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McCain in New Hampshire!

January 9, 2008

Congratulations to Senator McCain on his win in NH last night. As with any post on this blog regarding politics, if you disagree that’s cool, if you agree that’s even cooler. Please don’t post links to ‘opinions’ or ‘facts’ you’ve read about someone online, just post opinions without F bombs and we can discuss.

 If you aren’t sure, and you care, I would implore you to listen to him, see him, hear him in person. You may not agree with some of his stances, or his platform, but he’s one of the few men, people, in this race that you can bank on the fact you get what you see. His integrity and honesty is sorely needed to help lead this country in my opinion and I am proud as hell to call him a friend and I hope I can call him the President of the United States very soon.

It’s refreshing to see the amount of younger kids so heavily involved in this upcoming election and politics, as someone who wasted many years of voting eligibility to apathy, it’s great to see. It appears to me, in my opinion anyway, that the two people I feel like I can trust the most, that care the most, and that make me believe in them the most, are Senator Obama and Senator McCain. I am hopeful that will be the choice we all have to make in 12 months or so.

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  1. steve74 permalink
    January 9, 2008 10:49 pm

    Hi Curt,

    I’m glad last night went well for you and your candidate. I know how happy you must be because I’m equally happy for very different reasons. I’ll repost here what I wrote late last night in your earlier thread “McCain in 08.”

    Congratulations on your candidate winning last night, Curt. I know that you must be ecstatic right now. McCain definitely delivered an impressive comeback. We’ll have to see what happens next. My guess is that McCain, Huckabee, and Romney will all compete in Michigan and I think that whoever wins there will have an advantage heading into Super Tuesday (for a very complicated set of reasons pertaining to what happens in SC, NV and FL as a result).

    Not that I’ll be voting on the GOP side. I’m a Democrat who is thrilled beyond belief tonight. Hillary was written off for dead. She had five days of the most nasty, mean-spirited, disgusting coverage that I have ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot). In the end the voters of New Hampshire had other ideas. God bless them. I can’t remember the last time I was so elated.

    I’d appreciate conservatives not leaving hateful comments in response to what I wrote, I don’t think that’s neccesary. And the same goes for liberals concerning the GOP race–there’s no need to be angry and condescending. This blog is supposed to be a fun place for all of us.

    It’s been a little less then 24 hours since I wrote that. And I’m still ecstatic. This is one of the most shocking upsets in political history–entering Dewey and Truman territory. Nobody saw this coming. The British bookmakers had her as a 100 to 1 underdog on Primary Day.

    And, again, what John McCain did was remarkable. He was also written off just a few months ago. His supporters can be proud today–he demonstrated incredible resiliance and resolve. I wouldn’t vote for him but I do respect him.

    You know….I think the real winners are the voters of New Hampshire. I think they proved that they deserve to hold the first primary. They take it seriously, they know the issues well and they don’t let anyone tell them who they are expected to vote for.


  2. carms1979 permalink
    January 9, 2008 11:01 pm

    Hello Curt,

    I am so happy for Senator McCain, I strongly believe in him, but I know our victory will depend on the “change of heart” of many people. Please vote AMERICA!!!

  3. ibmichaud permalink
    January 9, 2008 11:08 pm

    Completely off topic here but next time your in SF woud you be interested in a visit to UCSF childrens hospital? I know its Giants country here but the kids come from all over and love haveing vistors. If so drop me a line and Ill give you more details, my employee union sends groups there every month to vist the kids for about an hour or so.

  4. steve74 permalink
    January 9, 2008 11:09 pm

    Oh, and here’s an interesting fact of history: last night John McCain became the first Republican, who wasn’t the sitting President or Vice-President for one of the elections, to win the New Hampshire Primary TWICE.

    On the Democratic side NH was won in 1952 and 1956 by Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver. But that was before the Primary became as big of a deal as it is today. Back then the nominees were picked by party officials at the conventions.

    Bob Dole did the same in Iowa, winning it in 1988 and again in 1996.


  5. timwopel permalink
    January 9, 2008 11:10 pm

    Love him, hate him, whatever, but you HAVE to respect a man that has given what he has for his country.
    He is a rare person. A true American hero.
    There are few people that are worthy of being in awe of. He is certainly one of them.
    I urge everyone to read about this guys life. Truly inspiring.

