July 30th, 2008
05:50 PM ET

'Politicked out' yet?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The 2008 presidential campaign has been a telethon without a disease. In fact, it will be the longest in American history.

First, the public was subjected to that 16-month long primary season, which included months of the Clinton-Obama drama. And that was just the warm-up act.

It's only July. Now were bombarded daily with non-stop coverage of the Obama-McCain throwdown, the daily back and forth, tit-for-tat between the two campaigns.

These candidates have been in the game for quite some time now, when you consider Barack Obama has almost been running for 2 years, since saying in October of 2006 that he was considering a run for president. John McCain might be at it even longer, dating back to his embrace of President Bush in the 2004 campaign.

And it's only going to get worse. Next up come the vice presidential picks, followed by the conventions. Then after Labor Day, get ready for the really heated campaigning. There will be debates, and town hall meetings and staged events for the TV cameras. It will make your teeth hurt. Not to mention all the campaigns for congressional and Senate seats.

In late September, some voters can start casting absentee ballots. And don't think both candidates won't have their eyes on these people, which experts say could total as many as one-third of all voters.

Ever more intensive news coverage won't be the half of it. Brace for onslaughts of television ads, direct mailings, phone calls asking for your money and your votes. It will be positively suffocating.

The next 100 days or so will be a political version of "waterboarding."

Here’s my question to you: Are you “politicked out” yet?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

James writes:
I can’t take it anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait for Election Day but I can barely stand to look at polls and websites and have stopped watching election coverage all together. I’m extremely excited about this election but just wake me up on November 6th. I’ve had enough.

Billy from Las Vegas writes:
I wish we had the British system where campaigning only lasts 5 to 8 weeks ahead of an election and there are laws banning most TV and radio ads. As a matter of fact, I wish we had their parliamentary system because if you end up with a complete fool in power, it's easier to get rid of them. I doubt a "Prime Minister Bush" government would have survived 30 days after 9-11 and definitely would have been voted out after Katrina.

Brian from Moscow, Idaho writes:
Jack, No way. I'm addicted, just like you are. You sound like a grouchy old guy most of the time, but then again you picked a job where you are paid to complain three times a day on television about politics! All I know is that you and I might have to become drinking buddies after the election – we're going to be dealing with some serious political withdrawal.

Steve from Jacksonville, Fla. writes:
I'll be glad when the whole thing moves over to the History Channel.

Linda from Atlanta writes:
I am not politicked out! I am in it for the long haul. To me, the stakes have never been higher and it is incumbent upon every American who wants a better future to fully engage and stay engaged until the last vote is counted!

Saroop writes:
Aside from sports, there's nothing else on TV. Politics has to keep me going until the new season of Lost begins.

Robert from New York
Hey, Jack. Even if we were, would you all stop shoving it down our collective throat?

Filed under: 2008 Election
soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. Tina (Texas)

    I am just sick of the negative campaign that both parties are running. I want to know what they are going to do to help me live out the rest of my natural born days.

    July 30, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  2. Terry, Chandler AZ

    I've been looking forward to arriving home every night after work to watch CNN coverage of the candidates and the issues. I still watch nothing but CNN, but as far as the election, I'm tired of it. Same old stuff. I wish Barak would pull 15 – 20 points ahead.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  3. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I don't mind the politics but the constant polls are getting ridiculous!!! They are almost as annoying as Fox saying they are "fair and balanced" and Wolf Blitzer saying CNN has the "best political team" every other sentence!!!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  4. Susan from Ga

    God, Yes. Can we have a break for a month?

    July 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  5. L. Warner, IN

    Not at all! Especially when it comes to the election, I'm so unbelieveably excited to see people actually caring about the future of their country. I think people have seen what damage can be done when voters don't make an informed decision. And I'm hopeful we won't make that mistake again with this election.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  6. Ed Reed

    Yes, and it's only going to get worse. For the benefit of everyone's mental health, let's move up the election. As an added benefit, we will get rid of the Current Occupant sooner.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    July 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  7. joanie

    Completely! If I hear the words "Obama" or "McCain" once more this week I swear I think I'll puke. Joanie Amherst, MA

    July 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  8. Rick in L.A.

    Jack, I'm ticked that the media reports McCain's attacks and never points out the contradictions. Obama is the celebrity and he's not? The man appeared in Wedding Crasher, hosted Saturday Night Live and has appeared on the Daily Show more time than Steve Carell! You can't call someone else a celebrity less than a week after you're photographed walking the red carpet with Lance Armstrong.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  9. Catherine Fredericks

    Jack, we are politicked out and have been for quite some time. We are not a bunch of robots, we are intelligent americans and some of those questions are downright senseless. We know that you are capable of much better as you are a good reporter so lighten up and give us something different for a change.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  10. Beth

    Of course not. It's better than us getting numbed and dumbed by Britney Spears gossip. I would much rather watch and listen to you, Jack, but alas, I have to sometimes watch Bill O'Reilly.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  11. Jim in BC

    Yeah. Probably explains my cranky attitude towards you yesterday.
    Sorry, and thanks for the read.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  12. David, Orlando, FL

    I’ve been “politicked out” for the last 2 years. I’m so tired of it that I almost don’t care who gets in. Is it February 2009 yet?

