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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Novak: McCain will pick Portman

Larry Kudlow writes in National Review Online today (hat tip - Patrick Maloney)

Bob Novak, the highly distinguished veteran columnist and author, told the American Spectator New York dinner group last night that John McCain will defeat Barack Obama in November’s election, although the Democrats will enhance their majorities in both the Senate and the House.

Novak, who has covered elections for fifty years, speculated that McCain will pick former Ohio congressman Rob Portman (who also was President Bush’s special trade representative and OMB director) as his running mate, while Obama could choose former Sen. Sam Nunn as his.

On Portman, Novak said he’s young, will pass the conservative spell check, and can stand up in a debate.


at 4:27 PM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that Portman is a Bush lackey is enough for McCain not to choose him.

at 5:18 PM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

you don't really expect an ill tempered kook like novak is going to say insane mccain is going to lose, do you?

at 6:25 PM, April 22, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...


Check out the way Frank Zappa boxed Novak's ears in a few years ago:


at 7:23 PM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ancient McInsane and the anal Portman are the only 2 Repugs that can pass the live-boy, dead-girl test.

at 8:22 PM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

even the most conservative spell check won't catch when you use the wrong word... :)

at 8:48 PM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portman is a class act. He'd make the opposition look like the political hacks they are.

at 8:59 PM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if the Enquirer will run the fact that everyone in Marc Dann's office has been cleared of wrongdoing with the same breathless intensity they covered the now-totally-discredited right-wing smears. The news media in Ohio should personally apologize to the Attorney General, his wife, his staff, and his children.

Also, the Ohio (Criminal Racket Formerly Known As The) Republican Party should reimburse the Dann family and the State for all the attorney fees and other expenses caused by their witch-hunt. The best part is there is no Starr Report for the Gang Of Perverts to get off on reading.

at 9:02 PM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS, the news media in this town and this nation needs to stop being the Gang Of Perverts' mouthpiece. With Chimpy McHitler oficially the most despised "President" in history, perhaps the news media would have more readers if they didn't mindlessly repeat whatever the Liar In Chief's paid hacks tell them to write.

at 9:44 PM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jean Schmidt. You just got a free pass to Congress for the next 2 years.

A word of advice... You had better start doing something for the people of this country or there is a person who lives in your district who will dedicate every single ounce of human energy to making people's lives better... And he believes that the best way to do that is to be their Congressman.

The next two years of your public service will be the determining factor in whether you get to be a Congresswoman for the next 2 years or the next 20...

I would be willing to place my bet on Jean Schmidt's early retirement very soon... I also believe that most people would agree.

One word of advice... you'd better stop acting like the opposite of Ted Strickland and you'd better get to work for the people of Southern Ohio because if you don't there is one person who will...

very very soon...

Stay tuned...

at 9:44 PM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob Portman would be a great choice for Vice President, Senator, Governor or any other office. He is a top notch guy.

at 10:04 PM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 11:12 PM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Portman is too good for all this insanity. Just wait until he can run on his own - after the Gubernatorial gig - 2010+

at 11:19 PM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please pick this Bush-addled nitwit.

Thanks in advance,

the Democrats

at 11:59 PM, April 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Leave it to the 'fishwRap' to become the month piece of the local wRong wingnut whacko P.M., rhymes with Phony Baloney, and make weak attempts to give credibility to the guy who outed a C.I.A. operative !

Once again it is the party misleader, XXX judge Tryintofoolyou !

PATHETIC 'family values' !


at 9:23 AM, April 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

leave it to 11:59 PM "Butch Boldface" to post yet another rambling,babbling,incoherent screed.

at 10:25 AM, April 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:44 Anon (Jim Parker)

You said Jean Schmidt needs to be a good CongressMAN.

Now, I know you aren't the brightest crayon in the box, but there are some things Jean Schmidt isn't willing to change for people like you. Her sex is one of them.

What a tool.

