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Five Things John McCain Needs to Do to Get Elected President

Though John McCain has just pulled ahead among that all important demographic — pet owners — when it comes down to the whole shebang, November's enchilada, it's neck-and-neck. According to Gallup, Obama is polling at 46 percent, and McCain at 44 percent.

One Republican columnist over at Politico has figured out what McCain needs to do to tip the scales toward victory this fall. Though Santa he ain't, here are the five things McCain has to make a list of and check twice in order to beat Barack Obama:

  1. He should take a page from the Republican party’s founder: Abraham Lincoln. He believed that less government worked best and if McCain presses this point, the delineation between Obama and himself will give Americans a clear choice.
  2. McCain must talk to our enemies. As another great Republican, Teddy Roosevelt said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” McCain must explain to Americans that he is willing to talk to Iran, North Korea or Cuba.
  3. House cleaning. (Isn't this on everyone's to-do list?) McCain needs to rid the GOP of age-old party hacks who are still fighting the battles of the 80s. Juice up some new blood with new ideas.

To see what else McCain should jot into his Day Planner,


  1. Leave the girl out of it! Attacking Michelle Obama when the country is in economic straits and tensions are mounting in the Middle East is petty and will gain zero points with the public
  2. If the Republicans want to win nationally they must reach out to minorities. The GOP knows it can not sustain itself simply on the core of white Southern voters. If he wants to win this election, he’s going to have to win black and Latino voters and drop Lee Atwater’s strategy of division.

Do you think this plan will do it? Are we going to see a close race to a photo-finish in November, or is there something either candidate can do to pull ahead? What will a razor-slim margin of victory (yet again) mean for the future of the country?


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True-Song True-Song 9 years
I don't think it will be close at all. I predict Obama by a landslide.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Yes I'm in a constant state of sipping these days.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Oh lord, what an avatar, hypno!!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
So the plan is to "get minorities to vote for you", "don't be mean to your opponent's wife" and "get some new ideas". I mean, isn't this sort of what every candidate needs to do?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
There are, but I am going to take the way that keeps it above the board ;)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Looks like Teddy Roosevelt is a man after my own heart. I agree with all of the suggestions above.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
oh man.... so many ways to take that....
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
No, I was looking for a way to do more posts, explaining why I have a cupcake for an avatar. We had cupcakes for the 4th, and I had to laugh, because I thought I was eating a Cabaker...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
UnDave, are you trying to steal cupcakes from cabaker? Right out from under her nose?
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I agree with Nica and the rest here. But they were all interesting suggestions.
stephley stephley 9 years
Probably just needs a well-timed scare to get elected - we're stupid that way.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
I don't think number 2 will help out so much since he's been attacking Obama on his diplomatic stance. If McCain starts saying he'll talk to our enemies, it will make him look like a hypocrite. I was kinda surprised to see Michelle Obama on that list. I haven't heard McCain say anything bad about her. I agree with UnDave and nica. Both parties need to do number 3.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I think it's time both parties looked at their to-do list, and did #3. Let's wipe the slate clean and start over. Besides, to wipe the slate clean, we would need to vote the other party in, which would mean that the RNC would be the majority again ;)
nicachica nicachica 9 years
I like this one the best: #3 House cleaning. (Isn't this on everyone's to-do list?) McCain needs to rid the GOP of age-old party hacks who are still fighting the battles of the 80s. Juice up some new blood with new ideas. The Dems need to take this suggestion too, especially as it pertains to egomaniacs like Jesse Jackson and Terry Mcauliffe. I can't stand idiots like those almost as much as i can't stand Rove and Cheney (okay, Rove/Cheney beats them by A LOT).
gigill gigill 9 years
Hmmm, those are a lot of good suggestions but I just wonder if he's actually got the guts to do things like "clean house" and talk to Iran etc. Politicians are so tip toe these days about every decision that it often feels like a decision is never made at all. It would be nice to see him stand up and show some real leadership; I think this will be key to pulling ahead and winning. Time will tell!
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