Perfect Example Of An Idiot

    Something non-political for a change from Deal or No Deal last night.

    I hope to some day be in a position in my life where I could turn down a guaranteed $530,000 for at best a 50/50 chance at $1,000,000….

    Posted by Dave at 7:14 am
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    102 Responses to “Perfect Example Of An Idiot”

    1. david says:


    2. anon2 says:

      Back to politics:

      Wasn’t Biden the authority who came up with the plan to divide the primary delegates in favor of Obama?

      I vaguely recall his announcement that the Democratic Committee had decided to give Obama delegates he didn’t win.

    3. Tina says:

      Then, you have Biden’s attempt to partition Iraq into 3 separate countries, which 90 percent of the Iraqis did not want.

      I can not stand Biden’s smile. I think his speech will not be received well by the American public watching it – those unfaffiliated/uncommitted voters.

      He reminds me of a used car salesman.

    4. Tina says:

      Yes, I think I saw Biden working at Fat Tony’s Used Cars back in the 1970s. Home of the $499 used car.

    5. Rachel says:

      There is no way I would have turned down that deal. If I missed my chance at $1,000,000, I’d still have the $530,000 left as a consolation (well, not really once the government resdistributes a good chunk of it).

    6. CambridgeRep says:

      I was just thinking back to when Elizabeth Dole wowed in her 1996 RNC speech.

    7. hugh says:

      Overall an improvement in the Quinnipiac polls. Often given the different methodologies of the polling companies the trends are as important as the results. I think FL is safe and Ohio is trending towards that taking all the polls as a whole.

    8. Howard Dean says:

      “Leno had to ask McCain about the running jokes over how many houses the McCains own. “in a moment of seriousness,” re[plied McCain, “I spent five and a half years in a prison cell without — I didn’t have a house. I didn’t have a kitchen table. I didn’t have a table. I didn’t have a chair. And I spent those five and a half years because — not because I wanted to get a house when I got out.”


    9. Rachel says:

      McCain took that issue right off the table. Now Obama and crew look like idiots for bringing it up.

    10. Howard Dean says:

      Pittsburgh Tribune rips Obma/ACORN connection:

    11. DWu says:

      McCain was great on Leno last night. If that is the McCain we see between now and election day, he wins.

    12. Cyrano says:

      Deal or no Deal is the TV equivalent of baseball. 10 minutes of action (?!) expanded to fill 60 minutes.

      The producers should thank our education system for graduating adults with no sense of risk and reward

    13. Howard Dean says:

      Carter on Obama:

      “I just don’t think he’s got yet the proven substance or experience to be the president.” Nov. 30, 2006, on “The Charlie Rose Show.”

    14. Howard Dean says:


      WAPO SLAMS Biden’s Iran judgment:

      Biden’s Blink on Iran

      By Michael Rubin
      Tuesday, August 26, 2008; A13

      In selecting Joseph Biden as his running mate, Barack Obama acknowledged the importance of foreign affairs to this year’s election. His Web site trumpeted Biden as “an expert on foreign policy” and a man “who has stared down dictators.”

      As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden is well versed in policy debates and carefully choreographed trips. But his record on the Islamic Republic of Iran — perhaps the chief national security threat facing the next president — suggests a persistent and dangerous judgment deficit. Biden’s unyielding pursuit of “engagement” with Iran for more than a decade has made it easier for Tehran to pursue its nuclear program, while his partisan obsession with thwarting the Bush administration has led him to oppose tough sanctions against hard-liners in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

    15. Howard Dean says:

      Obama is attempting to suppress political speech through the DOJ.

      Where are the Civil Libertarians?


      If this was Bush, the left would be screaming about injustice and shredding the Constitution.


      Thought so.

    16. Howard Dean says:


      Going forward in reverse:



      Obama gets 78% of D’s.


      He was +3 yesterday!

    17. Howard Dean says:


      Obama from a home in Kansas City: I’m ‘here in St. Louis’

      By Chad Livengood • • August 25, 2008

    18. hugh says:


    19. Jeff G says:


      I was just going to ask if someone knew why Quinnipiac polls always seem less favorable to McCain, but then I saw your comment. You explain that their methodology would tend to push them that way. At least I know now that I’m not the only one who noticed.