P.S. Are you aware that Ted Strickland is supporting GNEP out in Pike County? Facts are a bitch, aren't they? :(

at 11:12 AM, April 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob Portman would bring mature youth, proven economic and legal expertise and a wealth of good will within the Beltway to the McCain ticket. Name recognition throughout the country might be a problem, but the remedy is lots of TV exposure. His sincerity, his podium presence, his strong family ties and his handsome, good looks would win the day. I see no downside to Portman as McCain's VP running mate. Plus it's exciting to think of a Terrace Park resident in the VP chair.

at 5:37 PM, April 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob Portman is a greedy republican who backed our worst president ever (Bush) and has done terrible harm to our diplomatic standing in the world. The fact that he remains proud to be a republican after Bush makes me think he's a greedy idiot who shouldn't be elected dog catcher. Old man McSame doesn't stand a chance in the general election, not even if he put Jesus on the ticket with him.

at 7:13 PM, April 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...



at 7:31 PM, April 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does somebody like Rob Portman so openly support somebody like Jean Schmidt?

There are so many better candidates for Southern Ohio who have run for Congress in the Ohio second district the past few years.

I hate rubber stamp endorsements.

at 9:51 PM, April 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only way that the Democrats can compete with this is if they pick Strickland as the VP. Strickland is THE GREATEST GOVERNOR THAT OHIO HAS EVER KNOWN and it would be a shame to see him give up his term in office but if that is what we have to do to win, then gosh darn it we will.

To think of all of the good things that Strickland would do. Think about our HEALTHCARE, JOBS, and how everybody would be able to live the AMERICAN DREAM. And maybe finally we will get our MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT.

at 9:56 PM, April 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know what I would do if I was John McCain? I'd go to Ohio, West Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia, Ohio West Virginia.

I'd go to every big city and every small town in Ohio and West Virginia over and over and over again.

at 7:19 AM, April 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portman for Senate in 2010!

John Kasich for Gov in 2010!

Michael Steele for Veep in 2008!

Jean Schmidt for retirement anytime!

at 11:19 AM, April 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another member of the Gang of Pedophiles goes down!


at 11:51 AM, April 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:19 am, 4/24, I'm 75% with you. Your comment about our Congresswoman is totally uncalled for. She's busting her can for the Second District, and the vote tally in November will show how much her constituents know and appreciate it. She'll beat Wulsin by at least 6-8 points this time around. Join her in defeating the Democrat. United we stand; divided we fall.

at 1:01 PM, April 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks that Jean Schmidt is anything other than Bushes lap dog is crazy. She has backed Bush on everything the criminal has asked for. Sorry but I don't think that I can stand united with anyone associated with Bush or the GOP. And by the way; it's united we stand divided we fail. FYI - we have been failing a lot in the last 7 years.

at 2:09 PM, April 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Robert Novak still employed? Must be that he wears the lapel flag?

at 11:47 PM, April 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:01 pm, 4/24, Bush is not a criminal, you nitwit. History will eventually show him to be one of the most courageous leaders of the 21st century. And it's a point of honor that Congresswoman Jean Schmidt has been loyal to the Chief Executive. Good for her!

Our nation and our military and the Bush Administration have also been succeeding a whole heckova lot these last 7 years. I shudder to think of the condition we'd be in had Gore (ugh!) won in 2000 or (gag!) Kerry won in 2004. Bush, like all presidents, has not been perfect, and I've disagreed with him on a number of issues. But he's had the cohunas to do what was necessary to defend us, to prevent another 9/11 massacre and to cut taxes. Fight your way to the surface of your liberal bias and hatred and face the facts.

And here's another one for you and all your dem/lib buddies to face very soon: President John Sidney McCain.

at 5:51 AM, April 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"One word of advice... you'd better stop acting like the opposite of Ted Strickland and you'd better get to work for the people of Southern Ohio because if you don't there is one person who will..."

Did Jim Parker really say that to Jean Schmidt?

at 4:02 PM, April 25, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Idiot said...

"Bush is not a criminal, you nitwit. History will eventually show him to be one of the most courageous leaders of the 21st century."

I want some of whatever the wingnut is smoking!

at 4:56 PM, April 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Did Jim Parker really say that to Jean Schmidt?"