  6. January 9, 2008 11:29 pm

    Congrats, Curt. McCain has been your guy for a while, and this was a bit of an upset. Congratulations, and enjoy.

    I don’t like the idea of invading Iran. Also, I think torture is bad. And that the surge, despite reducing American fatalities, hasn’t brought us nearer any strategic goals in Iraq. McCain was once a hero of mine. But being right about important things is more important than hero worship. So I won’t vote for him.

    That said, enjoy the victory. It was a surprise, and the result of a lot of hard work.

  7. mrsteve444 permalink
    January 9, 2008 11:47 pm

    Curt, I respect you a great deal and happen to agree with your position on John McCain. You are also my favorite Red Sox and, in my opinion, a strong and amazing human being. However, to include Senator Obama as one of the candidates you believe in is unfortunate. The man stands for absolutely nothing. In his term in Congress, he has made a habit of abstaining, in my opinion, to avoid having a negative record that can be recalled a later date in political attacks. The man’s philosophy is CHANGE, but I have yet to hear what it is he would like to change. The man seems to want to give more jobs and rights to illegals, implement a universal healthcare system that has consitently failed in locations around the world, and prematurely remove troops from Iraq. I believe that the American people are wowed by his stage presence and his eloquence, but that this is a falsehood. There is no arguing how dynamic the man is, but he stands for nothing, and in my opinion, does not deserve your respect or backing. You are far better than that. Hope all goes well this winter with your training and good luck in spring training. I’d love to talk more with you about this if you find the time. Go McCain.

  8. dodgersangelsfan permalink
    January 9, 2008 11:59 pm

    I echo your comments about McCain. He’s a straight shooter who has a high amount of guts, integrity and passion for public service. His courage in Vietnam should have been enough to win him the election in 2000. Then again, the electorate usually lets style win over substance, hence Clinton in 1992 and 2000 and Dubya in 2000 and 2004. It would be extremely nice to have a McCain-Obama ticket this year. Too bad they’re in opposite parties.

  9. goldfalcon51 permalink
    January 10, 2008 12:00 am

    Sen. McCain has shown, in politics, the same amount of persistence it took to survive his years as a POW. Everytime he runs I start out for somebody else and in the end lean toward him. This time Im not there yet but it’s still early. What leaned me to him before was the questioning of his patriotism – and I may disagree with some issues about him but never his patriotism. He is a Great American.

  10. millertime333 permalink
    January 10, 2008 12:02 am


    Congrats on your choice. My only hope is for once we can get through an election without so many negative barbs back and forth. It disintresting when two canidates snip back and forth like 10 year olds. As did McCain and Romney did during the last debate.

    The greatest thing about this election is, that at least any of these serious canidates will be better suited in the oval office than our current sittuation.

  11. goldfalcon51 permalink
    January 10, 2008 12:05 am

    Good book with some references to Sen McCain (and many others) while a POW – Book is “P.O.W.” by John G. Hubbell. If you cant find it let me know and I’ll send you my copy (without autograph).

  12. ziggadood permalink
    January 10, 2008 12:23 am

    Couldn’t agree more about McCain and Obama. There hasn’t been two major candidates from each party that I would vote for in my short voting history, but I was sort of surprised and very happy to see McCain run away with the primary in New Hampshire. It was discouraging to see Obama lose to Hilary, but he is going to bounce back nicely.

    Love your stuff, Curt. Keep it up.

  13. January 10, 2008 12:53 am

    As a former US Army soldier I can say without any hesitation that John McCain is by far the best candidate for me. He, if elected, will not remove troops from Iraq prematurely like many Democratic candidates are discussing. He will allow the troops to do the job they were brought there for and not let any of the losses we have sustained in this great country be for nothing.

    Also I can say his ideas to aid in the cost of self-employed, and those without health insurance by offering tax deduction increases for health care costs would be paramount, especially in the current state of the economy.

    His integrity is the best of the candidates I have seen and although I do disagree with his stance on the amnesty bill, he doesn’t make excuses for what he believes in. He just believes, and that is a very admirable trait in anyone, but especially a politician.