    20. Houston says:

      Haha, I love the negative bounce…and RAS mentioned that “Obama’s support has declined in each of the last three individual nights of polling. This may be either statistical noise or a reaction to the selection of Biden.”

      So that means absent some crazy bounce from the convention, McCain should have the lead tomorrow. Wow. Granted, Obama will probably get a huge bounce on Friday, but this bodes pretty well for Mac.

      Btw, have you seen the new McCain 3 AM ad? Not bad. It’s too bad he’ll have limited funds over the next 2 months…his ad team is *way* better than the RNC’s.

    21. rdelbov says:

      I think one reason PPP and Quinnapac are more favorable to democrats is that both companies ask too many questions. The PPP poll sometimes asks 40 questions. come on Republicans don’t bother with 10 minute polls as they are have jobs-families-lives

      Despite DOGBERT’S INVESTMENT ADVICE OF SAVING A $100 AND WAITING FOR 190 YEARS TO GET A $1,000,000. There is so many sound ways to get a $1,000,000 like save a $2,000 for 15 years before age 37 and invest wisely at 9% until age 70.

      Deal or No deal is like this GW Wentworth trash “its my money and I need it now”?

      What ever happen to slow and steady wins the race.

      They saw tape my life for a reality show. They then call it “how to watch paint dry and be happy”

    22. david says:

      Per Ras. Reports:

      The Democratic National Convention has begun and the poll numbers are bouncing, but not in the direction that most people anticipated.The Democratic National Convention has begun and the poll numbers are bouncing, but not in the direction that most people anticipated.

    23. Randy says:

      Teddy on day One of the convention? Are they trying to unify Democrats or Republicans?

    24. Rachel says:

      The Ras poll includes Sat & Sun numbers. I’m thinking Obama’s going to look pretty silly at his coronation this Friday.

      …Not to mention a few European leaders who are probably realizing in retrospect that they might have made a little mistake.

    25. Howard Dean says:

      NYT revenue continues to plumett.

      In a BIG way!

      Faster please.

    26. KeyBored says:

      I really enjoyed watching the convention last night. I thought the Democrats did a good job in rallying other Democrats, and introducing Barack Obama and his family to the country. The highlight of the evening had to be Ted Kennedy followed very closely by Michelle Obama’s speech. It was so moving watching Carolyn Kennedy speak about her “Uncle Teddy”. Considering his illness, I thought Ted Kennedy looked very good last night. His words were strong, passionate and moving. The video tribute of Kennedy was very well done I thought, and the one done on Jimmy Carter was also very good. Regardless of what you may think of Carter, he has to be our most Christian president. His post-presidency work for the poor and disadvantaged is unparalleled. A book of interest to all Christians, regardless of party, is Carter’s “Our Endangered Values”.

      There were hits and misses last night. The token Republican Jim Leach came out strong against Bush and his policies, but I thought he was a boring speaker, droning on and on. I like Nancy Pelosi of a lot, and think she’s doing a great job as speaker of the House, but she’s not so great at public speaking. Obama’s half-sister did a fair job at best. The surprise of the night for me was listening to Jesse Jackson Jr. I never heard him speak before. I thought he did a great job – he has definitely inherited some of the oratorical skills of his father. Michelle Obama’s brother Craig did a great job introducing his sister. I thought he spoke very well, and gave the country a nice snapshot of what growing up was like in their family.

      By far though, the night belonged to Michelle Obama. She spoke very well about her family and Barack. I’ve heard she’s an excellent speaker, but never listened to her for more than a minute or so. She was passionate, poised, and articulate. When speaking about her father’s illness, and the sacrifice he made for his family, I thought she might break down. I’ve heard her story before, but this was the first time I’ve seen her tell it in her own words. It is an American story of working hard, sacrificing, and achieving one’s goals. Stealing the show though, was her two little girls coming on afterwards, and their interaction with their father who appeared on video.

