October 15th, 2008
08:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Martin: Obama is setting up McCain for the political rope-a-dope

Martin: Obama is setting up McCain for a knockout blow.

Martin: Obama is setting up McCain for a knockout blow.

(CNN) - Muhammad Ali was not only a great boxer, but an awesome tactician.

Remember the fight against George Foreman in Zaire? My man damn near went to sleep on the ropes as Foreman flailed away, using his energy to pound away at Ali. And at the right time, the Greatest of All Time started blasting away, eventually knocking Foreman out.

That's exactly what Sen. Barack Obama is doing to Sen. John McCain.

At no time during the Democratic primary has Obama tried to pick a fight. So when he told ABC last week that when it came to bringing up 1960s radical Bill Ayers on the campaign trail, McCain "wasn't willing to say it to my face," I instantly saw it as Obama throwing down the gauntlet.

Knowing full well that the senior senator from Arizona has a hot temper, he couldn't resist the bait.

"He has probably ensured that it will come up this time," McCain told a Missouri radio station.

And by doing so tonight, Obama will be ready to pounce.

I debated conservative Michael Steele last night at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C., and he said McCain should stay focused on the issues. I concur.

By bringing up an issue voters don't care about, McCain will alienate independents, and make it easier for Obama to appeal to them.

If it happens, just watch Obama pound away at McCain, just like Ali did to Foreman.

soundoff (1,160 Responses)
  1. Leroy B.

    On abortion Obama hit a home run. McCain could not even acknowlage that we can all agree on. We all do not want UNWANTED pregnancies. McCain has proven time and time again he is not a uniter but a divider. Good communication means you acknowlage what the other said and find a common ground. McCain can't do that so how can he unite two very differant parties? Just a thought and I hope both Dems and Repubs can find common ground on at least this issue or we are doomed as a nation.

    October 16, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  2. David Shawn

    Yes Kraig great research Go to Factcheck .org ( oh and that is not an Obama site or anything it is completely unbias in their reporting, just like MSNBC sending Obermann to cover the RNC )

    Yes go the Obama site and see if they put an Obama twist on everything,

    Blind leading BLind

    oh yes Lord of the Empty Suit tell us more. Tell us great stories of spreading wealth and making friends with the others who hate America

    October 16, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  3. darlene

    couldn't agree more!!!

    October 16, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  4. Mr. Industrial Michigan

    John McCain seems to be really disrespectful and nasty. That has been the personality of the country's executive branch for the past 8 years. Im not saying that the president should be the nicest person because it is a tough job, but he will try to rule this country with an iron fist. His personality does not reflect the middle of america. If other countries don't agree with his belief, he will unleash his wrath on them. We will be at war forever!!

    October 16, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  5. darlene

    Mc Cain is so angry and it is so very obvious to everyone out here who watched this debate tonight. Cindy is even taking lessons from him again she snubbed Michele.

    October 16, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  6. gerri

    Good night John and Sarah, let the door help you out.

    October 16, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  7. The Edge

    McCain looks like a drowning man fighting for a chance to get votes.
    We do NOT want his opinion of Obama.
    McCain thinks everybody has 13 to 15 Homes &
    15 to 20 automobiles Like HIM.
    McCain think the average working person makes $300,000.
    I don’t know the average American income is about 35,000 a year.
    McCain is ignorant in the debate, show not respect
    Sen. Obama and would interrupt Sen. Obama when he was
    talking just like the bird brain woman on morning show
    “THE VIEW.“
    I also think McCain is to OLD to be President of the United States.
    He just wants the Title of President of
    United States on is epitaph.
    I have seen on TV more NEGATIVE ADS from John McCain
    Sen. Obama.

    October 16, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  8. mel

    This is a democracy. We get to vote. America expected to finally hear the issues. McCain said the same things that he has said in his ads. Fact checks has told us what is true and false and inbetween. McCain didn't bring anything new He chose to be the angry old man who wanted to scare us about the bogey man. The bogey man is now John McCain who wants us to embrace his personal prejudices. It is hate mongering. When I hear him I want to apologize for my generation. This election is not about "that one". This is about us, the USA. We are all going to have to sacrifice and establish priorities of what has to be done. John McCain missed his chance of becoming part of the solution. He has decided to become part of the problem that wants to finger point and paralyze our economy with fear mongering. The stockmarket is based to buyer's trust and it is a world problem. John McCain comes across as inflexible, unwilling to listen, and not open to change. When Obama gets elected, I bet the stockmarket will skyrocket. I won't promise it will stay high, but I bet there will be a lot of people that will bet the the ecomony is going to improve with Obama as President.

    October 16, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  9. RobThePrinter

    I don't know about all you plumbers out there (named Joe or not), but this printer will cast his vote for Senator O. Nothing is as precious to an American than his/her vote. Use it wisely, and with great fervor.
    The Old Veteran should be in the Old Veteran's home. And "that woman" should just go home.

    October 16, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
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