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August 29th, 2008
05:52 PM ET

How can GOP top Dems convention?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Democrats went out with a bang last night at Invesco field, and may have ended the week with one of the best political conventions ever. This also means they've left John McCain and the GOP with one tough act to follow when they convene in St. Paul on Monday.

Although it's pretty hard to argue that the week wasn't a hit, Republicans were quick to dismiss Barack Obama's speech in front of nearly 90,000 people last night. McCain called it "misleading" and "fundamentally at odds" with his "meager" record. McCain insists despite all the hoopla, Obama is still not ready to be president. it will be interesting to see if he keeps making that argument now that he's named Sarah Palin, a first-term governor from Alaska who's younger than Obama and has even less experience, as his V.P.

Republicans may also have to contend with Hurricane Gustav, which is on track to hit the Gulf Coast and maybe even New Orleans, next week. Some Republican officials are considering delaying the start of the convention, and the White House has also been debating whether President Bush should cancel his appearance Monday. Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the image of Republicans celebrating their nominee with another potentially deadly storm looming could be a disaster for the party. However, the convention president insists that the gavel will go down Monday.

Here’s my question to you: What do Republicans have to do at their convention to top the Democrats?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Shammara from McGaheysville, Virginia writes:
They can't do anything. They are so out of touch with the pulse of the people that it is just mind boggling! You think McCain can top that speech Obama gave? No chance. Now that he has his Barbie doll VP with as much experience as my dog, McCain handed over this election to Obama. What happened to the McCain that I used to respect?... Political pandering at its finest. Those femocrats that won't let go of Hillary are not going to go to run to McCain.

Nate writes:
They could start by being openly honest in how and why our country is in peril, and viewed less favorably in the world economically and socially.

Champ writes:
It’s simple: start over with two new candidates.

Diane from Vancouver, Washington writes:
Nothing the Republicans do will match the excitement, enthusiasm, viewership of the Democrats’ Convention. I watched practically gavel to gavel of the Dems’ convention and was never prouder of my party. My husband and I already decided we will not bother watching the Republican convention. Can't stomach it.

Kristen writes:
Show up. That's all a Republican ever has to do to top a Democrat.

Tom from Minnesota writes:
Walk on water, turn water into wine, top the miracle of the loaves and the fishes, become instantly something other than what they are - which is the party of self-interest, corruption and the disasters of the last 8 years.

Ed from Oklahoma City writes:
It's simple: either McCain, Palin, or Bush must walk out with Osama bin Laden in handcuffs.


Filed under: DNC Convention • GOP Convention
soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Rob, San Diego

    They could nominate Ron Paul instead of McCain, to put a real reformer at the top of the ticket.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  2. Jim S

    With the selection of a woman with absolutely no experience in international politics, a former beauty queen, McCain has blown it. If he thinks that he will secure the Hillary vote with this obvious pandering move, he is sadly mistaken. Obama and Biden look more and more like winners every day McCain campaigns. Their convention will be a joke! Hillary is probably laughing along with many others,.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  3. shirley thibodeaux

    Jack,

    I am writing from Breaux Bridge, LA. At this point, the GOP will have to compete for air time with the Gustav. I am more interested in the hurricane.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  4. Matt in Las Vegas, NV

    Not letting George Bush speak at the convention would be a good start. Beyond that, maybe McCain should bring out Krusty the Clown to distract Americans from actually looking closely at Republican policy.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  5. Beverly Young

    What do Republicans have to do at their convention to top the Democrats?

    Well it seems that now it's a bit like the Beauty and the Beast. But republicans will have to scrape the barrel a bit more to top the Democrat convention. How about a beauty paegant ? Or a Bush-look-alike contest?

    August 29, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  6. Beverly Young

    What do Republicans have to do at their convention to top the Democrats?

    Well it seems that now it’s a bit like the Beauty and the Beast. But republicans will have to scrape the barrel a bit more to top the Democrat convention. How about a beauty paegant ? Or a Bush-look-alike contest?