      Michelle Obama speech


    27. Cyrano says:


      Which coronation will this most closely resemble?

      1) LOTR: Return of the King
      2) Prince Valiant
      3) The Wizard of ID
      4) Hagar the Horrible

    28. steven says:

      intersting to see what those survey usa poll results will be like today

    29. Houston says:

      We’re going to get creamed in Ohio because of the breakdown in that Survey USA poll.

    30. gameboy says:


      Are you serious when you say Nancy Pilosi is doing a great job as Speaker of the House? She’s probably the weakest House Speaker we’ve had in many years. Bush has been playing her like a fiddle. If I were a Dem I would demand her to be ousted as speaker, and be replaced by someone who can fight, not just talk.

    31. Tina says:

      No bounce from the VP pick most definetly. In fact, a negative bounce. Too early on the convention, but the first night was a missed opportunity.

      Looks like I made another good prediction on the VP choice.

    32. steven says:

      depends what the percentage of votes McCain gets in the ohio poll among democrats

    33. steven says:

      North Carolina PPP

      McCain 45
      Obama 42
      Barr 3

    34. GPO says:


      What breakdown of Survey USA poll are you referring to?

    35. Houston says:

      Steven: There’s *no way* he leads with a D+18 sample. It’s going to be ugly.

      Tina: So you’re hearing Huck now? How solid is the information? I’d be happy with him. For what it’s worth, my source still insists it will be Romney or a woman. However, I’m starting to think he doesn’t ask around…the guy is as well connected as you can possibly get, but that only matters if you care enough to ask about what’s going on.

    36. Houston says:

      GPO: If you look at Survey USA’s site, they show something ridiculous like 43/25 D/R breakdown for their newest poll in Ohio, but they only released the favorabilities as of now.

    37. Gary Maxwell says:

      JIm Leach was always a squishy aisle crosser when he was in the House. Despite being anti war he got beat as an incumbent in Iowa which ought to tell you about what the folks in anti war Iowa thought about Jim Leach. Maybe he wants a job and knows he has no friends left in the Republican Party?

      Who cares, and RAS goes from +3 to TIED. And Texas is going blue according to Bonn. LOL

    38. steven says:

      want to see what the gallup numbers are today as well,

      yeah the survey ohio poll could be an outlier

      the ohio quin poll, is a tie, just rounding ,

    39. Tina says:

      Houston – I have been hearing Huck; Sandford, and Petraeus.

      Take with grain of salt, is what I usually say.

    40. Gary Maxwell says:

      Limited funds over the next two months? McCain gets 89 million of public funding to spend after the convention, that is about $45million a month and he has to go to no fundraiser to do so, so he can campaign 24/7.

      There is only so much advertising you can run before people tuned out and throw up. There can be a backlash, if folks feel like they cant turn around without an ad running.

    41. Howard Dean says:

      PPP actually has Barr at 4% and don’t include Nader and the Greens.

      Wonder why?

      Oh and they have Dole losing.


      Obama gets 69% of D’s.


    42. GPO says:

      Can someone explain why McCain does not do better in Iowa?

    43. Howard Dean says:

      PPP sample is D +15! 50-35


    44. GPO says:

      I think it has to be Romney- he’s gotta be worth 3-4 pts in Nevada and 1-2 in Colorado. If Mccain holds those its game over

    45. Gary Maxwell says:

      Of course its Romney, but by floating all the names they make Obama wait on their negative ads or they make them spend money on a whole bunch of negative ads. Moving targets are harder to hit.

    46. Phil says:

      The Ohio SUSA poll is

      Dem 48%
      Rep 25%

      D + 23


      I doubt they polled head to head – just favorabilities.

    47. Phil says:

      NC Dem + 15?

      Only in the MSNBC parrallel universe – planet Tingle

    48. Gary Maxwell says:

      Phil actually in NC Dems are far ahead in voter registration, which is a throw back to the one party days. Folks dont change their registration, they just wont vote for the national ticket dems. I am pretty sure NC SoS has registration numbers, go look. It just reinforces how liberal this ticket is. NC is a big win if you just can get your own party to vote for you. They cant and wont.

