..or is McCain setting the DEMS up to appear uber mean if they begin to critizse him as they have each other in the bloddy DEM Primaries...is he really that smart? From Politico"
Snuffing out campaign sniping just for a night, Senator McCAIN raised a glass last night with a lighthearted yet clearly sincere tribute to Senators OBAMA and CLINTON during the exclusive TIME 100 GALA honoring 'the most influential people in the world' - including the three presidential candidates. Managing Editor Richard STENGEL calls it 'the greatest club in the world,' and the lamb-and-jazz bash at Manhattan's Time Warner Center featured performances by Herbie Hancock, Mariah Carey, and the 'Weekend Update' duo of Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers from 'Saturday Night Live.'
Speaking in front of a wall of glass with the night cityscape behind him, Senator McCain began: 'I'm informed that it is the custom to toast someone who has influenced our lives. In that case, please raise your glass to the discernment and probity of the people of New Hampshire. (Laughter) ... Running for President of the United States is an unusual experience: invigorating, fatiguing, flattering and humbling in equal measure. This long and surprising campaign seems to have exhausted reporters as well as your expense accounts. (Laughter) Imagine the effect it has had on the candidates: the strain of constant travel; the stress of never knowing what one of your supporters might say that at least temporarily puts your campaign on defense - or in my campaign, what I might say (Laughter) - and the terror of knowing that only one of us will be invited to this dinner next year. (Laughter)
'It's a tough business. And though we are rivals, we should respect each other's willingness to hazard it. Senator Obama is a man of unusual eloquence, who has performed the very worthy service of summoning to the political arena Americans who once wrongly thought it of little benefit to them. Senator Clinton has demonstrated great tenacity and courage; two qualities I have always esteemed. I count myself among their many admirers. Please join me, then, in a toast to my opponents and compatriots, Senators Clinton and Obama, and to the noisy, contentious, striving, beautiful country we hope to lead.'
The audience included Dan Senor, Campbell Brown, Rahm Emanuel, Paul Wolfowitz, Lance Armstrong, Brian Williams, Nancy Brinker, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Suze Orman and three former Princeton basketball stars - Senator Bill Bradley, Richard Stengel and Sean Gregory.