    Beverly from São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil

    August 29, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  7. Dee

    In a nutshell...they can't top what the Democrats did at their convention. The Democrats spoke with conviction from their hearts, especially Obama. This is something McCain has consistantly failed to do.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  8. Michael Molloy

    Have Big Oil companies pay for people to attended the Republican Convention. Since, they got there woman who will use her Vice-Presidency signature to overrule Congress to start drilling on the Northern part of Alaska.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  9. Dori in AZ

    I'm sorry, Jack! I'm still rolling on the floor in laughter over the selection of a VP who is under investigation for abuse of power in her own state and who is comparing herself to Hillary! Oh, PLEASE! ha! ha! ha!

    August 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  10. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Please define "top". Last night was a Hollywood spectacle, and spectacles do not automatically win elections, especially when voters in economically depressed small towns and rural areas in key states are going to decide the Electoral College. By the way, the Obama campaign has managed to diss those small town voters again just this morning, with their press release about Sarah Palin. Really smart...

    Today, McCain has done something that will indeed generate great interest in his convention, and that of course is his picking Gov Sarah Palin as VP. Obama is not the only exotic candidate now, Jack. We will have to wait to see how this plays out.

    And the other factor that could affect McCain's convention is Gustav, and he isn't even on the ticket!

    August 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  11. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    Sen. McCain can send his new VP choice hunting & fishing in Alaska with Vice President Cheney and then he can gain the sympathy vote!

    August 29, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  12. Janice Kubiak

    I was a Hillary supporter – I now am a McCain supporter because of his VP choice being Gov. Palin. I urge every woman in America to get behind this ticket – it's simply the best! Perhaps women have a chance in governing at the top at long last.

    Simply the Best by Tina Turner – needs to be McCain/Palin theme song

    Janice From Denver

    August 29, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  13. j.p. fentress

    1. make sure Bush is out of town (on the Gulf Coast)
    2. Keep McCain from straying away from his cue cards.
    3. Show photos of Mrs. Palin from the Alaska Beauty Pageant.

    JPFentress
    Owensboro KY 42303

    August 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  14. Mary Wickersham

    One thing for sure, is to make sure McCain wears his flag pin, as he failed to do at today's unveiling of the vice-presidential pick.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  15. George from Stockton, Ca.

    McCain's VP Choice

    Senator McCain’s choice for VP is the ultimate pander for votes. Choosing a woman such as Kay Bailey Hutchinson would have been a bold move. She is an accomplished, fairly well known politician that happens to be a woman. Sarah Palin, on the other hand, having served less than two years as governor and a virtual unknown is strictly a pick based on gender. This really calls into question John McCain’s judgment.

    To quote a line from an earlier VP debate, Governor, I know Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton is a friend of mine. Governor, you’re no Hillary Clinton.

    Also there is the question of John McCain’s age. He would be the oldest person ever elected to a first term as President. He parades his 96 year old mother around as an example of his longevity. Genetic inheritance for longevity tends to favor one sex over the other in families. His grandfather died at age 61. His father died at age 70. John McCain would be taking on the biggest pressure cooker job in the world. He already has battled cancer. He, more than most, had an obligation to pick some one who could step into the job immediately. It goes counter to all his criticisms of the Democratic candidate’s lack of experience.

    George from Stockton, Ca.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  16. Ralph in New York

    Jack, they already did even before the GOP convention started. McCain's running mate will increase the appeal of the Republican Party: McCain's VP pick may have been risky, but it will result in increased votes.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  17. Evelyn-Michigan

    They can't. That was a brilliantly orchestrated convention that built up our interest as the week progressed and ended on a mile high note. Sen. Obama's entire campaign has been run extremely well and I hope Americans realize what great minds he will have surrounding him and all this will pay off with a victory in Nov.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  18. Joan

    HI Jack,
    Seeing that McCain is as old as dirt the GOP have to elect a VP with more experience than Joe Biden (not Sarah Palin), they have to elect a VP ready to be president on day one (not Sarah Palin) and they have to invest 5 billion in Cryogenics for McBush to relieve any tensions their cult followers might have now. Sarah Palin was picked by Oil and Gas Industry that have donated $1,069,854 so far to his campaign. Alaska drilling in the future???