Jim Parker doesn't post anonymously. Jim Parker looks you straight in the eye when he speaks to you and shakes your hand with a firm conviction for the people of Southern Ohio. He talks to you about HEALTHCARE, JOBS, and the AMERICAN DREAM and about how we need a MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT.

There are plenty of people out there who believe in these things too. And we know who would best represent us in Congress...

at 6:55 PM, April 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush and the GOP have nothing to do with protecting our country. If anything, the USA needs to be protected from the GOP. Anyone who thinks they are 'safe' from attacks because of Bush is crazy. Heck just because he's hated so much I wouldn't be suprised to see an attack against the USA from within the USA. Most citizens HATE this man and wish he would just go away. He's provided no more security than his little lap dog Jean. Thank God that most people aren't as foolish as those who would still vote republican. The GOP is DEAD in November. Hopefully so will those who supported their failed flawed logic and greed.

at 9:47 PM, April 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:55 pm, 4/25, you are so far to the left that everything and everyone else is to your right. A bitter, dyspeptic soul like you who purports to speak for "most citizens" demonstrates the overweening hubris common to the most arrogant and ignorant of liberals. Your hatred of George W. Bush has blinded you to the real accomplishments of this man and his administration. It's going to be a genuine pleasure putting John McCain into the White House just knowing how awful it will make a fool like you feel.

Oh, and Cheviot Idiot (Sports), I don't smoke.

at 11:35 AM, April 26, 2008 Anonymous CincyCapell said...

Deluded 19-Percenter Wingnut 9:47,

You are having delusions again. Please take the whole Prozac the next time. Don't break it in half anymore. In fact, given the depth of your delusions, you should double up on your meds.

This President accomplishments:

-A wrecked economy.

-The 2nd recession of his misadministration

-An illegal war in in Iraq, started with doctored intelligence.

-An endless quagmire in the Middle East.

-600,000 Iraqis and 4045 Americans dead, and counting.

-Let Bin Lauden get away.

-A new Robber Baron Era. The biggest income gap between the middle class and the richest 1% in nearly 100 years.

-Squandering a $5 Trillion budget surplus into a national debt of $4.5 Trillion, a larger debt than every previous administration combined.

-Devalued our currency.

-Record high gas prices, 3 times what they were when he took office.

-Record high food prices.

-Trampled on our constitution.

-Outing an undercover CIA agent in order to get revenge on her spouse.

I could fill book with the scandals that this president has caused, but lets leave it at that. How about providing us a list of Bush's 'accomplishments'? It will be quick and amusing reading.

at 12:27 PM, April 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personaly I could care less who becomes president. Clinton or Obama will represent this country and it's citizens as the true leaders we are. As far as John McSame goes, he's a nice enough guy and often times plays in the middle. But he doesn't stand a chance in November. Why you ask, because he's a republican, he's hungry for more and longer wars, he's clueless when it comes to our economy, and he's like what 100 years old. Face it America has changed outside the midwest and we have no place for tired old white men who want to lead us when they are are clueless to the world we share. I to am looking forward to many celebrations in November when the world sees Americans taking back America by voting Democrat ONLY.

at 12:15 AM, April 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:35 am, 4/26, pay attention and learn, you leftist nitwit.

Libya gave up its WMD across the board no strings attached. Khaddafi saw what happened to Saddam Hussein and decided that Bush means what he says and says what he means.

Unemployment has been at or below what has long been considered "full employment" for the past 7 years.

Interest rates have remained at or near the historic lows for the past 7 years.

Despite 9/11, which occurred nine months into the first Bush Admimistration and was the direct result of Clinton Administration malfeasance, mismanagement and utter stupidity, the economy has grown and remained strong as reflected by the stock markets. The Dow hit the all-time high of a tad over 14,000 just last year. The current credit crunch is largely the result of the INDEPENDENT FEDERAL RESERVE actions of Greenspan. Bush had little influence over the decisions of the FOMC. No president does.

There have been no more 9/11 disasters on Bush's watch. This is testimony to his administration's dogged determination to prevent the thugs and murderers of Islamic Fascism from killing more Americans on our own soil.