    I hope his success in NH carries him forward to win the party nomination in the coming weeks. I agree with you on this Curt, John McCain is a great man and truly understands the meaning of words like patriotism, understands the knowledge of the loss of freedom, and what it is like to regain it. He understands liberty, and most of all he seems to understand honesty. Not always saying what someone wants to hear, but giving realistic, viable options to solving some of Americas biggest problems. He is a great man…….now if he can just institute a national weight clause that gives residents an extra 2 million…..haha.

    We’ll see you in Ft. Myers in March my friend…….enjoying the short amount of time off you still have with your family, and all the best this year for the Sox.

    Brian, Sarah & Teagan Sparhawk

  14. January 10, 2008 12:55 am

    I agree that McCain seems to be the most genuine candidate in the race. I don’t agree with all of his stances, but of the front-runners he is the one that I trust the most to be honest about what he intends to accomplish once he is elected.

  15. sdl1 permalink
    January 10, 2008 1:38 am

    Hi Curt…

    The thing about McCain that I don’t like is that he’s basically a flip-flopper. Go back to 2000 and you’ll recall that on behalf of Bush, Karl Rove was spreading the rumors in the Southern states that McCain was involved with a black woman. A few years later in 2004, McCain, after flirting with the idea of becoming Kerry’s VP candidate (interesting bi-partisan ticket if it ever had happened) McCain instead starts kissing Bush’s shoes and the same with Jerry Falwell, who had also blasted McCain. That showed me that McCain could not be trusted…it’s one thing to support somebody who you may disagree with politically in the general election, but somebody who attacks your personal life the way Rove and Bush did…sorry, but if you support them after they crossed a certain line…then I can’t respect that.

    I will most likely support Brian Moore of the Socialist party. I know he will not win, but Eugene V. Debs had a saying: “It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you do not want and get it.”

    Thanks Curt for letting me put in my .02 here and I hope you and Shonda and the kids had a safe and Happy New Year.

  16. pwinslow9819 permalink
    January 10, 2008 2:31 am

    you’ve lived in Mass too long, showing support for a liberal like that.

  17. joemattern permalink
    January 10, 2008 4:27 am

    I like McCain also, but didn’t you support Bush in the last election? He’s been terrible.

  18. gsullohio permalink
    January 10, 2008 4:45 am

    I am a huge Obama supporter (best US public speaker since the JFK/RFK/MLK era), but if I had to vote for a Republican it would be McCain, for one main reason — he is obviously an honest person, one of very few in the whole field
    of politics. I have respect for some of the other candidates (ie Biden, intellectually, and Kucinich, who is honest if a little nutty). I am also impressed by McCain’s service to his country — five years as a POW is an incredible thing to suruive, much less overcome, much less become a US Senator. Of course, it still drives me nuts that supporters of draft-dodger Bush (yes, I feel having Daddy get you a cushy job you don’t even show up for is dodging) managed to attack Kerry, an actual war hero, ON HIS WAR RECORD!!!! Some people have no shame. This was probably masterminded by the same guy (Karl Rove) who scuttled McCain in 2000 by spreading the rumors that he had an illegitimate mixed-race child. Rove “retired” just in time to wait and see who’s on top for the GOP, then take a job with their campaign. Another reason I want to see McCain win is that he would never work with Rove.

    Anyhow, Curt, I don’t always agree with your opinions but you have every right to express them. I pretty much always agree with your fastball — keep throwing for the Sox.

  19. nh4ronpaul permalink
    January 10, 2008 6:41 am

    How could anyone in NH have chosen such raging Trotskyites as McCain and Clinton?
    Liberal establishment candidate, war-mongerer, and ill-tempered veteran-with-an-axe-to-grind John McCain won the GOP primary in NH after the sheeple dutifully went to the polls in obedience to the many controlled-media newspapers who endorsed him.
    McCain has been the defacto proponent of open borders, and supports government control over the internet and your ability to finance campaigns. He has stated he is in support of the ICC in violation of our US Constitution, subjugating our US sovereignty to international law. He is no Republican, no conservative, and definitely not a patriot.
    Oh how the CFR must love it.
    But the worst thing is, he’s stated that he doesn’t care if we stay 100 more years in Iraq? Al Qaeda has already noted this in their training manuals.

    I weep for NH, really.
    I don’t want this mentally unstable man with his finger on the button!
    Curt you need to research candidates more before you endorse them.

