April 6th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
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'Raw Politics': DeSoto goes to the White House

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/04/06/raw.politics/art.mccain.wh.gi.jpg caption=" Sen. John McCain officially announced he was running for president in April 2007."]

"Raw Politics" on "Anderson Cooper 360" delivers the latest political news with a wry sense of a humor and without spin.

(CNN) - When I ran marathons, I took heart from the kind souls who lined the route in those torturous last few miles.

In clusters of three or four, they would wave, cheer and hold out orange slices or bits of banana.

Sometimes they had funny signs like, "Which great explorer finishes every marathon? DeSoto." Say it out loud and you'll get it - "the sore toe."

The point is, when you are struggling along with blistered feet, aching legs and lungs that feel like Shredded Wheat, it is awfully nice to have a stranger give you a pat on the back.

I was thinking of that this week as I watched the candidates slog through another day of campaigning. I looked at the calendar and mentally counted the months until November. Well, OK, I counted them on my fingers. Seven months. And all the candidates have been running much longer than that already.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Grif

    Confidence! Self Confidence. Two of the Candidates do have that..
    Guess Who? – (Clue)... They are both over the Age of 50....

    April 6, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Grif

    Maybe this is the real idea, of the News Media.. They prefer a Fool in the White House. One they can destroy like they have done to George Bush over the years. Where will the News be in 2009, if they don't have an Idiot like Obama to dig on ...

    April 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. TheLeftNut

    "Raw Politics" on "Anderson Cooper 360″ delivers the latest political news with a wry sense of a humor and without spin.

    ALL Politics = Spin

    Nice try, AC360

    The rest of this article makes no sense.

    April 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Grif

    Here's another one! Stick a Paper Hat on one of the Candidates, with a sign "King Of Fools" Quasiabamo... The Dunce Cap, Of Notre Dame...

    April 6, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |

    McCain is an egotistical maniac. He don't care that the minumum
    raise pays for a weeks of gas for 1 days work, My Friends.

    April 6, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Art Hayward Palm Springs, CA

    It seems that Obama has won the delagate race in Texas, so why is it not on the news more? It seems to me that this is an important story since CLinton keeps saying she won Texas.. Just wondering why there is not more news on this


    Art Hayward

    April 6, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Philo Scott

    McCain is a true american hero. But there are down sides that are scary, similarly to George H. Bush. McCain has a sharp temper, and something that I am concerned about is "will he be reliving and trying to make right his heroic captivity by the NVA, that is, reliving Hanoi." It is a terrible thing and I don't bring it up lightly. But trauma like that leaves an indelible mark that colors everything even decisions. Also, this 100 year notion of Iraq, when most Americans think that the whole war was a mistake.. Is this him reliving Hanoi? There are other things that you know that the kindness and honorableness of Obama will not come up, like, when he got back from hanoi, he was dating his current wife and ditched his wife that was waiting for him... not a pretty story but the truth.

    McCain's solutions are out dated and he touts his foreign policy acumen; however, did you notice that while in Iraq he tried to link Alkida with Iran... a major mistake especially in the rejoin. The ugly American who doesn't even understand the basic fundamentals of the region. If that is the result of years of foreign policy, then I'm afraid we ware way off target. The indications are that McCain is going to target Iran in league with the Cheney-Bush doctrine for the region.

    Do we want more of that?

    It's time to get someone who's not near retirement, who knows some of the basics of the cultural issues and who's intelligent. (Oh and who keeps his word.)


    April 6, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Grif

    Notre Dame...
    I hear your a Sportsman Obama, can you play FootBall? Well not really, I'm much better at: Foot-in-the-mouth..

    April 6, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. What does this mean?

    As my name implies, I am bother to know, This news does not make any sense, and should not be coming from my most honored Anderson Cooper. First, why is Sen Mccain's photo up there?, what does it imply?, his name wasn't even mentioned in the article.
    Well, my hope of that this news doesn't stay up too long

    April 6, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. CHERYL



    April 6, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Uncle Sam

    In a time of an unpopular war and administration, accompanied by low consumer confidence, Sen. John McCain has been characterized as a Bush Republican warmonger past his prime. Not surprisingly, Sen. McCain is being given little chance to win the presidential election in November. To his supporters, John McCain is not your typical politician. For many, he is a larger-than-life figure who has devoted his considerable energies in service to America. Someone who has consistently demonstrated moral courage in standing up for what he believes is right even in the face of harsh criticism from all sides. Whose honesty and candor are on display even when it leaves him more vulnerable to ridicule by his detractors. Who has overcome tremendous adversity only to emerge as a stronger person and statesman. And who has been willing to sacrifice everything – his freedom, career, ambition, and image – for a cause greater than himself. In our media-driven culture, where superficial appeal and self-aggrandizement dominate, genuine heroism can be obscured by lofty rhetoric. In the final analysis, it will be up to the American voters to cut through the illusion of make-believe and determine which is the candidate we trust to lead our country.

    April 6, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Survivor: 00/04 (didn't vote 4/Bush)

    Sure it's tough but my gal Hillary is up to it!

    They're gonna have to put McCain on a CLYDESDALE to attract attention!

    April 6, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. David from SC

    Why is McCain's picture on this artical? Should all the candidates be pictured?

    Also, if anyone can not hang, he/she should be out of the race. Running the country requires MORE energy than what they have already given!

    April 6, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. kathleen

    Who said, What? This story does not make sense. Quotes from

    April 6, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Lancaster John

    The latest in the McCain VP search is that Condoleeza Rice is under consideration. This would be a terrible choice. Why? If Obama get the Democratic nomination the McCain campaign will be looking at many Democrats coming their way but those voters are not likely to vote for a McCain-Rice ticket. Rice has been a terrible security advisor. Her advice has been wrong and she has, on numerous occasions let the warmongers like Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wofowicz steam roller right over her and circumvent her. She has not exhibited the type of leadership necessary to be a president. I will say it again, McCain needs to pick a VP acceptable to both Republicans and Democrats, moderates and conservatives, who is younger, and who has the confidence of the electorate, Rice does not fill the bill.

    April 6, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Houston

    You need stamina, sleep, a good diet to keep campaigning. I couldn't do it. I am 50 and I do admire all three presidential candidates for the tough campaigning. All 3 candidates are very dedicated to seeking the highest office in the land. This is what keeps them going. May the best person win.

    April 6, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Scott

    Hi, McCain is honest and direct, but he's not echoing the wishes of the American people. He's had a history of having a short fuse. I'm not sure we want someone who's had serious psychological trauma and a short fuse at the helm of foreign policy. Sounds like a bad combination.

    April 6, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |