from the soccer game.

Out of Line: Debate Prepping

Mort Gerberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mort Gerberg

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Obama Flack Accidentally Sends Out Pre-Debate Talking Points

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"Reminder: These are for staff only and not for distribution," warns the email. And then, the spin, accidentally sent to reporters this morning. "* ...

Plumbers Again?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

While Obama came across like a breathless statesman, McCain came off incendiary, competitive, and humorless making it hard to accept his premise that he will use the military option as a last resort.

The "Joe the Plumber" Debate

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

We have just experienced the worst financial crisis in 70 years. Eight hundred thousand people have lost their jobs in recent months. And all McCain wants to talk about is Bill Ayers and ACORN?

Not Boring, Substantive, and Obama Dominates

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

I have a brother who is a plumber. His name's not Joe, and he is voting for Obama.

Liveblog! Obama and McCain Meet Head On For The Last Time, Unless You Count Election Day

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Will McCain lose his temper? Will "That One" speak professorially? (Drink every time someone on cable says that!) What will the squiggly lines of CNN have to say about it? Tune in, all, because our liveblog is live!

McCain Repeats Debunked 'Born Alive' Attacks in Debate

Emily Douglas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emily Douglas

In the debate, McCain repeated long debunked lies about Obama's record on the Illinois Born Alive Protection Act, lies that have been repeated and promoted since Alan Keyes lost to Obama in the