FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Barack Obama has apparently already struck fear into the hearts of the Republican power structure. He doesn't quite have the nomination yet, although it's a pretty good bet he's going to get it.
But John McCain couldn't wait for that formality. Apparently if you're John McCain, it's never too early to start calling people names. Last night while celebrating his victory in Wisconsin, McCain could have chosen to use the free air time he was given on all three cable news networks for advancing some of his ideas of how he thinks he can make the country better.
But instead, he chose to call Barack Obama names, referring to the Democrat's call for change as "eloquent but empty." This is school yard stuff and you'd think a 71-year-old member of the United States Senate would know better. The reason Obama has captured the imagination of the people in this country is because he has a long list of ideas on how to improve things. And in case you haven't noticed, we could use a little improvement around here.
Barack Obama was expected to draw a crowd of 20,000 people to a campaign event in Dallas, Texas, today. I wonder how many people showed up at McCain's last appearance.
Partisanship, name calling and gridlock are turning people's stomachs. Barack Obama has arrived on the scene like a breath of fresh air and if John McCain doesn't understand the significance of that, he has no more chance of becoming president than I do.
Here’s my question to you: What are the chances we’re spared a negative campaign when it comes to the general election?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
J.D. from New Hampshire writes:
The Republicans should think twice before going negative this time around. Both their candidate and his spouse have dirt in their past that would be best left buried. Americans are tired of the negative and are looking for the upbeat and positive; that's why there is an Obama tidal wave on the Democratic side.
For some reason, no one running for president but Obama seems to know how to not run a negative campaign. Despite how many times he wins in the primaries, they just don't seem to get it.
Sean from Severn, Maryland writes:
Not likely. Unfortunately, not even the political arena can escape the Jerry Springer Syndrome. The media love controversy and the candidates know this. And more importantly, can you even imagine a kinder, gentler John McCain? Didn't think so.
Of course we won’t be spared a negative campaign. There's a reason the Republicans are more of the same, and there's a reason Barack Obama is vesting himself in going against this immaturity and perennial tasteless behavior on the part of politicians–and note how I say politicians, and not Republicans, because Mrs. Clinton falls into this same tactless category.
"Bring em on!" The more attacks McCain throws, the deeper the hole he digs. Look at how well negative attacks have worked for Hillary. She went from front-runner to running out of votes, mine included. And the fun hasn't even started.
John from Marlton, New Jersey writes:
Jack, Zero chance. It will make “It’s Getting Ugly Out There” look like a children’s bedtime storybook.