    49. Howard Dean says:

      No doubt D’s have the advantage in NC registration.

      But +15?

    50. Rachel says:

      What were the percentages of Dems vs Reps in NC in the last election?

    51. Rachel says:

      According to PPP, Obama only gets 30% of the white vote in NC.

    52. KeyBored says:


      I think the House Speaker must work well with others and bring people together – skills that Pelosi excels at. Don’t mistake her civility for not standing up for what she believes in. Outbursts of anger, shouting, and trying to destroy your opponents may win you a few votes, but in the end you lose – you lose your opponents respect, you lose the ability to work together in the future, and in the end, America loses.


    53. Gary Maxwell says:

      In keeping with Dave’s title of this thread, Jennifer Rubin at Commentary thinks that is what the Obama campaign is!


      The conservative blogosphere is agog: what was Barack Obama thinking? He took a story largely confined to the internet, (only briefly raised in the primary) about Obama’s connection to former terrorist Bill Ayers, put it in his own ad, and then filed a claim trying to force the third-party 527 ad that first brought up the Obama-Ayers connection off the air. In the next 24 hours thousands if not millions of voters who never heard of or didn’t understand the extent of the Obama-Ayers relationship are going to get a full education.

      That Justice Department complaint is a stunt reeking of abject panic. Really, isn’t this just unlimited free publicity for the McCain accusations? In the Right blogosphere there is a mix of amazement and delight. And in case you thought the McCain camp wasn’t thrilled by this turn of events, read what Steve Schmidt has to say about it.

      It is very hard to figure out the reasoning behind the Obama effort. Perhaps there is a deadly poll or maybe they think they can so skew the coverage as to insulate himself. But for now, it is just plain baffling.

    54. KeyBored says:


      “According to PPP, Obama only gets 30% of the white vote in NC.”

      Well, that’s probably what any Democratic presidential candidate would get in NC.


    55. Rachel says:

      According to CNN, the party breakdown in NC for the 2004 presidential election was Dem 39%, Rep 40%, Ind 21%.

    56. Aaron_in_TX says:

      You always swap the case. She was crazy not to swap it.

    57. Rachel says:

      Sorry, but if the PPP poll had to give the Dems a 15% advantage in order to only make Obama lose by 3%, Obama is going to get blown out of the water in NC.

    58. Howard Dean says:

      #57 That may have been in 04 but the D’s will have some sort of advantage right now.

      I just don’t see +15.

      Besides, they are a D firm and have Dole losing.


    59. Rachel says:

      Doesn’t the Ayers info get released today?

    60. Howard Dean says:

      Obama is going to get blown out of the water in NC.

      Comment by Rachel — 8/26/2008


      It will be a comfortable margin.

    61. Howard Dean says:

      #61 I believe so but only after Mr. Clean was hard at work.


    62. KeyBored says:

      PPP Dole 39, Hagan 42

      Elizabeth can’t be happy about this. Might be a good time for Bob to take one of his little blue pills.


    63. Rachel says:

      Apparently they’re going through them right now.

    64. bio mom says:

      It’s all just insulation. They can point to the fact that they are so horrified by this “smear” that they even asked the Justice Dept. to stop it. They hope that they can convince people to ignore what the facts that way.

    65. bio mom says:

      I like Romney but am uneasy about his persona. He sometimes seems like a used-car salesman or icky kind of CEO. Unfair, but it’s there. I happened to watch a show yesterday that featured an “eeeevil executive”. He really did resemble Romney, especially the perfectly coifed hair. Is this the environment for someone who reminds people of CEOs and salesmen? Don’t think so. Could those negatives outweigh his many positives?

    66. IndyThinker says:

      Dear Key Bored: Nancy Pelosi is civil????? BWAHAHAHAHA! That is the funniest thing I have ever heard. She’s like a little poodle. All she does is yap yap yap, screeching and whining 24 hours a day. What has her Democrat-led Congress done in the last 2 years? NOTHING! That’s why they have a 10% approval rating, which is miles below Bush’s. She’s a looney liberal who doesn’t know how to work well with Republicans and doesn’t have a fresh idea for how to solve any issues, other than to try and blame and demonize Republicans.

