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Monday, October 13, 2008

Dead Man Campaigning

posted by on October 13 at 9:18 AM

A “struggling” McCain fights back with a new speech—and Drudge, says Sullivan, is “falling in line,” pumping up an outlier poll that shows McCain gaining a little ground. But if Drudge were trying to revive McCain’s fortunes, why is he using this photograph?


That has to be the worst picture I’ve ever seen of John McCain—next to this one, of course. Your BFF looks positively cadaverous there, Matt, and I’m not sure that helps.

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I think the second one is better. The blood brings out his red eyes.

Posted by Leslie N. | October 13, 2008 9:23 AM

Basically, all official photos of John McCain are designed to make him look younger, like his late sixties, say. Look how fresh he is, with the impish grin.

Posted by Fnarf | October 13, 2008 9:27 AM

(via Gawker)

Posted by Gawkerer | October 13, 2008 9:38 AM

It appeals to McCain's *base* - i.e. be-jowled racist septegenerian batshit-crazy evangelicals.

Posted by kinaidos | October 13, 2008 9:46 AM

Believe it or not, Gawkerer, I sometimes make it to Drudge all by lonesome in the AM. And I'm not shy about linking to Gawker when it does direct me to something ( But thanks for keeping us honest.

Posted by Dan Savage | October 13, 2008 9:50 AM

Well, he is an extremely old man, o.k.? I mean, how good would you look after having cancer oh, say, many times? Those glands don't look good either. I'd have a Dr. look at those. Poor, old guy.

Posted by Vince | October 13, 2008 10:10 AM

I see him now and all I hear is The Penguin.

Posted by monkey | October 13, 2008 10:14 AM

OK, is it just me, or does anyone else see a resemblance here?

Posted by Stephen | October 13, 2008 10:15 AM

No no no... Drudge can't be McCain's BFF. Lieberman is McCain's BFF. Unless Lieberman has been promoted to closet boyfriend, in which case I guess the position is open...

Posted by Spender | October 13, 2008 10:22 AM

Actually @3, this is via fivethirtyeight, which mentioned it late last night.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | October 13, 2008 10:23 AM
Posted by rain | October 13, 2008 10:28 AM

doesn't "ready for come back" and "ready for comeback" mean two very different things?

Posted by Postum | October 13, 2008 10:28 AM

Occurs to me that really old people start to look alike... Kinda like young children do.

I hate to insult my dead dad, but he looked like McCain in the weeks before he gave up the spirit.

Posted by Ayden/VA | October 13, 2008 10:59 AM

He looks more like Don Rickles every day.

Posted by rob | October 13, 2008 11:04 AM

Poor Don Rickles.

Posted by rlv | October 13, 2008 11:41 AM

can't polish a turd. the camera doesn't lie.

Posted by robo | October 13, 2008 11:55 AM

Wow 1 or 2 percentage gains. Big whoop. McCain is just going to keep trying lame-ass stunt after stunt till he gets whooped by Barack "That one" Obama.

Posted by LST | October 13, 2008 4:16 PM

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