Last Waltz for McCain in New Hampshire?

November 3, 2008

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — On Sunday night, John McCain returned to where it all began.

The Republican presidential candidate flew to New Hampshire for one last question-and-answer session with the voters who put him on the map in 2000 and brought his campaign back from the dead in January of this year.

“I come to the people of New Hampshire … and ask again to let me go on one more mission,” McCain said at the Peterborough town hall.

Peterborough has a special significance for McCain. It hosted his last town hall meeting in 2000, when he won the Republican primary over frontrunner George W. Bush. Peterborough also hosted McCain’s 100th town hall gathering last year, at a time when his campaign was out of cash and on the rocks.

“There was a time not that long ago that I was riding on a well known airline, Group C in the middle seat, from Baltimore to Manchester, so we’ve come a long way thanks to you,” he said, referring to a period when he would fly on discount Southwest Airlines to get to campaign events.

Now McCain has two private jets to carry around his entourage.

The question-and-answer session had a more casual feel from the amped-up, tightly scripted rallies that dominate his schedule in the campaign’s final stretch. No teleprompters were in sight as the Arizona senator fielded questions from an enthusiastic crowd on immigration, student loans and energy.

McCain was joined by a posse of senators – Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Judd Gregg and John Sununu of New Hampshire, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Sam Brownback of Kansas — but was introduced by Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, a demigod of sorts in Sox-crazed New England.

New Hampshire may have rescuscitated McCain’s career twice before, but it might not help him on Tuesday. The former Republican stronghold has been trending Democratic in recent years, and polls show McCain trailing Democratic rival Barack Obama by an average of 11 percentage points.

Tellingly, senior aide Charlie Black didn’t mention New Hampshire as he sketched out a possible victory scenario to reporters on the plane earlier in the day.

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I believe people in general have become totally disenchanted with McCain and Palin’s filthy and false accusations against Senator Obama, their promotion of bigotry, racism, and division of our country and our citizens, and the lunacy of their rally supporters. We absolutely do NOT need people of this caliber in the highest level of our government. McCain and Palin’s mottos are: “If you are for us, you are PRO-Americans, REAL-Americans, Patriotic, and the best part of the country and believers in God. If you are against us, you are ANTI-American, Un-American, Unpatriotic, the worst part of the country, and heathens” Didn’t Hitler treat the Jewish people in the same manner?? These “partners and soulmates” and mavericks are destroying EVERYTHING for which America is supposed to stand. America is the UNITED States of America, yet these mavericks are not only avidly advocating and promoting division, but bigotry, racism, hate, resentment, and downright ugliness!! WE, THE PEOPLE are the ones that hold the real power and we MUST reject and denounce these mavericks, they are not leaders, they are deviders and destroyers!!

A good reason to vote for Obama/Biden and not for McCain/Palin?

How about affordable health care for working middle class families?

John McCain’s health care plans will destroy employer-based health insurance (says the US Chamber of Commerce!).

For the millions of Americans that have it, that insurance is worth about $12,000. a year!

After destroying this, McCain will offer instead $5,000. in tax credits!

That’s $7,000. per year that McCain’s plan will steal from each American working family.

Worse, McCain’s plan will throw us out of group insurance rates, forcing us onto the market as individuals, with no market power, up against the powerful, unregulated health-insurance industry giants.

And anyone with a precondition will not get any insurance at all, as is the case today.

As for the “overreaching morality of Palin and McCain, these two politicians have been travelling the country inciting their supporters against Obama.

In recent weeks Palin’s actually been eliciting screams like: “t-rrorist”, “b-mb him”, “off with his head”, and “k-ll him!” by the frenzied crowds – yet she has not even once contradicted these fanatics!

A few news cycles ago, Ashley Todd, white woman McCain-campaign operative, caught the same Palin/McCain fever, and started playing with fire by making up her story of being mugged and brutalized by a black Obama supporter.

Exposed by smart Pittsburgh police detectives, she confessed, and was charged with filing a false police report.

The two recently apprehended skinheads, with swastikas tattooed on their shoulders and chests, and loaded automatic rifles in their arms, planned to take the race-hatred from the McCain/Palin campaign to its final, logical step.

For these reasons alone, McCain/Palin have lost the respect of every decent American!

Tomorrow, we have only one choice: Obama/Biden must win this election, if we as a country are to have a future!