    67. Akula says:


      I have the same feeling regarding Romney. I just beleive that he has one of those dead fish hand shakes.

      However, as VP he would look good attending state funerals and foreign receptions.

    68. rdelbov says:

      McCain’s Iowa is pure “Corn” or Ethanol”

      McCain has been reluctant to subsidize Ethanol. Iowa is #1 Corn state plus many Ag Manufactors are there as well. Of course many D’s are a little concern about the Ethanol rush as it drives up consumer prices for all food plus potentially starves people in the Third world.

      McCain was out front on this issue and has been weak in Iowa. McCain showed Political courage on the Boeing tanker deal and has been weak in Washington state and I think he has been right on Ethanol and other farm subsidies and has paid a political price for being right on these issues.

      Can we see any political courage in Obama’s views? Has he been bold on educational reforma and peeved the teachers?

    69. KeyBored says:


      What the heck are they hoping to find? A statement by Obama saying “say, let’s bomb the Pentagon”?


    70. Rachel says:


      Ask the Obama campaign. They’re apparently worried about something.

    71. Jeff G says:


      Dems will be completely lost if Obama wins in November because they won’t be able to blame Republicans for everything that goes awry in the world. They will try, like they did the first two years of Bill Clinton’s presidency, but youd see where that got them.

    72. sam says:


      What they will find is that the relationship between Ayers and Obama is much deeper than “the children attend the same school” crap that his campaign claims. They will find how Obama and Ayers looted public money to fund attempts at Marxist indoctrination in schools.

      The Obama camp is rattled.

    73. Todd says:

      McCain’s new 3 am ad is pure genius. Whoever is running McCain’s ad team SCHMIDT? is pure genius.

    74. KeyBored says:


      Last night, Pelosi listed accomplishments of Democratic congress under her leadership. There would of been more, but Bush vetoed much legislation such as Embryonic stem cell research.

      From Pelosi’s speech:

      I am very proud of the Democrats in Congress. Working with Majority Leader Harry Reid in the Senate, here are some of our accomplishments:
      — After years of inaction by Republicans, in our very first act, we passed the 9/11 Commission recommendations to protect the American people. That was just the beginning.
      — We helped rebuild the Gulf Coast for the survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
      — We put recovery rebates into the hands of more than 130 million families.
      — We passed legislation to keep hard-working American families in their homes and to keep toxic toys out of the hands of our children.
      — We increased the minimum wage for the first time in ten years.
      — We improved fuel efficiency for the first time in 32 years.
      — We passed the largest college aid expansion since the G.I. Bill 64 years ago.
      — We passed the largest veterans’ health care funding in the 77 year history of the Veterans Administration.
      — And, we enacted a new G.I. Bill to thank our veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by sending them to college.


    75. Gary Maxwell says:

      I sent you to the SoS by mistake. In North Carolina it it the State Board of Elections and they have stats as of 2007 year end. Its 45% Ds and 34% Rs there. +11 on registration. It would be less of a gap on likely voter and actual voter of course as always.

      But it is not close in NC as I told you. But despite that, massive amounts of registered Democrats will again like the last 8 elections, wont be voting for at least the national ticket. They just do not bother to change the registration, and at down ticket races do vote for conservative Democrats, of which in NC there are quite a few.

    76. Rachel says:

      Great McCain ad!

    77. Darrell says:

      “White folk’s greed runs a world in need” – Barack Obama

    78. rdelbov says:

      NC won’t be close. Why do we quote PPP polls now?

      The Democratic Congress’s greatest acheivement over the last four years have been several situations have been converted from crisis situations to only mere problems

    79. Garnetspur says:

      If Romney is picked, can he spend some of his own money on the campaign giving the fact that McCain is taking public money? Or would Romney have to funnel it to an outside group?