    July 30, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  13. Mariel

    I'm tired of the political games. I think both candidates are true politicians, but McCain is either changing his main platforms, making huge gaffes, and running a completely negative campaign every day. And the media doesn't seem to be questioning any of it. This is just crazy!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  14. Al, Lawrence KS

    Oh Lord NO. This is the most exciting election in my lifetime. And I'm pretty old. Of course I have been off my meds lately.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  15. Nuwan Sam

    You guys at CNN would not leave us alone with the "Best in Politics" team.

    – Nuwan from Houston, TX

    July 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  16. Kevin — Chester Springs PA

    Not even close. An old tired white dude against a dynamic young black guy? And it's a close race! You can't write stuff like this. Besides it helps keeps you and Wolf employed.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  17. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    What are you, kidding me? I eat, drink and sleep this stuff. I revel in it. I glory in it.
    This is what America was intended to be; a boiling pot of conflicting views and ideas competing openly for the approving nod of the ordinary citizen.
    Some folks say politics is sleazy. And to be sure there are rank buggers out there like those swift-boating essobees pushing all kinds of vile lies, but exposure to daylight kills mold. So pour it on 24/7/365. Politics is the business of the People and the life's blood of the Republic.
    And remember folks, no matter how slimy it gets, it ain't a bad as the antics of Spears, Hilton, Lohan & Co.

    Pablo in Arlington, Texas

    July 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  18. Becker Dallas, Texas

    I was done with this election process 12months ago.
    We all have to remember what we are voting for in the first place. We would be electing a member of congress to the highest office in the land. Both candidates contributed at least in part to the problems that exist today in this country by how they voted in congress.
    The approval rating of congress is lower then even that of President Bush.
    Umm.. Humm.. That is what I want running my country. 9 percent is pretty close to nothing. Nothing is just about what we would be electing in either candidate. Hardly seems worth the trouble when you look at it that way.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  19. Erin

    Hey, slow week Jack? I didn't think so I'll answer this with a twist. I'm sick of the McCain attack ads this week and am wondering why he is being allowed to
    1. blame Obama for the current gas prices
    2. attack Obama's character regarding the troops
    3. paint Obama as a fame-seeker along the lines of Brittany and Paris

    How low can he go? And when will the media call out this yellow-journalism? You guys should just put forth the facts and don't worry about being called liberal. By the time Rove is done with McCain's campiaign, being called a liberal will be the utmost compliment.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  20. Steve

    If anybody on this blog was politicked out, they sure wouldn't have the energy answer this question.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  21. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Are you kidding me? It's just now starting to get fun. The Republican attack machine is starting to make some noise and should be kicking it into high gear soon. And Obama seems ready for it and prepared to respond quickly and effectively whenever he gets slimed. It should make for a really interesting Fall.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  22. John T, Cottage Grove, Oregon

    I will be soon if you analysts don't come up with some new questions. It's not that hard. "Sen. Obama: Are there specific ways you will change the way things are done in Washington, or will you reinvent the wheel?" "Sen. McCain: Why should we trust you to lead diplomatic efforts in the world when you seem so incapable of diplomacy?" "Either one of you: How would the relationship between executive and legislative branches differ from the present one under your administration?"

    July 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  23. Brian - Trinidad

    Oh no!The political 20 car-Nascar-style-pile-up is just around the corner and I can't wait to see that happen live on CNN.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  24. Wendy

    Not at all. Although I am sick and tired of the "talking heads" who pontificate every day about who or did what and don't educate the people about where the candidates stand on the issues

    Also, the polls have to go. EVERY DAY A NEW POLL!!!

    CSPAN is a great place and the BBC and, of course, I do watch Jack Cafferty but I want to get my political education, it will not be on cable.

    To answer the question .. I am not politicked out but I am about "cabled out".

    San Rafael, CA

    July 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  25. Rosalynd Florida

    No way. The election commentary in this blog from good ole Americans is priceless.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  26. Chris, Southern California

    No, Jack. My vote is very dependent on what Obama eats for breakfast and how much time McCain spends styling his hair.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  27. Jim Conn

    I'm looking forward to more hogwash that their exposing, as I am listening to Christmas songs in October. Jim Logansport, Indiana

    July 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  28. Esther Marie Cuyahoga Falls OhiO

    Are you joking Jack its out civic duty to understand this stuff. They should stop teaching us as children wasteful things and teach us the constitution instead and make us more responsible for ourselves and our fellow man. I wish they would have like congress taking questions like you do and include us in on that too. wow I should have ran for an office this year I am more excited about politics than I have been in my whole life. I do not like soap operas and gossip about hollywood I am an american and proud to be it again.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  29. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    No jack, if I was I would'nt be reading your column or writng to you now!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  30. Sam, Las vegas

    Politics is like an inexpensive wine being consumed by an alcoholic. It doen't matter if it's cheap. As long as it keeps coming, you can't get enough of it.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  31. David of Alexandria

    Beyond a doubt. I was almost politicked out during the democrats primary. The endless pundits parsing every word and nuance is numbing. Obama, who I used to fairly consider, now seems to be like watching a movie in rerun evbery day - droning on like a preaching manfiesto meister rather than an agent of change.

    Surely, there is a lot more going on in the world than this. I watch BBC - they seem to find it.