  20. theillien permalink
    January 10, 2008 6:50 am

    I’m in agreement with you in that McCain is one of the more trustworthy public workers. However, despite your acknowledgment of Obama, I think it would only be fair to congratulate Clinton as well considering she also one that primary. Regardless of your opinion of her or her platform. It’s the sporting thing to do. That’s not an endorsement of her as I have yet to figure out who I will be voting for just a gentlemanly observation.

    Your comment about there being more younger citizens getting involved skirts the issue which is WHY they are getting involved. It’s sad to think that we, as a country, needed Bush’s incompetencies to catalyze the younger generation into a concerned, voting public. I can only hope that whoever is chosen reverses many of the policies he fought to implement and sets the nation back on course for the future instead of the path we’re on toward the ignorance of the past.

  21. cayna permalink
    January 10, 2008 8:24 am

    congratulations to senator McCain and senator Clinton. I agree with you that McCain in an honest and upfront guy I wish that he was not with the “wrong” party. I still have more time to research our candidates to make an informed decision but at this moment, as much as I like McCain, my vote is still with Senator Clinton. I honestly think that this country needs a switch in parties, however, I will continue to watch,look and listen until Feb. 5th. Curt please keep up the good work I very much enjoy your blog and your opinions wether I agree with them or not.

  22. depsean permalink
    January 10, 2008 9:52 am

    HOO-YAH McCain!!!! Unfortunately I will be in Boot Camp for my state’s primary.

  23. syphax permalink
    January 10, 2008 10:19 am

    General note: When I see the word “sheeple,” I tune out. Insulting the audience that you are trying to reach is not an effective approach, Mr. smarty-pants libertarian. Oops, I just broke my own rule.

    I have a lot of respect for Ron Paul, who’s shown that he’s principled and not owned by anyone, but I think he’s way too much of an ideologue to be President. We’ve had eight years of a another blind ideologue (much different ideology, of course) and it hasn’t worked out so well.

    Anyway, I find McCain the least objectionable Republican candidate out there. I respect his views on the environment and on torture (how can pro-torture Republicans ignore McCain on this one)? He’s got warts, but I can live with them.

    But what this country needs most now is inspiration and someone who can communicate to the American people. I am not a huge Reagan fan, but I appreciate some of his achievements, and think it was his leadership and ability to communicate that served him best. Obama has similar strengths (with a much different outlook and style, of course).

  24. beenthereb4 permalink
    January 10, 2008 10:40 am


    I agree with a couple of the commenters here.

    People forget things about McCain that if he were a CEO of a company, he would be questioned by the Board of Directors:

    — He was embroiled in the whole S&L crisis. (Forgot about that? Read it in the Internet….Not Good!)
    — He is a flip-flopper when it comes to ROE v. WADE
    — Asked about possible action versus Iran, he made a sing-song response of “bomb, bomb Iran” (this from a future world leader?? That’s something Kim Jong-Il of North Korea would say)
    — He openly called his Vietnamese captors “gooks”
    — Telling John Murtha (himself a decorated Veteran, Democrat) to “get a life” when McCain commented about putting an IED (bomb) under Jon Stewart’s desk and Murtha said that the comment is insensitive.
    — the “McCain-Feingold” reform, which is to curb soft money into campaigns had a bunch of loopholes. (Yeah, real reform)


    But it ends there…….McCain, THE POLITICIAN, is totally another individual.


  25. theotherm permalink
    January 10, 2008 11:46 am

    Being from NH, the excitement level was off the charts for a change! Nice to see so many interested, passionate voters. People tend to think our state isn’t big, diversified or relevant enough…judging by the results and the media coverage, that didn’t seem to matter, all I know is that I’m proud to be an American and being able to be part of this amazing process!

  26. captmorg permalink
    January 10, 2008 1:56 pm

    Joh McCain is a great guy, I hope has what it takes to go all the way!!

  27. vimalkalyan permalink
    January 10, 2008 2:06 pm

    While i do agree about the credentials of McCain as a soldier & politician, i dread the day when he becomes US President as he is going to de-stabilize the entire South Asian region.