    August 29, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  19. Nicole from new Paltz, NY

    Nothing GOP can do to top the Dems convention.
    Absolutely nada... It just ain't happening, not this time. As Kucinich said: wake up America! ... Won't even watch the republican convention ; especially now that they have picked this Palin who "Pales In" comparison to Hillary Clinton. A woman for vice president? yes, perhaps ,but definitely no Palin. She is no Hillary Clinton.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  20. scott, lithonia, georgia

    Find a phone booth large enough to hold the delegates.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  21. tim

    'postpone' the convention due to Hurricane Gustav – wouldn't that be convenient for the republicans to create pomp and circumstance out of a natural disaster?

    What a way, that would be, to attract attention to w's mistake with Katrina. I'm not insensitive, but what does a hurricane have to do with postponing the republican convention? Seriously.

    August 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  22. Jason - Orlando

    If they could somehow resurrect Reagan from the dead on stage and have him utter, "I'm Ronald Reagan and I'm here to help"

    August 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  23. Kerry Diehl

    They just did.....in two words....Sarah Pilan!

    And the Dems are now stuck with only two words .......Uh OH!

    August 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  24. Stephanie, Alabama

    Let's see: add a youngish ex-beauty queen, ex sports reporter, less than 2 year governor of a state that most people will never visit, who has a degree in journalism, has five children and a husband named Todd who is a oil guy. And just for a little added fun....let's make her one of the least environmentally friendly women in the U.S.

    Who needs fireworks?

    August 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  25. T. G. from the virgin islands

    For starters, they can be less "conservative" and be more animated. They can throw a big party, and make President Bush in charge of bringing the drinks. LET'S CELEBRATE!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  26. Karen - TN

    They will have to trot out the stars and try to trump Bill Clinton. Mrs. Reagan and former president Bush would be a good start. After that, I'd go with an elephant parade and free hotdogs.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  27. Marieth, Chicago

    Turn back the hands of time, start over and become Democrats. Nothing less.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  28. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    Absolutely not! The passion in Hillary Clinton's speech, the wisdom in Bill Clinton's speech, and the optimism in Biden and Obama's speeches are impossible to top. If McCain wheels out Bush and friends, he will be getting the endorsement he never wanted. Bush is a terrible act to follow.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  29. Darlene - PA

    Don't know, I will be for too busy watching paint dry, polishing my nails, scraping the dead skin off of my feet, cleaning out cabinets and dusting my baseboards.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  30. Nep

    Nothing!
    just God is capable of doing impossibles

    August 29, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  31. Simpliticus

    Thinking of the problems McCain had in his own state on getting enough donors at the convention center and having to take a venue which has fewer attendance doesn't bode well for a candidate who looks a lot like the Spinal Tap rock band which when asked why it consistently takes smaller and smaller venues answers that its audience is more intelelctual or something else beyond popular. McCain is experiencing this same phenomenon when he has to deal with fewer republican senators who will attend the convention and fewer general attendees. It has been suggested that to offset the fewer attendees, McCain needs a hall of mirrors so as to amplify the number of people and giving a larger appearance to the smaller venue. The man needs tricks to counter Obama's drawing abilities> How does one counter 85,000 people at teh Broncos stadium? Stay home and pray for rain and this is where Dobdon's prayers may be helpful!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  32. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,they have already topped the dems,by picking Sarah Palin.Hey,Obama,ooops!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  33. vern-anaheim,ca

    nothing the republicans do can top the democratic covention,i don't intend to watch a minute of it and be bored to death.where did they get this sarah palin?,she certainly is no hillary clinton who is a qualified canidate,but mccains choice isn't qualified,simple as that

    August 29, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  34. Bruce St Paul MN