    But, for mercy's sake, Kieth Oberman is probably going to implode with blustery biased ranting against anything non-Obama if there isn't some kind of a time out. You media guys ought to get together and declare a moritorium on the election.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  32. Rocky from Chicopee, Ma

    ARE YOU KIDDDING??? I still have my Wolff Blitzer-Jack Cafferty posters on my wall....right next to my autographed Harold Stassen poster.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  33. Fred, Las Vegas, NV

    Yeah, I am even beginning to doubt my sanity.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  34. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    The only thing that Politicks me is the constant whining coming from John McCain. Everytime Obama utters a word, McCain is all over it. He exaggerates, he lies and he is in a constant attack mode. Does this man ever have a thought or idea of his own, it is ridiculous. He is running a dirty nasty campaign, and I remember hearing him say that is something he would never do.Well he is doing it and it is pathetic.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  35. Terry from North Carolina

    The question is " are you politicked out yet " ? And oh by the way how about poor Wolf ?

    July 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |

    Just with the lies and spin FOX puts on it. Jack it is refreshing to get your fair and honest tell it like it is view even if i don't agree.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  37. Ralph in New York

    You bet, Jack - and the media isn't helping. I can't wait for November.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  38. sarah, indiana

    it would not be so bad if the media was just reporting in an unbiased fashion regarding the issues, however the media is currently engaged in a torrid love affair with obama and seem determined to crown him king of the world. just tell me where the candidates stand on the issues and keep your crush to yourself please.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  39. Marian London

    Not yet until after the November elections but ,after that we will begin to monitor how the new government is doing/progress or perhaps further deterioration as the case maybe.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  40. BOB in Michigan

    No Jack I'm not politiced out yet and I won't be until we get the rotten apples that have taken America hostage out in November. That is when sanity will return to the United States, when Obama is elected president.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  41. Capitol Hill

    YEA – Big time. But then if it wern't for the OB celebrity you & CNN wouldn't have fodder for your shows !

    July 30, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  42. Anthony Smith

    Nah, I'm like the energizer bunny. I just keep going...kinda like George Bush and his spending habits along with his war!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    July 30, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  43. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Oh, no, Jack, the fun has not even begun yet. After the Coronation Spectacular in Denver is past, many of us who supported Dem candidates who would be 25 points or more ahead of McCain right now, will finally get our satisfaction in watching the attack ads resolve the election. Hey, you wanted Obama, you got him, and we will have another Republican in the White House because of him.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  44. Linda, Ruther Glen, Va

    Hey Jack, if McCain says "my friend" much more everyone is gonna know he's phony and no friend of anyones.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  45. Dick B

    Why do you ask? Is there something political going on?

    July 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  46. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    No I make sure I take my vitamins, exercise, eat properly and NEVER watch the news longer than 5 days in a row.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  47. Craig

    no way jack. i cant get enough. its my future at stake.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  48. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Nope. Not yet. Keep blustering.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  49. Mike Smith, New Orleans, LA

    Are you kidding? The real mud slinging hasn't even started yet! By the time the Republicans finish with Obama, most Americans will believe he killed Nicole Brown Simpson.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  50. Ez

    AS long as you Jack and woolf are delivering it I am Happy and as long as Lou and Glen are as far away as posible from the sitiuation room.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  51. Fish, MN

    This was intended to be the time for Republicans to have found some bounce on Obama's trip abroad. Howeverm his perfectly flowless tour made them jealous; they are now talking about little personality issues that have nothing to do with him or improving our lives.
    No matter how the trip went they are determined to find some negative attacking point anyways. Of course I am of sick of it, too much politicking! I hate baseless character attacks.
    Jack, this might be the last time I give out my comment on your blog until you come up with helpful and interesting issues.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  52. Bizz in PA

    Jack, after watching all the primary debates and listening to the candidates speeches on where they stand on the issues, plus knowing their medical records and physical condition not counting what one person wants to cut off of another candidate, I would say I am more then politicked out.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  53. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    I'm sick of Bush, congress, the GOP, and the pundits analysis ad nauseum of every tiny detail in the lives of the "presumptive" nominees. (Except for Wolf). Still, I always tune in to the situation room, because I'm afraid I'm gonna miss something. I admit I am a Cafferty File junkie, politics or not.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  54. Brenda from midwest

    Believe it or not, I am not! I know it seems unreal and I do have my moments when I have to just not think about it. However, I can not ignore this race. It is a serious race and if we don't pay attention, we get what we deserve. We have a real choice and a real chance to do something wonderful for this country and choose a leader who is capable of doing the things that can bring us out of this mess. I will continue to do my share to see to it that we don't blow it. I hope enough others are willing to do the same. And by the way, capable = OBAMA.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  55. Annie, Atlanta

    Ugly, attack politics yes. Politics in general, never!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  56. Uche, Harrisburg PA

    Are you kidding me? My two year old nephew already knows what it means to flip flop

    July 30, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  57. Dave of Oregon

    I would like to have the elections right now so as to get this country back on track again! Otherwise, we are looking at several more months of attempting to get McCain elected which would be a mistake or to get the polls so that McCain could get elected by stealing votes with voting machines, that is what the media is all about! When you ask why Obama isn't winning by larger polls, you are really wanting McCain to do better so that he does become president. Be careful for what you want, my friend!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  58. Fred

    Of course not. Im still waiting for the next McCain add that compares Obama's foriegn policy credentials to those of Paris Hilton. And then John McCains will get nipple piercings to show how in touch he is with the youth.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  59. George on Nantucket Island, MA

    Anyone ho answers yes to that question needs to go live in China for a couple of years. It is our privilege to participate in a democracy. What I am tired of is a certain politician who promised one thing during the primaries and then changed his position for the general election. that is not playing by the rules. Jack, you will never print this on your blog, the kool-aid won't let you. PUMA