    His (& probably most US presidents & politicians) vow to continue supporting Musharraf is the biggest hypocritic stance that is hurting the entire world. If US Presidents & politicians (esp. Republicans) are so keen to see democracy spread across Islamic countries, why not start with Pakistan – Can US remove Musharaf and ensure a democractic leadership uses the $2+bn a year fee to fight against Al-Qaeda rather than Indian army?

    Instead we have McCain claiming “friendship” with Musharaf – a dictactor without comparison including Saddam Hussein, who has eliminated many a political & social opponents incl. judicial & political leaders (Musharaf approved operation that killed senior tribal leaders and seperationist faction leaders). Pakistan is the hotbed of international terrorism and Musharraf is indirectly helping the growth of this virus & no US presidential candidate incl someone of the stature of McCain has a clear policy to address the situation.

    Whosoever becomes the US president, the future of world peace has never been more frail …

  28. diehardsoxfan permalink
    January 10, 2008 2:25 pm

    Congratulations Curt. We were also hoping McCain pulled it out. I find it refreshing you are brave enough to be “out there” on your views in politics. Some think it isn’t the place for athletes — but I like it; for years we have had to listen to the block of “voters” known as celebraties who don’t think twice about using their fame to voice their opinion whether it was asked for or not. For some reason that is okay, but when someone who is famous comes out for a member of the GOP they are slammed. About time everyone in this country put away the political labels and started working together. I know it will never happen — but a McCain/Obama ticket might be nice! Hope to see the 2007 Sox here in Washington soon to visit with the President — let us know if any dates for that are in the works.

  29. bdpdcded permalink
    January 10, 2008 9:32 pm

    Curt – from recent posts, I get a picture of you politically and personally… What do you think about saving the world? Sports (and politics, entertainment, etc) could conceivably save the world or at least America… There are many athletes and others out there who contribute a great deal of money and time to specific charities or their own causes, etc. What if they centralized it and created larger scale social resources? Whaddya think? What we are lacking is a leader, an organizer, or at the very least an agitator (all of which I think you’d be good at). Throw the challenge out there to the masses of the sports world, see what happens. I have lots of thoughts on this and am looking for someone with some clout to help…

  30. sully64 permalink
    January 10, 2008 10:52 pm

    Hi Curt;

    Well what can I say that I didn’t already say in my post (152) of the McCain 08 blog. I will say this, when Ike was leaving after his second term he said that the communists were not the biggest threat to America’s freedoms and liberties, but that the military industrial complex of the United States was. So true, for these people make their living from war and the death of millions over a long period of time. I mean really look at the whole nukes race, what a scam of our tax dollars. No-one makes $$ using nukes, but they made countless $$ building them, and convincing us that we should hide under our school desks for protection should the attack come during a weekday. LOL!! Yeah that would have helped. And no truly Christian person can say they support what has happend over the past 50 years with regards to what OUR government has become. This is OUR country,not the democrats and not the republicans, it’s ours and they have taken it from us. It’s wrong and it’s sickening and it’s only getting worse. For Hillary to say there is no need for lobby reform, just shows how evil she is. And this war in Iraq!!! What a misuse of intel at the cost of American lives, it is criminal. Most of the hijackers were Saudis but Saudi Arabia has not answered any ???’s about that. Gee I wonder why? And these private security companies as well as Haliburton are robbing the American people blind. We can vote all we want but it doesn’t help. Can anyone tell me when an election has resulted in this country getting better in the past 40 years. If your a weapons manufacturer or a pharmaceuticals company or an oil company then you get to sit in the oval office and talk to the president. All the rest of us…..we get to vote. So Curt if your the Christian that you say you are then how can you support any of this lie. And please understand that this is not a personal attack on you. I write this with no animosity whatsoever, I’m just wondering how you can do that and not feel like a hyprocrite when you pray. As always God bless you and yours and God bless this world.


  31. sdl1 permalink
    January 11, 2008 12:26 pm

    >>on 10 Jan 2008 at 9:52 am22 depsean
    HOO-YAH McCain!!!! Unfortunately I will be in Boot Camp for my state’s primary.<<

    Can’t you get an absentee ballot so you can still cast your vote?

  32. djspongeworthy permalink
    January 11, 2008 2:10 pm

    The only challenge of note – Senators don’t often reach the Presidency:

    There have only been TWO US Senators that have ever moved directly into the White House from their current posts. [Harding and Kennedy – both in the 20th century].