Bush has the cohunas and the smarts to carry the war to the enemy on the enemy's turf. So we're killing the scum in Iraq and Afghanistan instead of in New York or Pennsylvania.

Bush's tax cuts have promoted economic growth and widespread prosperity, despite rising energy prices, international instability, natural disasters like Katrina and persistent opposition from the damned Dems in Congress--without inflation.

Bush has done his best to remedy one of the dumbest, most outrageous pieces of idiocy ever perpetrated on the American people.
The Democrats who try their best to yell and scream about high prices for gasoline and blame Bush for those prices, like you did in your comment, are the same folks who in their infinite wisdom
1) persist in denying the American people access to OUR OWN NATURAL RESOURCES, 2) persist in preventing the construction of new refineries and 3) oppose nuclear power plant construction. Even as biased and dense as you seem to be, the hypocrisy of the Democrat position should be apparent. Man, it sure is to me, and it's infuriating.

The Valerie Plame nonsense has been shown over and over again to be so much smoke and mirrors. She wasn't covert, her CIA situation wasn't threatened by the publicity she received and Bob Novak got her name from a Clinton appointee in the State Department (whose name escapes me). Of all the crap you listed, your Plame blame game was the most ridiculous.

The phony figure of 600,000 dead Iraqi civilians has been shown again and again to be an al Jazeera fabrication. Saddam Hussein killed more of his people INTENTIONALLY than Coalition forces have as collateral damage. The terrorists are doing what Saddam did, again, intentionally. In addition, annual US combat deaths are LOWER for each of the 7 years of the Bush Administration than they were in each of the Clinton years, despite the middle east fighting. Pay attention to the damned reality of your specious accusations, leftist

The intelligence you claim was "doctored" was exactly the same intelligence that Clinton, Albright, Pelosi, Reid, Gore, Schumer, Levin, Leahy, Kennedy, the Russians, the French, the Germans, the Brits, the Israelis, the EU and the UN all said was accurate. The pre-emptive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (and soon in Iran) were not and are not illegal.
I thank God, literally, that Bush is not a koom-bye-yah, la-la land leftist like Gore, Kerry, Obama or the female Clinton. You attack us, we kill you. It's just that simple, jack. Next!

I could go on and on (actually, I have gone on and on), but I couldn't just let your sloppy nonsense go without some kind of response.

McCain for president!

at 11:40 AM, April 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cincy Capped
Do you realize that the CIA had OBL in their rifle sights during the Clinton administration twice and Bill wouldn't give the approval to take him out?
For you libs who talked about peace; we were at peace because Clinton elected to do nothing. You remember the USS Cole?
Doing nothing is not an option in this day and age or the USA will end up like you: punked!

at 12:30 PM, April 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:15 4/27 You are crazy trying to defend Bush. He's a fool and a criminal and you are his TOOL. Call me a liberal koolaid drinking treehugging socialist if you want, but it will not change the FACT that your sir are a Bush TOOL. But please keep providing us with more of your rightwingnut garbage. It's quite entertaining.

at 1:43 PM, April 27, 2008 Anonymous CincyMatusak said...

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at 5:07 PM, April 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:30 pm, 4/27, I hope you learned something, leftist ignoranus. Heaven knows your long-winded diatribe (11:35 am, 4/26) was devoid of anything useful. It wasn't entertaining either.

at 9:33 AM, April 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

News update for 5:07PM 4/27 - you ASSume that 12:30 & 11:35 are one and the same. While I'll take full credit for the Bush TOOL pun, 11:35 comments where NOT mine. Though I would love to take credit for every word as I agree with the very sensible comments. I'll bet it makes you just a little uncomfortable knowing that more than one person thinks the GOP is full of criminals and will lose badly in the general election.

at 3:44 PM, April 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:33 am, 4/28, nothing a nitwit says or two nitwits say makes me the least bit uncomfortable. An elderly gent once told me that it's hard to carry on an intelligent conversation if one of the two people is stupid. In this case it's two of the three.

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