    July 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  60. Helen Gibson

    When will we have breaking news regarding MCCain's son, Andrew and his involvement in yet another Bank collapse. Good time to remind everyone of John's involvement in 'the Keating 5. John certainly deserves this since he promised a clean campaign and has done nothing but crucify OBama–just as he was crucified in 200O By 'W'. We are all watching and saying as Yogi did, "Dejuvu all over again!!"
    *Silver State Bancorp(NASDAQ;SSBX

    July 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  61. Venia - PA

    The hateful people on these blogs are what is wearing me out. It is disgusting to my soul how these people are either still clinging to hillary or make excuses for john mccain's ineptitude. They don't have to love Obama or even like him but atleast make fair comments. Don't bash Obama for not having substance when you haven't bother to go on his website and check out the thousands of pages of policy plans he actually has. Or don't make hateful remarks about his popularity just because the world loves him and his platform. Be fair and honest in your criticisms. This country is sad and that is what has me worn out.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  62. Mike in BC

    Jack it provides a never ceasing flow of information that shows how so many of the people in control of the United States say and do so many low and stupid things just to stay in control.

    It would be good to see someone do something for the good of the people rather than do something to stay in power for a change

    July 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  63. Dan, Maryland

    Never. They say engineers build the world, business people manage the world, psychologists make sure the world is sane, and politicians run it all. What could be more fun than seeing a couple people debate to become the most powerful person in the world? I could watch this forever.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  64. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Not yet Jack. I love politics and am a Yellow Dog Democrat so proud of our candidate Barack Obama. I just wish the mainstream media would report more accurately on the gaffes of the McCain campaign and the lies told in his commercials. The media (especially the three main networks) is much harder on Obama. It is time for Americans to support change to get us out from the debacle of the last 8 years and vote for someone who is intellectual, kind, diplomatic, and not a warmonger–Barack OBAMA! McCain would be one more huge disaster for our country. I find CNN's coverage generally fair except in the case of Lou Dobbs. You and Wolf do a great job!!!!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  65. Jason, Koloa, HI

    Everybody is tired of the current type of politics. That is why there is so much interest in the Obama campaign. I will gladly suffer through one more typical politics as usual election season for even a small hope that the Obama administration will bring real change to the way things are done in Washington.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  66. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    Well, I always think I am politicked out, then some new tidbit comes along and I'm right back in it. I've been saying lately that I will turn off the computer, go relax, mow the lawn, whatever. But when its time to answer your questions, or watch Keith Olbermann or read my blogs, I just have to get back into it. I must be addicted. Do they have rehab for political junkies?

    July 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  67. Dan from Kitchener

    It seems like politics is all your country has going for it at present and it provides comedic relief to people world wide.

    We get a kick out of watching Mr. McCain fumble around his interviews and stump speeches. Although John has admitted he isn't familiar with the new fangled computers his party might want to consider having a USB port installed in his head then all they'd have to do is insert a memory stick!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  68. Fred

    No, of course not Jack. I was actually wondering if McCain was implying whether Obama had Paris and Britney on his short list for VP. It would help his credentials in the economic arena becuase they know how to spend.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  69. Maryanne Wethersfield CT

    ....I'm personally more interested in Shark Week, but with all this media coverage, I keep waiting for Obama to show up for a photo op in a shark cage or a wet suit....it wouldn't surprise me one bit! Next "Cafferty File" question: "Why no bump in the polls after Obama spends time with tiger sharks?"

    July 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  70. vern - anaheim ca

    i am ,our political campains are much to long,why can't they be shorter?i think great britian has short election campains.these campains cost canidates alot of money.i don't think many people change their minds about who they will be voting for when the election time comes

    July 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  71. Helen Gibson

    I don't plan to be 'politicked out' until the November election, but I will say, we should give them 4 months total and we're out of there!! Helen Gibson

    July 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  72. byron in vernonia, oregon

    I'm a political junkie, and I get to the point where I just have to turn off the TV. It hasn't helped that this thing has gone on for almost 2 years now. Something's probably wrong with you if you aren't burned out.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  73. James, Prescott,Michigan

    Never! I will be there with you and Wolf to the end!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  74. Tom in Desoto Texas

    Any more the campaigning is a never ending event. With the House of Representatives being elected every two years there is no campaign break. By the time the presidental election occur the entire process will have lasted over a year and a half. One day presidental campaigns will probably overlap one another. It will feel like a never ending tooth ache.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  75. Janice Pound

    Not if I had only to listen to the Candidates speak their views. sans their ads. McCain's have been grossly untruthful lately. And if the pundits would stop talking , They are really only stating their opinions, guessing what someone is thinking, and generally what they think is wrong or right .Also stop swamping the media with those stupid, , rediculose polls. Jack , your one of a very few people who speaks with a great deal of common sense.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  76. Geri Britt

    I have to agree with Beth above. Politics is far better than to have to listen to the chatter of Hollywood gossip, which Wolff usually resorts to when news is slow. I really love you Jack, The Situation Room and Wolff, but Wolff you know I'm right, you do resort to the insignificant , like Hollywood people, during the off-season of politics. This is when I'm forced to tune out CNN.