    There been only 15 out of 43 to be a Senator prior to being elected President; 7 of these in the 20th century although 3 in the “modern” (aka television) era.

    Why? Because Governors are executives and so are Presidents but Senators are legislators and unfortunately their voting records often condemn them to being too polarized to garner enough votes; i.e. not centrist enough for the swing vote.

    In this campaign, there is a decidedly higher chance simply due to the front-runners from both parties being Senators. [Note – whether she cries again or not, Billary is unelectable.]

    The list…


    James Monroe
    Senator, 1790-1794
    President, 1817-1825

    John Quincy Adams
    Senator, 1803-1808
    President, 1825-1829

    Andrew Jackson
    Senator, 1797-1798; 1823-1825
    President, 1829-1837

    Martin Van Buren
    Senator, 1821-1828
    President, 1837-1841

    William Henry Harrison
    Senator, 1825-1828
    President, 1841

    John Tyler
    Senator, 1827-1836
    President, 1841-1845

    Franklin Pierce
    Senator, 1837-1842
    President, 1853-1857

    James Buchanan
    Senator, 1834-1845
    President, 1857-1861

    Andrew Johnson
    Senator, 1857-1862; 1875
    President, 1865-1869

    Benjamin Harrison
    Senator, 1881-1887
    President, 1889-1893

    Warren G. Harding
    Senator, 1915-1921
    President, 1921-1923

    Harry S. Truman
    Senator, 1935-1945
    President, 1945-1953

    John F. Kennedy
    Senator, 1953-1960
    President, 1961-1963

    Lyndon B. Johnson
    Senator, 1949-1961
    President, 1963-1969

    Richard M. Nixon
    Senator, 1950-1953
    President, 1969-1974

  33. steveinphilly permalink
    January 11, 2008 2:37 pm

    McCain’s been in this position before. He won new Hampshire in 2000. Then Karl Rove organized a group of “push-pollsters” to call people and ask if their opinion about McCain would change if they knew he had a “black baby.” And, voila, suddenly Bush won South Carolina instead of McCain.

    Fool them once, shame on you; fool them twice, shame on them. Well, who’s Rove advising this time around? It wouldn’t surprise me to see a “shame on them” scenario. And it will make me sad for McCain.

    I’m unlikely to vote for a Republican anyway, but McCain seems like he wouldn’t be a total disaster as President.* I don’t like the way he sidled up to Jerry Falwell after earlier calling him out (correctly in my opinion) as an agent of intolerance. I don’t like the way he is the candidate who has supported Bush wholeheartedly and who isn’t calling for change. (And if he is, then he has flip-flopped, because not that long ago the President could do no wrong in his eyes.)

    John McCain 2000 I definitely could have voted for. John McCain 2008 has a bit too much Mitt Romney (e.g. slick politician) in him for my tastes.

    Mike Huckabee, on the other hand, is the Republicans’ worst nightmare as nominee. Unlike most Republican candidates, he actually sides with Jesus on most issues–e.g., helping the poor over helping business. Yeah, the Rebublicans tell the Christian Conservatives that they support Jesus’s positions, but the Lord wasn’t a member of the Club For Growth, wasn’t in favor of the death penalty (see, e.g., the adultress who was about to be stoned), wasn;t a flat-taxer, etc., etc. He told people to give away their possessions, not to fight to overturn the estate tax. (Don’t forget, Karl Rove is either an atheist or, at the very least, self-admittedly, “not a person of faith.”) Anyway, if Huckabee gets the nomination…well, the establishment won’t let that happen. No doubt the push-pollsters are getting their scripts together. Hopefully Huckabee doesn’t have a “black baby” like McCain. All that said, I can imagine voting for Huckabee–the best Republican of the bunch, in my opinion.

    But I’m with you, Curt, to the extent that you believe that Barack Obama would make an acceptable president. What we need at this time more than anything is a renewal of America, and Obama would do that, as would Huckabee. As would John McCain have done in 2000.

    Steve F.
    Philadelphia, PA

    *I certainly give him his props as a war hero ad think that we need more Americans like him. I just don’t know that I think he’ll do as President.

