A Presedential Candidate To Talk To Sports Blogs?

Saturday, May 17, 2008

This is a really odd story but apparently it's very true. Republican Presidential nominee John McCain wants to talk to Sports blogs. Seriously....

Those who follow blogging said the McCain campaign will have to pick and choose whom to invite to conference calls, arguing that some sites won’t treat Mr. McCain fairly.

“I don’t think the people at DailyKos are going to treat John McCain mercifully, but I think the fact that people get their question heard makes them dial it back a bit,” said Soren Dayton, a blogger who worked briefly for the McCain campaign and now works at a public affairs company, New Media Strategies.

Going forward, Mr. Hynes said, the campaign would like to have Mr. McCain talk to sports bloggers, too, as a way to “humanize John McCain as something other than a carbon-copy politician running for office, delivering talking points.”
I would consider interview the guy, but remembering other forays into the realm of Politics on the site might make me reconsider that. Maybe McCain has some insight into why everyone knew the Shaq trade wasn't going to work in Phoenix, but the Suns did it anyway. Or perhaps we could entice him to play Barack Obama in a game of one on one?

Just say the word, Mr. McCain (Randball)
McCain widens dialogue on blogs (Washington Times)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:31 PM


This is a bad idea. I hate mixing sports and politics.

May 17, 2008, 2:56:00 PM  

im sure the big lead would throw some softballs out there like 'tell us something interesting'

its impossible to humanize someone who is running for president, that fact makes them so out of touch with the general public that talking to a sports blog is going to seem desperate. and sports bloggers tend to be a vicious bunch (for better or worse) who arent likely to fall for it

BackBergtt said...
May 17, 2008, 3:45:00 PM  

They should let a game of one-on-one decide the general election this fall. Definitely bball, definitely not bowling (Obama bowled a 37 a few weeks ago!!).

Jay said...
May 17, 2008, 3:58:00 PM  

"Presedential"? Come on, that's beyond sloppy.

Brendan said...
May 17, 2008, 4:34:00 PM  

Jay, if you used bball in primaries too, you'd face a real sexism problem. Women's ball? Average male height advantage? I'm sure Hillary'd make Obama play in a wheelchair or something to even it out.

Anonymous said...
May 17, 2008, 4:56:00 PM  

Vick -- who said anything about primaries? Obviously, the primaries should be decided by an intense round of miniature golf!

Jay said...
May 17, 2008, 5:28:00 PM  

Personally I'd like Sports and Politics to be kept separate.

But there could be interesting topics to discuss with all three I suppose. I would talk with McCain about steroids since he did talk a tough game about using legislation to impose drug testing on players at one time.

Obama's conversation would center around meeting all of these athletes across the country while shooting hoops. He did get to play against Tyler Hansbrough in Chapel Hill on a visit. And the dude gets a jersey from a team at every college he visits.

I just want to know which team Hillary Clinton really supports Cubs or Yankees and try to see her wiggle around that one.

Anonymous said...
May 18, 2008, 12:26:00 AM  

Hillary could be asked which female golfer she finds most attractive.

Maybe if she knows Billie Jean and Martina well...

Barry could be asked what is heavier, a pound of rocks or a pound of feathers.

Anonymous said...
May 18, 2008, 7:38:00 AM  

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