    Geri – Mead, OK

    July 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  77. Nancy from Indiana

    I am getting close to being tired of it all but thank goodness all I have to do is change the channel!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  78. Mary - California

    Enough campaigning and politics. Let's get on with the show and
    elect a President!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm |

    Not at all. Am enjoying the campaign tremendously. Have
    never seen such excitement and enthuisiam during an
    election. The blogs are going full steam.
    Do get disgusted with the swiftboating going on and the
    constant poll numbers, as they are worthless at this time.
    If one is bored, get involved!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  80. lynn, Vancouver

    The only things I am tired of is the media giving free media time to McCain's ridiculous ads without any fact checking and the fact that America no longer has an objective, unbiased media that actually investigates and looks at the claims of each politician. Instead they have on Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck and surrogates from each party yelling talking points of each other.

    The American election has become a reality tv show.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  81. Len in Clarkston, WA

    Yes! Between lying campaigns, endless polls of 1500 people that are touted to represent "All Americans," talking heads that repeat the same things over and over until we're all ready to scream and the endless "Photo Ops" the answer is not just yes but....HELL YES!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  82. Karen in Fairfax, CA

    Nah. Let's be honest, here. No matter how boring or irritating it gets, most of us who watch cable politics are oddball quasi-intellectuals addicted to having such a noble excuse for our indolence and sloth.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  83. Mike - Pueblo, CO

    The process is akin to a real-life nation-wide board game. It could be called "Capture the White House." Lots of players come and go, the rules we thought we knew are altered as we go along, and no matter what, the losers, which will amount to about half of the nation, will be ticked off and promise revenge in the next grudge match! Blogs like this allows anyone like me to be a bit player in the game (thanks, Jack!). When you accept the process for the game it is, albeit high stakes for many, every twist and turn becomes an amusing diversion in our lives.

    – Mike

    July 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  84. Dan Rose from New Orleans

    Yes, indeed I am. And at the same time, it hits me upside the head that SO much is at stake with this election. The politics often trivialize just what's been going on in our country for the last 7+ years. As if it were merely a bowl game to prove who can play better football; the AFC, or the NFC. 'Change' better come quick, or I'm gonna suffocate in its' straightjacket!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  85. Rosie

    Yes I'm politiced out. We should have a shorter primary season, say 3 months. The general election should only be 1 month. I'm tired of the media pushing Obama down our throats. Find something else to report on.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  86. Greg in Cabot AR

    Why, Jack, do you plan to take a vacation?

    If everyone says NO, does that mean you can't go?

    We will get along just fine for a while if you want to take the family to see Mickey Mouse, visit some antique shops or maybe even take some night crawlers swimming in a farm pond.

    Just be sure to be back on the air prior to the National conventions, we need your analytic point of view....

    July 30, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  87. Kevin

    Jack, I'm willing to bet that not many people are even paying attention to politics right now. Their minds are focused on summer vacation, and things won't start to get serious until the conventions and debates. Right now it's just bickering back and forth between to two campaigns.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  88. james tilton


    July 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  89. Marie

    It's still less silly than wrestling.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  90. Jasmine in Germany

    Well, Jack, my husband is poiticked out with me. We live in Central Europe Time, so I read your blogs at dinnertime and I watch you on TV after midnight. I don't think he wants to share me with you anymore.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  91. Tom from Virginia

    Jack –

    I am sick of the lies from the Republicans.

    That is why I am spending my weekends working to elect Barack Obama, Mark Warner (US Senate) and Gerry Connolly (Congress).

    If you are sick of the lies, volunteer for change.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  92. Lynn - SD County CA

    I'm tired of the pot shots and all the spinning that goes on – but I still haven't heard enough about policy and intentions from the candidates; they either need to get the debates going or shut up until the formal nominations.

    July 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  93. Ron, Hood River Oregon

    I am tired of the Old Man, no not you Jack, McCain being characterized as a maverick, independent man of good judgment! This isn't the McCain of 2000, this is the McBush of 2008! He supported the Presidents every move, was against the new GI bill and continues to speak with a forked tongue! This is a Maverick? I don't think so!

    July 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  94. Mike Dalton

    Not this group. We wouldn't be reading your blog is we weren't iching to hear more dirt about the dirty dogs.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  95. Bryan KansasvCity, MO

    The presidential election in 2008 will be at an all time low for voter turnout.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  96. Cynthia

    No Jack I'm not. It will be interesting to see how many people will fall for all the garbage Senator McCain has been putting out lately. He has truly lost his bearings

    July 30, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  97. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Political coverage is the main event for me right now. Real football doesn't start until mid-September, I don't follow baseball, and the Olympics will be hidden by a thick cloud of smoke. So I continue to look to Coyote Cafferty for my entertainment.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  98. Dan, Chantilly VA

    I don't know what I'm more tired of; idiot politicians or the idiot voters who keep putting them in office.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  99. Aaron

    I was in March, but now im so numb to it, I cant even remember what real News is.

    Aaron, Carolina Beach NC

    July 30, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  100. Vanessa

    This is too exciting a time to get politicked out. This election cycle has actually invigorated my interest in politics. It has also shown me how far Blacks have come and at the same time how America is still holding itself back from true equality. I always felt it but seeing how Obama is treated and how Whites seem to be finding so many ways to justify not voting for him is such a reminder of how far we have to go. For example, when they call him arrogant I feel it is the new code word for "uppety n****r" that does not know his place".

    July 30, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  101. Heather- Kennesaw, GA

    I'm absolutely politicked out, but I can't seem to help myself. I keep watching anyway. I'm entering a Twelve Step program. I'll miss you, Jack.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  102. Julie from LA

    I'm "Republican-ed" out, Jack.

    Does that count?

    July 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  103. Trevor Phillips from Germany

    Not so long ago Wolf Blitzer Interviewed John McCain. Mr. McCain, spoke out very strongly that he could win the war. My question is:
    If he could win the war. How is it he ended up being a P.O.W in Vietnam.
    He was in a war, The Vietnam war which he and the American people lost)
    Does Mr. McCain have any credentials that shows he has won wars.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  104. JW Georgia

    You're right. Changing the channel. See you '012.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  105. Deb (Bow, NH)

    I'm interested in the candidates and their actual views.
    I'm not interested in mud-slinging, swiftboating and outright lies in sound-bites and commercials.
    I would be interested in some actual analysis from the media on the differences in policy positions between the two presumptive nominees, but apparently you guys are too busy for anything like that.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  106. D

    Jack, I'm a junkie. I am an Obama supporter and everyone I know even the McCain supporters believe their kitchen sink method will backfire. How can any American support more of the Bush years. Maybe it is just working folk and not the rich who want change. I would love to be able to pay for college for my son, heck I would love to pay all my bills on time, with a M.Ed and 53 hrs post grauate one would think I could, HA, I make less than $30,000 annualy and feel fortunate to have a job. IT'S THE ECONOMY, not youth, experience, race, religion or anything else.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  107. Karen, Idaho Falls Idaho

    Hi Jack,

    This never ending assault on the American public has been an enormous waste of everybody's time and money. Can you imagine how many good things could have been accomplished with the money spent to hype ALL of the President "want to be's". We could have a cure for Cancer, universal healthcare, no homeless people, no hungry people–the list goes on and on. I find it hard to accept the reality that we will have to keeps watching one of these people for the next 8 years after the election. Makes me want to cancel my cable subscription.

    July 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  108. Larry, Ohio


    July 30, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  109. Sid---Texas

    No. Not yet, but, I probably would be if I didn't have 150 other channels to switch to. Heaven help me if I ever lose the remote while stuck on a political speech. Of course, there is always the off switch on the TV set itself.....

    July 30, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  110. Mike - Elmira, NY

    As an upcoming first-time voter, I can't get enough. In fact, give me more.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  111. Joe

    I thought the campaign was interesting and actually somewhat focused on the positions of the candidates until the McCain negative ads of the past week. I am tired of the negativism already.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  112. J. Lee War

    Gosh yes.. I am so sick of the daily back and forth. To me, there is no contest. John McCain is too old and too yesterday to be elected president. I can only hope and pray the american people don't make a third mistake...remember 2000 and 2004.? Look what a great choice the american people made!!! Hopefully many of those who voted in those two elections will make the right choice this time.. OBAMA is the only choice... I hope and pray they will realize that........

    July 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  113. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    I'm tired of McCain. Whenever there is an interview with him, I change the channel. He is simply inarticulate and dull to the extreme. My prayer is that the majority of voters will feel the same when they enter the voting booth in November.

    On the other hand, Obama continues to energize me and gives me hope for our nation which has been floundering over the past eight years.

    That said, I do think the political race goes on WAY too long! The energy and money spent on it, not to mention the time away from the candidate's duties as elected officials, is a ridiculous waste.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  114. Jake from Texas


    July 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  115. Baze


    Almost. There's no sense to campaign anymore, because most people allying with McCain are either right wing fascists that could care less about nothing other than he's a white man, or rich pigs that want to maintain their tax havens so they can have countless prostitutes and martinis until they and their generations go out with the extinction of mankind.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  116. Chris, Denver

    Not even close, Bud!

    July 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  117. Jennifer Collins

    Jack: I'm not politicked out, but I am tired of the way the media disects every word that Obama utters, defends negative ads produced by McCain, and also gives McCain passes on all his gaffes. Why do you all continue to discuss a negative ad non-stop for days but never actually point out the untruths that they contain.

    I am still ticked off with Candy Crowley about her remark that Obama never gives a yes or no answer. What on earth is wrong with that. Don't you want someone to explain their answer. If someone answered yes or no to me when I asked a complex question I would like to know the reasoning.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  118. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Well, Jack. The media in general needs to accept some blame for this merciless bombardment of political junk-food. Although I wait breathlessly for the Cafferty File every day, I cringe at the mindless parade of inane sound bytes repeated non-stop.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  119. Kevin in Dallas

    Not yet. I'm still having too much fun watching party supporters make fools of themselves as they blindly spew hatred of one another.

    July 30, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  120. jason

    If by politics you mean the process by which the one who discourages the most of the opposition from voting wins – by namecalling and false accusations; yes, I'm tired of that.

    What I'm not tired of is a mature approach to relevant discussion – but how could I be tired of that which I have yet to see?

    July 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  121. Bitter in Trinity, Texas

    Jack, I'm a junkie on this stuff and I'm buying my candidate $25.00 at at time.....give'um hell Sen. Obama, GIVE'Um HELL!

    July 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  122. Joe St Louis, MO


    July 30, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  123. Janice, Illinois

    Yes, over a year ago.

    July 30, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  124. Larry in Tuscaloosa

    Yes. I seem to be experiencing nausea caused by over-exposure to the media epidemic known as OBAMA-LOVE. Don't get me wrong, I'm not some right-wing nut. I vote for the Kerry-Edwards ticket and Edwards is the only candidate that I have contributed to this cycle. However, I will never vote for Obama. The media and the left-wing nuts want him too badly.

    July 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  125. Pat in Hampstead , MD


    2 words. Hell Yes!

    Where are those swift boat adds? This race has gone soft.

    July 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  126. Jed in Texas

    Well yes Jack, Iam falling asleep knowing that both parties are shooting us up with hope-dope just to let us crash after the election is over and we have another four years of getting lumped up by the bar room bullies that will be in Office.

    July 30, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  127. Sam in San Francisco

    I may be young, idealistic and excited about November, but this election is already starting to burn me out. The nonstop chatter of talking heads parsing every sentence uttered by every candidate, right down to the level of grammatical correctness, is quite frankly getting me a little cranky and overwrought.

    If I die of a sudden heart attack at the age of 20, it's going to be because of this election.

    July 30, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  128. Peter Whiteley

    this has absolutely nothing to do with the question BUT
    How much is American airlines refunding to the people who paid for a contract (extra baggage fees) to have their bags delivered with them????

    July 30, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  129. Ian from Brooklyn, NY

    Hell NO. The more time we have to see McBush put his foot in his mouth; the better.

    July 30, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  130. William Herman

    Yes! I would like to suggest that the campaign be limited to ten months; First Tuesday in January to election day. With that limit in place maybe we won't be brain dead by November. Bill Petaluma, CA

    July 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  131. Carl in South Carolina

    It only seems like it has been 20 months now. Listlening to the candidates it seems like 20 years. Can't wait until football season, maybe that will give soon relief.

    July 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  132. Edward Watson, Central Islip. NY

    To answer your question Jack. I'm politicked, polisick, and I'm about to have a polifit and to tell the truth I'm going to poliquit until the next election oh did I say polipiss.

    July 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  133. Lenore Z.

    I am politicked out. I quit watching the news (cut down to about 10% of what I had been) when the Obama/Clinton match ended. I think it was the Hillary Clinton blitz that turned me off. Now, the only reason I haven't cancelled Cable is that I do want to watch the election night returns. I still sometimes catch you, Jack, but mostly I just read it on the net.
    News stopped being authentic several years back. Now it's totally Orwellian.

    July 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  134. Christine from Lee's Summit

    It's all a big yawn to me. I'm sick of hearing about it, but I don't find either candidate exciting or really ready to tackle our problems so it is hard for me to get passionate. Back to sleep I go.

    July 30, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  135. Jennifer - Iron Mountain MI

    Blah, Blah, Blah and it is only July!

    July 30, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  136. Paul in Ringwood, Illinois

    Not at all, Jack! This is a truly historic election, and I'm looking forward to hearing how this nation decides its future.

    Are we ready for a black president? Yes, we are. Are there people who are still going to vote against Obama because of his race? Yes, there are.

    Will a majority of us stand up and try to eliminate one more racial barrier for this country? Will we continue to build a "more perfect union?"

    Truly historic!

    July 30, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  137. Saul in Miami, FL

    I'm "politicked in", I'm “politicked out”, I'm "politicked coming out of my snout." I'm "politicked up", I'm "politicked down". I'm "politicked all over this town." I'm "politicked front", I'm "politicked back", so cut it out, I'm politicked Jack.

    Dr. Seuss

    July 30, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  138. Ms. White Baltimore, Md

    This is like any major sporting event. My Favorite game is football. We watch the regular season, debates and filler busters in the house and the senate, (AFC and NFC); then the playoff; (the primaries); then the Super Bowl; the general election.
    After all the media attention, the blogging and water cooler talk, what will I do after the ticker tape parade?

    July 30, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  139. Donald Heerdt

    Jack, no; I though this was a new language class. Look at all the new phrases weve learned during this election. Lets see, there's flip flop, pundits and oh yes, they're all supposed to start off their speeches with "my friends" even though they've never met them before and will never meet them again. This has been a great learning experience.

    Don Heerdt- Hallwood, VA

    July 30, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  140. William

    Not at all. Politics are an everyday fact of civilization and if you want to eliminate politics we can all go back to living by the rule of survival of the fittest (which is my preference). Since I want to continue to live I am not politicked out and I'm thinking about having my cemetary headstone say: Hardcore Conservative Lies Here and There's Nothing You Can Say To Change That Now.

    July 30, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  141. Rod

    You couldn't get more drama out of a daily soap opera. No way, I'd pay for front row seats at each and every "throw-down" debate.

    July 30, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  142. Ryan in Phoenix

    Doesn't help Jack that all you talk about is politics and Obama.. I'm not a McCain fan either but stop playing sides and lets talk about the environment, money issues, the stock market, foreclosures and what's being done about them.. you are not helping to ease our overpoliticized airwaves and webpages.

    July 30, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  143. Elle

    I find that McCain's ads and campaign seem far more negative than Obama's. To be comparing another U.S Senator to Paris Hilton-that's pretty petty and and a little childish. It makes McCain look mean spirited and not very presidential-especially when he said he would run an honorable campaign.

    July 30, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  144. O in NJ

    The only reason I'm politicked out is due to the negative, non-issue driven campaigning from the McCain camp. It would be refreshing to see some real attention going to the economic problems that face this country instead of the never-ending finger pointing coming from the GOP's presumptive candidate.

    July 30, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  145. Lee MN

    Yup..same old sleazy politics and spin. Where are the candidates running on their positives instead of running on criticizing others. So much already reminds me of the sleaze in the Bush campaigns. We had our JERK, we do not need another. Change Change Change You can see who comes out of the Bush mold..........

    July 30, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  146. Marie

    The Media isn't helping Obama, The general public can't stand being duped. I notice that they seem to be hiding Michele. If McCain gets his act together, he may have a chance

    July 30, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  147. Cory from Connecticut

    Somewhere at the beginning of this whole presidential race–about ten years ago it seems–I turned into a political heroin addict. I just couldn't get enough. I kicked the habit after Ron Paul dropped out of the race. I might as well face it. I'm addicted to liberty and the constitution. Wish I could say the same for the rest of America.

    July 30, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  148. Julie, Indiana

    No – but then I'm a sick puppy. I love getting upset about politics. I have a good life, with a great husband and nothing much of substance to complain about. So this is it for me. Keep it coming!!

    July 30, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  149. Steven Davidi

    I am tired of candidates promising so much before the election but nothing changes once they are elected. I guess the erosion of my trust in the government has begun long before this election, but this time with the young energetic Obama as a candidate gives me new hope that maybe, only maybe, he will do as he promises.

    July 30, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  150. Billy (Monroe La)

    Jack I would listen to you talk about the seasonal growth of grass, but I don't know how much more of this I can take! No more politics!I stopped caring when Clinton bowed out! There is nothing they can say that would change the way I feel! Jack for president!

    July 30, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  151. B Wingler

    Jack, I was "politicked out" months ago.....I really wish there was someone running I felt good about voting for...as it stands now, when I go into the voting booth this fall I may end up voting for someone who isn't associated with either of the major parties.

    July 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  152. Ed Hill

    Yes, yes, yes!! Common sense says that this campaign has gone on too long! But who pays attention to common sense? What significant company could survive with the top man having only 134 days of experience relating to what they do? Yet, that is exactly what the strongest nation in the world is encouraged to do by almost all the media groups......

    July 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  153. S.E. in L.A.


    I suppose the bigger question is are you?

    July 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  154. Brad Dalton, GA

    No. The fact that we are in a free country and are blessed with the opportunity to choose our government officials should suffice to encourage every citizen to be as informed as possible. Picking the right combination of officials seems to be more difficult than picking the right lottery numbers unfortunately. I would like to challenge every citizen of voting age to not only register to vote but also to challenge them to VOTE. This is the only way a person can expect to be truly represented. I'm sure that as our percentage rises in turnout, also our expectations would be fulfilled with results.

    July 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  155. Thomas from Niles, IL

    I think it is an obligation for citizens in our country to be actively involved with what is going on with this election. So no, I am not politicked out. I mean how dare people actually care about who is going to be the next commander and chief of our country? Really?...It is sad when you watch late night shows that ask who our current President or Vice President is, like them or not, and watch people not know their names! Is it asking to much to put even only 5 minutes of one's day towards events regarding what is going on in this country? I am sure the rerun of the Simpson's will be on again.

    July 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  156. Austin, KY


    We're in it to win it, McCain is going down.

    Obama 08

    July 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  157. Matthew

    No Jack! I am not politicked out, Actually I'm reved up and ready to go, I have never been so excited or energized about a presidental candidate before in my life like Barack Obama, Opra called him a genus, I was really curious as to what that ment about him, until I started listening and watching him, now I see what she ment by that statement. I can feel in my bones Jack, Obama is what we need, And to the GOP, (Please Step Aside) There's gonna be a new Sheriff in town. President Barack Obama. Matt/Queens NY

    July 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  158. Stacey, TX


    I just bought my airline ticket for Denver, that should tell you something.

    Obama 08

    July 30, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  159. Stone cynic

    If there wasn't any political jive happening would we still get to see Suzanne Malveaux?

    July 30, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  160. Gregg Davis El Paso TX

    I was poloticked out months ago. As soon as "McBush" was picked for the GOP (poor guy.. he drew the short straw), I all but tuned out. I will tune back in for the VP picks.. then tune out until I cast my ballot. Most people, like me, have already made up their mind. We switch to baseball or Judge Judy when the news comes on.

    July 30, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  161. Jacqueline Mongeot

    yes and no. Yes: indeed it has been too long and this should never happen again – 8 months campaigning should suffice, the primaries should be all done within 2 months, there should be a cap on the donations, contributions inmoney as what has been spent -and it is not over- is obscene and could be used in a more intellignet manner.
    No, because I am anxious to know what is going to happen,
    Salut Jacques.
    Jacqueline, San Diego, CA

    July 30, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  162. Drew from Green Bay, WI

    I'm definetly getting politicked out. I think a lot of people are. These candidates' best bets are to spend as little money as possible right now, because people just aren't listening. That's why it was so smart for Obama to opt out of campaign financing. Right now he's saving up while McCain spends everything. Later, when people are listening, Obama will be saving his spent money and McCain will be limited to his $85 million.

    Obama/Hagel '08!

    July 30, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  163. New beginning


    Ask yourself, when was the last time an election peaked this much interest in the electorate? People are energized. Seniors went out and purchased computers so they can blog. 18 year olds are registering and voting. 20 somethings are stumping for candidates. Baby boomers are engaged and the Y generation are asking why for both candidates policies and positions as it pertains to them and their future. No, no one should be tired of this election process because our future is hinged on it's outcome.

    No, keep it coming. The more "truthful information the better. But, please, whisper in the republican presumptive nominee's ear that Americans are tired of dirty politics. We have had 7 years of that already. It's getting old and doesn't make him Presidential whatsoever.

    July 30, 2008 at 6:26 pm |