    They can make a compelling case to the voters on how they will.. uh..keep things pretty much on the same course. Are there any CEO's in the room? Show of hands.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  35. Charles, Lansing, MI

    It would probaly take a stip tease by the vice presidential candidate. That would get the attention of Joe Six Pack.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  36. Marla

    McCain just OFFICIALLY lost the election. What a good choice he made.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  37. Jackie in Dallas

    Ralph in NY

    What reality are you living in? Even the millions the oil companies have contributed to McCain can't make Palin palatable to mainstream American. McCain's main criticism of Obama is that he is a "celebrity" (and what is a beauty queen?), too young (Palin is younger and more likely to have to fill part of his term), and inexperienced (at least Obama has been involved in national politics, Palin has not even two years under her belt as a Governor).

    This will go down as the biggest Republican joke in history.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  38. Major Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: They might hold a McCain-Palin Palozza or a beauty pagent.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  39. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Cancel it!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  40. Ron K.

    Hi Jack:

    Serve cake and coffee. I heard the hot dogs at the Democratic convertion were lousy.

    Ron San Diego

    August 29, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  41. Sam

    What can they do to top the Dem's convention? Have Sarah Palin do a reinactment of her swimsuit competition in the Miss Alaska pageant. That's probably her biggest claim to fame.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  42. Marty

    I really don't think they can. They are not as exciting as the Dems this election. They don't have anyone on their side that is really inspirational and many americans blame them for the mess we are in. I'm going to watch to see how many times they say POW and so I can make up some good jokes off off their message of fear-mongering.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  43. Scott from Bend, Oregon.

    They better bring in lots of brown faces. Otherwise America will realize the GOP is the party of White America. Sorry, but the truth hurts and a few hundred token minorities will not change that.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  44. Annie, Atlanta

    Get the guys that played in that tease of a British movie, "The Full Monty," to do an encore performance, and actually show it this time.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  45. Janet, USA via Canada

    Cancel It! Eight Years of Republican Disaster is enough!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  46. Mike P

    Good Luck!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  47. roger dowdle lockhart, tx

    They can't. Don't forget their convention will be to nominate Alzheimers John McCain! He is about as exciting as watching dead grass grow!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  48. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    After today's joke for VP, I just can't stop laughing, I hope they have more comedy at the convention. I thought the democrates had a great party, but comedy just might top them.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  49. Bill, Quarryville, PA

    Take the convention down to New Orleans and start filling sand bags and have GOP on their shirts for everyone to see.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  50. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    cancell it. That is the only way and we will be relieved and able to go back to our normal programing.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  51. BOB in Michigan

    In as few words as possible Jack They can't!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  52. Nuwan Sam

    Send Sarah Palin to the stage often with a sexy outfit perhaps. I can not think of anything else that they can do to top it.

    – Nuwan from Houston, TX

    August 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  53. Derek Braybrooks

    Well, here's one thing that won't do it, the selection of Sarah Palin as VP. She's not governor of a state (a state with all of 683,000 people); she's governor of a national park. And former mayor of the booming metropolis of Wasilla, population 6,700. The sheer lunacy of McCain in picking Palain underscores the Dems assertion his judgment is poor. A candidate who rails against his opponent's lack of experience then selects a running mate with even less.

    Derek
    Irmo SC

    August 29, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  54. Doc Schattman

    Jack

    I don't think they can, but hey, this is America. Let 'em do their damnedest. That's what makes politics so much fun!

    Doc
    in Ft. Worth Texas

    August 29, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  55. john

    That was the Democratic convention? Strange my friends and I were all yelling.."ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!"

    August 29, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  56. Frances, Albuquerque

    How about a Hurricane!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  57. Brenda

    This is not a question is just a trick right?

    August 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  58. Jay-Mississippi

    Throw McCain out Nominate Mitt Romney. McCain has clearly lost it.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  59. Katiec Pekin, IL

    They can't. They do not have the heart felt politicians that the
    Democrats have.
    How can they possibly speak of their love for American and
    the American people when they have almost destroyed our
    country with their mismanagement?
    How can they possibly campaign on their accomplishments
    when they have none?
    How can they possibly say they care when they obviously
    have not for these almost eight years?
    If I were a republican who wants a future in politics,
    I would call in sick for the convention.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  60. garrick

    hi jack
    i guess no one will watch this one unless you like CMT thats the only music they will have maybe you can report on how rasis the GOP is.I hope CNN look at the crowd.
    clearwater,fl

    August 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  61. Debra

    The Republicans have lost their minds and no convention tricks can help. As a life long republican and nurse I was already concerned about John McCain's cowboy diplomacy, lack of judgement, advanced age, history of cancer and now he adds an unknown soccer mom to the ticket! This is an insult to the intellegence of the women he is pandering. We don't want just any woman. We would like a woman who that is worthy of the job. We don't want just anyone that will go down in history that it was a mistake to allow a woman into such a high office! Pralin does not have the education or experience! Just because she "manages" a state that does not even have the population of Dayton does not make he managment material for the USA. At least Obama has some National experience, has practiced constitutional law and shown good judgement! I think it is scary that if something happens to John McCain we could end up with a soccer mom as president. As a mom I would not want my children's future put in that kind of jepardy. I just made a big contribution to Obama and for the first time in my life will vote Democrat!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  62. Len in Washington

    What can they do? Rent their own stadium and PUNT! Game Over!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  63. Billy G in Las Vegas

    free beer from Cindy McCain's beverage company?

    August 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  64. ajks

    I don't think they can do anything. It would have to be something terribly funny to beat the joke they gave us today. The Democrats have laughed so hard –they are still holding their sides because it hurts so much. Talk about pandering for votes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  65. Josh in Sylvania, Ohio

    The truth is that they can't. Because the GOP is to blame for the mess this country is in. Jack, the GOP is the party that said that we are a nation of whiners and that the economic troubles we are suffering are all in our head. The Republicans have nothing to run on but their failures. This election is for the Democrats to win.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  66. David Richards

    Nothing. Their candidate is an angry, senile old man. They have NOTHING!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  67. Juanita from IN

    They can't. This is Barack Obama's destiny and John McCain's ambition.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  68. Ray, Florida

    Nominate someone other that John McCain Jack!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  69. Cynthia

    They can't Jack. The reality of it is those who can do and those who can't say negative things and complain about it.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  70. don in naples, florida

    Nothing. John Mccain lost my vote today with his obviously inept choice for v.p. Good grief. She would be one step from presidency if something should happen to Mccain. That is scary. I think the republicans have been trying to mock the office of presidency with the weak candidates they keep putting up for president. It seems like they are making fun of we the american people. I am not completely comfortable with Obama, but Mccain is a loose cannon, not to be trusted at all. It seems he lacks integrity, foresight, and good judgement.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  71. Saul Quinones

    Very hard to follow an awesome spectacle like the Democratic convention. After todays event there is no hope for McCain now. It would best to concede to Barack Obama to save himself the embarrasment of losing in a landslide.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  72. Jerry from Jacksonville

    Will never happen unless they all dance naked in the moonlight. They probably need to call their convention Comedy Central. McBush can get Bush to be the bartender serve beer from his wife's company and get shotgun Chaney to put on a shooting exhibition. McCain could explain how to crash Navy fighter planes, having crashed four should qualify him as an expert on crashing planes.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  73. Kevin from Massachusetts

    Well to start, show the American public they know about rising fuel costs and not have a parade of Suburbans out front. Secondly, nominate, second and approve their selection, make a couple of speeches, and go home. All this hoopla, and patting on the back, celebrity sighting, concerts,and other circus acts is getting old real fast. Turn the clock to November as fast as they can.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  74. Brian

    Jack,

    lol.

    Brian
    Moscow, Idaho

    August 29, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  75. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    The GOP's best bet to top the Democratic Convention ... cancel their convention completely! I'm sure there will be something much more entertaining and informative on the Cartoon Network than anything this floundering party could possibly cook up!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  76. Jim El Paso Tx.

    Jack...between McCains choice of Palin as his VP candidate an all the Republicans that are up for election bailing out on attending the event, I think the RNC should call it a wash an forget the whole thing 🙂

    August 29, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  77. Anna in New Mexico

    Jack, the question should be, "What can they do?"

    August 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  78. Pat, Greenville, Ohio

    They could ask Obama to come and make a speech.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  79. Bit

    They can't......McBushRove is boring.

    Bit/Alabama

    August 29, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  80. Tina (Texas)

    The Dem's convention is like the Bejing olympics you cannot beat it. Just do your best and try to get your party back in order since the last 8 has been a joke.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  81. Chuck B Coastal NC

    THEY CAN'T

    August 29, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  82. Connie

    Jack,That would be very simple, McBush could concede, save the taxpayers 84 million federal funding. Connie from Indiana

    August 29, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  83. Valentina in CT

    Win Barack Obama's endorsement.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  84. Terri-Ann, Dallas, TX

    They cannot top the Dems. Supporters flocked to Obama's convention because they're passionate about the candidates. I can't say the same for McCain!

    August 29, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  85. Craig

    Jack, The Republicans should move their convention to the New Orleans Superdome. What a perfect way to showcase their brave, resolute support for all of America's less fortunate citizens. News images of Reublicans handing out lifejackets to the citizenry as they float by would be priceless.
    Hiram Rapids, Oh.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  86. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Just prior to his acceptance speech, John McCain would have to do backflips across the stage, then leap up screaming: "I have seen the light"! Like Jake Blues at the Triple Rock church.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  87. Craig

    Jack, The Republicans should move their convention to the New Orleans Superdome. What a perfect way to showcase their brave, resolute support for all of America's less fortunate citizens. News images of Republicans handing out lifejackets to the citizenry as they float by would be priceless.
    Hiram Rapids, Oh.

    August 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  88. Sandra fromTexas

    If Gustov hits the Gulf coast, maybe Bush and McCain could have a cake party in the parking lot.

    August 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  89. Chester Rush

    I would like to see Sarah Palin play her flute, model her swimsuit and evening-wear, and answer the question: If you became President of the U.S., what is the first thing you’d do and why?

    August 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  90. Al, Lawrence KS

    Speak in 2 mile high stadium.

    August 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  91. Susan from Greenfield, Wi.

    There is nothing that they can do. They are old, boring, corrupt, and stuck in the past. They have driven this nation into bankruptcy, and they still tell lies about it. Theirs is a fantasy land without substance, or answers. Ms. Eisenhower couldn't have said it better last night about what they really are.
    So, not only can they not top that, but Gustav and then Hanna will steal what little limelight that they may get. CNN will not see a record rating with the GOP coverage like you did last night with Obama.

    August 29, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  92. Say What??

    Put the former beauty queen in a bikini and give her a fishin' pole!!

    August 29, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  93. Rose

    I hope the GOP does not top the DEM convention, it would say to me that they care about the expense of such a Glitzy affair. We the taxpayers pay for much of these conventions and there is no speech that is worth that kind of expense.

    Rose
    AZ

    August 29, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  94. Terri from Virginia

    I wish I knew something they could do. I suspect it might be worth a small fortune to them and then I could use the money to help the economy!

    August 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  95. RJ From Pennsylvania

    Tell us the heck Palin is...

    August 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  96. Tennisguypitt

    They can't.

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  97. Rudy NYC

    They need to take a stand on issues. Show more substance than juvenile name calling. Does anyone know what McCain plans to do besides continue the Iraq War?

    August 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  98. teri schooley

    First, they have to show up. Polls notwithstanding, every time I've seen photos and coverage of the Republicans and John McCain's stops along the campaign trail, the rooms have been half empty. And the people who are there are usually dozing. They wake up confused and befuddled when McCain starts yelling at a protester who was, inadvertently, allowed to use his right to free speech and ask a question. But they'll do better next time if McCain wins....then those pesky civil rights will finally all be off the books.
    -Teri in Hagerstown

    August 29, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  99. Chris, Indiana

    Lay back and relax. McCain killed all hope of a GOP victory for choosing a VP under investigation in her home state. A first-term govenor who is as green as new college graduate. The VP is supposed to be able to step into the presidency at a moment's notice. Looks like McCain found himself a new hot, young thing.

    August 29, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  100. PAUL FROM ATLANTA

    PUT ON DUNCE HATS AND PIN THE TAIL ON THE ELEPHANT

    August 29, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  101. Steve (Atlanta)

    Lets see... They'd reasonably need...

    George H.W. to give a rousing speech to top Bill Clinton's.

    Mitt Romney will have to top Hillary Clinton's inspiring speech.

    Sarah Palin will have to count on her 30+ years of experience and sharp wit to give a great vice presidental speech topping Biden (oops)

    Dick Cheney will have to speak about his great moral crusade in the same brilliant and self-depricating way Al Gore did.

    Rudy Guiliani and his lisp will have to give a keynote stressing his impeccable record and bipartisan work as good as Mark Warner's.

    In other words, they don't stand a chance. They don't even have Ron Paul to fill Kucinich's insanity role.

    August 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  102. Sid---Texas

    By handcuffing George W. Bush on the spot, and forfeiting the election......

    August 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  103. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Stay home, save their money and wait 67 days and vote for Obama.

    August 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  104. L.M.,Arizona

    Oh let see give McCain a makeover that makes him look ten years younger. Tell Bush and Cheney that the convention is in Denver. Don't let McCain stand with Liebermann and the other old men of the party.

    L.M.,AZ

    August 29, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  105. michelle

    Have John McCain stop reading his speeches and realize the American people do not feel his sincerity.

    August 29, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  106. Frank, Quebec

    They can't because McCain already destroyed most of the fervor of his fans by selecting a noname girl without experience as his VP.

    August 29, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  107. Mr. & Mrs. Jack Jones

    $2300.00 to MCCain today, he's going to clean up the you know what in Washington – of course he's never been for Pork Barrel.
    We have changed our minds now.
    Jones'
    Billings Montana

    August 29, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  108. Donna

    Not much they can do...they will have movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger (if his state can pass a budget), McCain (who has been in movies himself) and now Palin (A former beauty queen) on stage and they call Obama a "celebrity"....

    Also, I have heard one of McCain's speeches and I would rather watch a snail cross the street...hopefully someone will give him a Red Bull before he starts talking....

    August 29, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  109. Terrence, Georgia

    I know how the Republicans can have a better convention. Next monday President Bush walks out on stage with Cheney and McCain at his side and proclaims to america that the GOP will never run for office again.

    August 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  110. Aaron in Carolina Beach

    Nothing. I seriously doubt Mr. Magoo knows how to throw a decent party.

    And where the heck was his lapel pin? Lapel pins are the only way show you love our country, I guess he never really did.

    August 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  111. Derek

    Nothing. They can't even get 10,000 people from Minnesota to fit their convention.

    August 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  112. me46

    Move it to New Orleans.

    August 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  113. Dave in MO

    Jack I think they just did!

    August 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  114. Peter TX

    GOP has to send McCain to Russia and Iran and make their folks hold the American Flag and weave it, and it better not be on fire! then the GOP will top the DNC convention

    Peter, Dallas

    August 29, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  115. Duffey

    Not that Curmudgeon Cafferty and I would watch... but John McCayan might invite his biker buddies to show up and host a rerun of that Dakota contest... featuring his new running mate, his current and past wives, and Vickie.... that lobbyist he helped!

    August 29, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  116. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Gieven the blatant sexism of the DNC and Obama campaign, McCain already has topped the Democrats.

    August 29, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  117. Trish

    Hey Jack, would you see if someone or other will ask Gov.Palin just WHEN she will be turning in her RESIGNATION letter to her home state so that THEY can "adjust" for surely she is in it to win it and figures herself on a winning team (thou am NOT so sure McC is really in it to win it with this selection and display of hs judgement faculties !!!)

    August 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  118. D.R.

    Jack, remember Bush nominating Harriet Miers to the US Supreme Court? Looks like McCain is trying to outdo Bush.

    D.R.
    Dearborn MI

    August 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  119. Kelly, PA

    It just isn't possible. The GOP is a joke with these recent turn of events. Just pitiful.

    August 29, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  120. Raoul

    Have John McCain come out wearing Hip-Hop gear and a platinum grill for his nomination acceptance speech so he can get the young vote.

    August 29, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  121. donna myrtle beach, SC

    Not possible. The omens are there. Obama accepted on the anniversay of one of the greatest moments in our history, McSame nominates Miss Thing on the anniversary of one of the lowest. Those rediculous Jesus junkies were praying for " a flood of biblical proportions" to destroy Obama's speech, instead it looks like they'll have a hurricane keeping us occupied and keeping thier little party out of the limelight. Looks to me like OurLord has shown us what he wants, he's given our country one last chance, it's upto us to listen.

    August 29, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  122. Hunty Chan

    What a terrible choice on part of McCain. Shows poor poor judgement and is just what a long term political operative would do – put aside ideals to try and jdo what it takes to win the election. I as a woman am outraged by his choice of candidate.

    August 29, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  123. Ken

    Jack there is only one way. Concede the election now and save this fine country alot of money.

    August 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  124. Pura Smith

    Call me crazy but, I think John MCain knows that he's defeated and when all is said and done he'll place the blame for his loss on Palin. His audacity to think that the loyal Hillary supporters will be swayed by Palin is a sign of his senility and poor judgement.

    August 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  125. Tom

    Starting off by Jumping the Shark with the VP selection is soooooo not a good idea.

    Tom
    Silverdale, Wa

    August 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  126. Doug Rombough

    To answer your question quite simply: The Second Coming! Jack, stick a fork in the GOP, they're done!

    Doug Rombough,
    Ottawa, Canada

    August 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  127. Allyson

    Oh, Thats Easy....Invite Obama to give the welcoming speech on Monday!
    There is nothing that can do, they don't even have a prayer!

    August 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  128. Rhonda

    The G.O.P. can't top the Dems, especially now that McCain's V.P. selection is Palin. . .Palin comparison to Biden, Palin comparison to Hillary, even Palin comparison to Dan Quayle!

    August 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  129. Kyle Keleher

    They better make sure they eat their Wheaties and drink a lot of Red Bull's!

    August 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  130. john danford

    You won't like the answer and certainly, I don't expect it to be posted.
    Republicans? Just show up. Barack Obama is no more than a cult of personality with whose liberal agenda is cloaked in "unifying the country" What bologna! Like it or not we are and will be conservative and liberal in this country. What foolishness to think one group will lay down it's diametrically opposing viewpoint! Why would we have two parties for gosh sakes? Get real! If Obama gets elected and when he flops will Mr. Cafferty own up to his bad choice?? and add critical commentary if need be? Probably not..liberal is as liberal does..

    August 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  131. Jim J, Texas

    They could try saying "April Fool!"

    August 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  132. Matt Sattler

    Hi Jack,
    I don't know if the GOP could top the Dems' convention, Jack. But in an ironic twist of fate, it looks like the Dems will have the option of praying for rain 'of biblical proportions' to ensure that it won't!

    August 29, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  133. John Nickum

    How about telling the truth? Unique thought?

    August 29, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  134. anne

    Get rid of McCain and Palin

    August 29, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  135. Kevin

    McCain should go on the convention floor, formally move to suspend the rules and concede the presidency to Obama, by acclamation.

    August 29, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  136. Tye

    Jack, the best thing that the Republicans can do to top the Democratic Convention, is to not show up.

    August 29, 2008 at 6:21 pm |