  34. bigbrownpit permalink
    January 11, 2008 2:40 pm

    Hey Curt,
    First I would like to say thank you for another great year and wish you all the best in the up coming season, lets hope for another pennant and more WS rings. I agree with your opinion about McCain, not knowing him personally like you do I have always felt that he is one of the most upfront politicians in the game. I will be voting Obama, but my second would be McCain. I was pleasantly surprised that you backed McCain, not knowing you and not talking politics with you I thought you would support someone more GOPish. But republican or not McCain is a stand up guy, from what I’ve seen. Hey maybe McCain can be Obama’s VP, what do you think. Best wishes to you and your family.

  35. dru227 permalink
    January 11, 2008 3:44 pm

    Hello Curt,

    Just Wanted to say hello & i agree with you some what on John McCain & I also feel we need someone who will be there for us The American people someone who will take care of us at home first & as it stands right now i really have not seen anyone willing to do so we worry about other countries & what is going on with them when we have alot of work that needs to be done here first like helthcare schools & many many other things we care to much about others & i havent seen anyone taking care of us first so where it stands i dont feel any canidate who is running is worth my vote it sure wont go towards Hillary Nor Obama they have the words to get the votes but if either of them become president then ill be leaveing the us & moving to canada because there not dealing with the issues here at home we need to put us first & the rest of them in the backseat why is it that americans here cannot get helthcare they need but immagrents from other countries can come here get everything they need there is an unbalance and its unfair to the american voters youth & every american anyone can say they will do this & that but untill its done i feel like im an immagrent in my own country

  36. apizzi permalink
    January 11, 2008 7:49 pm

    Mr. Schilling:

    While I respect your choice for President and your reasons for supporting him, I am a little tired of getting lectured about who is honest and has integrity. Considering you believe the current President is a man of principle, I seriously question your judgment in this regard.

    As for Senator McCain, his honesty and integrity can be questioned when he makes assertions that surge is working, yet those statements are not supported by the facts or evidence. Since none of the benchmarks set by this Administration regarding the surge have been met, then one has the right to question the honesty, credibility and integrity of anyone who makes such a statement.

    Also, while I don’t questions Senator McCain’s patriotism or service to his country, unlike those on your side of the political spectrum who questioned the patriotism and service of Senator Kerry in 2004, I have every right to question his judgment and his values (including honesty) and come to my own decision as to whether Senator McCain has them.

  37. erock1515 permalink
    January 11, 2008 9:40 pm

    Hey Curt, I have never responded to any of your blogs before but I seriously love them. I’m a 23 year old who absolutely loves reading this so keep it up. I love all the baseball insight. I’m a guy that played ball at a high level in high school and played a little in college but wasn’t good enough to move on to the next step but I never really got scouted so we will never know. Anyway I love that you talk politics on here as well as your game. I really respect you and hope that you stay around Boston when your career is over (I would love to see you as the third host on D&C in the morning, even if you showed up at 8 instead of 6, to me that would be the Greatest morning radio ever in the history of the world and i would listen to that every day.
    Anyway my comment has to do with being objective, obviously you love McCain. If I were a republican he would have my vote but I’m and independent and I love Obama. My question is what your thoughts are on Obama in this race and if McCain didn’t win the nomination and Obama did would you like him. I don’t know which side you lean on other than I know you are probably more independent than anything. Good luck this year and thank you for all you have done for the community.

  38. tbundro1277 permalink
    January 12, 2008 12:55 am

    Do you realize that if McCain wins the presidency we will all be forced to learn how to speak Spanish, since McCain is for open borders! He is against deporting illegals, so therefore i’m against McCain!

  39. tbundro1277 permalink
    January 12, 2008 1:03 am

    Who cares if McCain is a straight shooter. Bush is a straight shooter too and only 22 percent of americans still view him favorably. I want some integrity in the white house, thats why i’m voting for John Edwards. Edwards never took a single penny from Washington Lobbyists! Bush and McCain are both well known for taking money from Oil Companies and Walmart Executives!

  40. whaleman permalink
    January 12, 2008 3:10 pm

    Curt what would you think about a McCain/Lieberman ticket?

