Liberalscum Buster

July 24, 2008


Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, life, mideast, news, politics, Uncategorized, war — gasdocpol @ 2:53 pm


In the past decade, [McCain] has played on Mississippi riverboats, on Indian land, in Caribbean craps pits and along the length of the Las Vegas Strip. Back in 2005 he joined a group of journalists at a magazine-industry conference in Puerto Rico, offering betting strategy on request. “Enjoying craps opens up a window on a central thread constant in John’s life,” says John Weaver, McCain’s former chief strategist, who followed him to many a casino. “Taking a chance, playing against the odds.” Aides say McCain tends to play for a few thousand dollars at a time and avoids taking markers, or loans, from the casinos, which he has helped regulate in Congress. “He never, ever plays on the house,” says Mark Salter, a McCain adviser. The goal, say several people familiar with his habit, is never financial. He loves the thrill of winning and the camaraderie at the table.

Only recently have McCain’s aides urged him to pull back from the pastime. In the heat of the G.O.P. primary fight last spring, he announced on a visit to the Vegas Strip that he was going to the casino floor. When his aides stopped him, fearing a public relations disaster, McCain suggested that they ask the casino to take a craps table to a private room, a high-roller privilege McCain had indulged in before. His aides, with alarm bells ringing, refused again, according to two accounts of the discussion.

“He clearly knows that this is on the borderline of what is acceptable for him to be doing,” says a Republican who has watched McCain play. “And he just sort of revels in it.”

Addictive behavior? The Stump ads

At the end of the piece, a former Obama colleague, refering to Obama’s contemplative gambling style, tells Time, “If he runs his presidency the way he plays poker, I’ll sleep good at night.” I think the converse is true of McCain–I’d sleep pretty poorly if he were to run his presidency the way he plays craps. (And I think the odds are high that he would. He certainly seems to run his campaign that way…)

I think this is a discussion that needs alot more press and attention. Barack Obama plays small time, low stakes poker, John McCain LOVES to drop thousands often in high risk plays… Who do you want near the button?

Update: Where did John McCraps get his funny money to gamble with anyway? Doesn’t he have a modest income; how does one afford gambling often, several thousand per engagement? Cindy play money?? Is he on an allowance???

Update II: There was a fruitful analysis conducted by some professional odds makers / gamblers in discussion to each habit and relation to persona, decision styles.

On Obama

Andy Bloch, one of the world’s leading players who has accumulated $715,000 so far at this year’s World Series, told The Sunday Telegraph: “There are a lot of skills playing poker that would help the chief executive.

“In poker you have to put yourself in the shoes of your opponents, get inside their heads and figure out what they’re thinking; what their actions mean; what they would think your actions mean; and reading people’s bluffs.

“One thing that got us into the Iraq War was that George Bush didn’t realise that Saddam Hussein was basically bluffing, trying to look like a big man, when he really had no weapons of mass destruction.”


“Barack Obama, like Lyndon Johnson, used poker to make political connections. He seems not to be much of a bluffer. The Cuban Missile Crisis was a giant bluff by JFK, which was not called by Khruschev. I don’t think we’ll get those kind of geopolitical gambles from Obama.”

and on McCain

“You’re always at a disadvantage at craps,” said Mr Bloch. “It’s a problem, if you have a leader who believes they can beat the odds. You don’t want him shooting dice with the economy.” Mr Holden added: “We poker players don’t call poker gambling. It is a game of skill. Craps is an absurd game of luck. You may have thrilling short term wins but only madmen play craps.”



  1. Just one more silly liberal talking.

    Comment by sam222 — July 24, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

  2. SAM 222

    Do you think that McCain’s compulsive gambling could impact on his decision making ?

    How about the effects of his superstitions and anger management problem on decision making?

    Comment by gasdocpol — July 24, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

  3. Credentials? I, personally, have credentials up the gazoo and that does not mean that I am qualified to be President.

    Obama is book smart enough to have graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School as well as being President of the Law review.

    Obama had enough common sense to take readily available information and with no special training or experience to get it right about the proposed Iraq invasion in 2002.

    He expresses himself well and people overseas seem to have respect for him. He is cool and cerebral.

    McCain has fabricated a war hero status based on 23 combat missions and survival as a POW. He is a superstitious compulsive gambler with an anger management problem.

    He has been no more inclined to understand the issues in depth than when he was at the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy.

    Obama is politically talented enough to beat both Clintons.

    Comment by gasdocpol — August 1, 2008 @ 1:40 am

  4. Sam 222 posted the following…….

    Your in the tank for obama although you try to portray yourself as in the middle on your about page. Liberalism is a lie just like obama. Instead the liberal media is trying to make him into something he is not because they know his real views won’t sell in mainstream America. What credentials does Obama really have? The only one I see that qualifies him in the eyes of the mainstream (liberal) media is he was the most liberal candidate that is why they preferred him to Clinton.

    I erased the post unintentially

    OOPS! Sorry Sam (Is’nt that the last half of the punch line of a classic joke?)

    Comment by gasdocpol — August 1, 2008 @ 2:29 am

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