Liberalscum Buster

July 27, 2008


Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, life, medicine, mideast, news, politics, war — gasdocpol @ 10:23 pm

Gambling men: McCain’s dice, Obama’s cards

Fun story in Time about the gambling habits of McCain and Obama:

McCain (not a secret) is slightly addicted to risk, and likes to play craps at casinos — betting a few thousand a roll in a game that’s all about chance but, it should be noted, not using casino credit: “The goal, say several people familiar with his habit, is never financial. He loves the thrill of winning and the camaraderie at the table.”

Obama, on the other hand, is a cautious card player, joining a regular weekly low-stakes poker game among legislators when he was a state senator in Illinois. He played to win, not for the thrill of it: “He studied the cards as closely as he would an eleventh-hour amendment to a bill. The odds were religion to him. Only rarely did he bluff.”

The contrast then becomes a metaphor for the campaign — a little glib, but fun nonetheless:

“Politicians talk of their campaigns as grand contests of ideas. But in practice, the political battle is both a crapshoot and a poker game, a study in managing risk and in manipulating people…. McCain’s campaign, like his life, has been marked by its embrace of living dangerously and by clear runs of fortune and disappointment. Obama, meanwhile, has succeeded, no less remarkably, by diligently executing a premeditated strategy.”

Posted by John Riley on July 3, 2008 9:47 AM | Permalink


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