  41. phil3468 permalink
    January 13, 2008 8:25 am

    Hi Curt,
    I was reading your comments on John McCain this morning at the same time I was looking at the NY Times, and saw an article there about what right and wrong are. Because of your interest in this subject — which I think you make clear with your politics — I thought you’d get a kick out of the article; yeah, it’s written by a Harvard professor, but his ideas on what morality is are interesting despite his living in an academic bubble. Enjoy!

    Here’s the link; sorry it’s not clickable:

  42. rico145 permalink
    January 13, 2008 12:24 pm

    curt I’m really i can contact you because when had your injury, what did you do i broke my arm and its my pitching arm, but that was back in 06 and I’m still recovoring from my last injury. it must have stunk but you would be supprised at my age 10 yrs old and i pitch 51 52 but for you thats ugh woow! wow yay 50 mph big whoop! for me its ooowww!!!

  43. nhchris permalink
    January 13, 2008 5:40 pm

    If McCain wins the primary elections, I will hold my nose and vote for him in November — but there is a long way to go. I don’t care for McCains stand on immigration and how ANY Republican can work with a Kennedy on anything is totally unacceptable. I believe McCain won NH because the mostly liberal Independants voted him in. I supported Romney in NH and I believe that he will eventually get the nod — and a Romney / McCain ticket in November would be unbeatable.

  44. hammer11 permalink
    January 14, 2008 3:53 am

    To be completely honest, I live in Arizona Curt your old stopping grounds and McCain is beloved here and one hell of a canidate in my eyes as well…. But I also agree with what you say about Obama and how honest he comes across too. Personally I believe in Change ironically his slogan of his campain.


    I am sick and tired of people in politics not doing what is best for the country. The way it always seems to play out is if a (D) brings something to the house or congress to vote on the (R) vote it down just because of who brought it to the table and not the meat and potatoes of the issue or bill. Politicans are for the most part playing a game of who can get more dirt on the other guy and that is all they seem to care about. I feel like could go on and on and on and on and………….. Well I think all that read this get the point.

    Hammer OUT

  45. rickraff permalink
    January 14, 2008 9:56 am


    I respect John McCain as a true patriot and war hero. However, I believe that Hillary Clinton is best equipped to lead our country out of this current mess.
    I don’t expect you to understand how badly people are hurting in this country. Most US consumers are completely tapped, and have no savings, and have acquired a huge debt. Their homes are worth less than when they bough them… not a pretty site.

  46. jehb02 permalink
    January 14, 2008 11:34 am


    I do not usually write to these things, but felt compelled to comment here. I like the fact that you are not committed to any party but have picked your canidate. Your positive comments about Sen. Obama relect that. I also have to agree with you about the feeling of caring from both McCain and Obama. My last comment concerns the practice of the press, the public, and the canidates themself of bashing another canidate. This practice makes us as a country look foolish. I try to pick my canidate using thier stance (both what they say in thier speeches and what they have voted for in the past) to decide what canidate I will support.

  47. jp1163 permalink
    January 14, 2008 2:25 pm

    I don’t know why it is that a baseball player is the first one to sum up how i feel about this election. I guess all the pundits have to much at stake to be honest about things.

    I agree that Senator McCain is a man of great depth and honesty and would make a wonderful president. We need him.

    I also agree that Barack Obama seems to be a sincere man of great depth who, while young, does indeed embody much of what is great about America.

    I could vote for either of them though if both get nominated I would go for McCain. But rather than vote for Romney I would go for Obama any day

  48. McFleece permalink
    January 15, 2008 8:43 pm

    Curt: what are your predictions for tonight?

    I’m going with Romney in Michigan by 4% over McCain, and John Edwards will win the Nevada debate by coming out swinging hard.


  49. Jen permalink
    January 18, 2008 2:45 am

    Not a single person mentioned Huckabee. What do you think of him? He’s got a great stance on many issues–and very important to me, is a Christian.

  50. peteladdjr permalink
    January 19, 2008 2:46 am

    Fun to watch McCain and Obama making a race out of this campaign. Really interesting knowing that the primary season will go deep so that other states can participate with a purpose ….thanks NH for keeping this primary real.

    Will be good watching South Carolina and Nevada …..then the big day of Feb 5th. Also, wonder if Rudy G’s. strategy will work.

    I think Huckabee is going nowhere. I’m Christian, but let’s have someone represent the entire country, not just the evangelicals of this nation.

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