    80. Rachel says:

      Gallup McCain +2!!!

    81. KeyBored says:


      I’m not that great in math, but the Democrats took power in January 2007, so that would be 19 months, not 4 years.


    82. KeyBored says:

      “I am a illiterate that has to rely on my wife for all of the assistance I can get.” – John McCain


    83. KeyBored says:

      “You know that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran? Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran.” – John McCain


    84. Rachel says:

      KB seems a little worried today.

    85. KeyBored says:

      “The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should.” – John McCain


    86. KeyBored says:

      “No, I’m calling you a f*cking jerk.” –McCain to fellow Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, when Grassley asked “Are you calling me stupid?”


    87. KeyBored says:


      What, me worry?


    88. Rachel says:

      Yeah, KB. You might want to take a few deep breaths.

    89. Tim Van says:


      I thimk Michelle gave an excellent speech.

    90. Tim Van says:

      thimk=think sorry for the typo

    91. rdelbov says:

      Tim V

      I forgive you.

      Yup McCain is rolling.

      Wait til the Hillary delegates wave their white flags at the convention. I mean white handkerchiefs

      Will we a negative Obama bounce??

    92. Akula says:

      Going along with the title of the stream.

      Obama definately lost the state of Missouri by not knowing what end he was in. KC and St. Louis really don’t like each other, so confusing one with the other loses both sides.

      He might as well as walked into any St. Louis sports bar and yelled “Denkinger was right!”

      At least in the latter case, he would have salvaged KC.

    93. KeyBored says:

      Tim Van

      It’s nice to hear an honest recognition of a job well done. Also, one can recognize another’s accomplishments and still disagree with their point of view. I look forward to the day when we see more of that in politics.


    94. KeyBored says:


      Thankfully, his 7 year old daughter Sasha corrected him. After he said he was in St. Louis, she said “Daddy, what city are you in?” He then said Kansas City.

      Maybe he’ll make her chief of staff.


    95. maelstrom says:

      89. Actually, that’s funny.

    96. Gary Maxwell says:

      Having once lived in KC I can attest that its not good to call one the other. St Louis and KC are very different and they dont much like each other. Small error that normally would be overlooked, except it seems that the gaffe o matic candidate makes at least one a day!

    97. Darrell says:

      “white folk’s greed runs a world in need” – Obama

      He also favors infanticide.

    98. tgca says:

      Pelosi was my congresswoamn for many years and she is not known for being bright or bi-partisan. Congress has the lowest ever rating under her leadership in the last 2 years. EVER! EVER! EVER!

      How is that doing a great job. She has given into Bush on most issues because she could not deliver on her liberal platform, that’s why many lefties want to see her go. She has been protested when she comes homes too. If she did not live in a radical left-winged district, she would be endangered of losing her seat. But alas, she is safe in SF, home for many of the freaks and all that is anti-american.

    99. IndyThinker says:

      Key Bored: Just because Pelosi “claims” to have done something doesn’t mean it’s so. She has NO record of bipartisansip whatsoever. If Bush vetoed some of the Dems proposed legislation, it’s probably because the legislation was stupid and/or unnecessary.

      In fact, half of the “accomplishments” you cited are up for debate as to whether they have any real benefit or actually cause harm. Such as the minimum wage increase. Nothing more than a feel good action. By forcing small business to increase pay, it may actually cause businesses to lay off workers. How is that a public benefit??? Of course, if people did get laid off, then you and all of the vapid hateful democRATS would once again try to blame it all on “evil” George Bush.

      Tell me one time that Pelosi, or Harry Reid, or most of the dem leadership ever crossed party lines to support republican sponsored legislation? McCain DOES in fact have a record of bi-partisan accomplishments. In fact, Dems used to love when he broke ranks with republican party line, but now they are disingeniously trying to label him a “twin” of Bush.

      WHich is even more ironic since it is Obama who has suddenly claimed to support just about every Bush initiative of the last 4 years: faith based initiatives (check), restictions on abortions (check), strong defense and security (check), gun rights (check). Obama has NEVER done anything bipartisan in his life.