GLENN: Well, it is Monday, a new, fresh start. I saw a poll that shows that Barack Obama is winning, what is it, Dan, 86%?
STU: Yeah, a mere 86% of the vote in Europe and McCain has a whopping 6%. 8% are really thinking it over, though.
GLENN: Now, I would, I would think that with 86% of Europe saying Barack Obama is my guy, there might be a headline somewhere that we could find saying, if Europe thinks he's that great, maybe we should run in the other direction.
We go to Stu for a little pregame analysis on the Battle of the Headlines today.
STU: That's right, Glenn. I mean, you said it correctly when you said you figure if Germany really likes him, maybe that would be something to point out that it's not particularly a good thing. They haven't exactly elected the best people in the past.
GLENN: You're saying that Germany has a bad voting record.
STU: Some would say that they've made an occasional error in judgment.
GLENN: I don't know what you could possibly be talking about, but let's go right to the Battle of the Headlines. Here comes headline number one for John McCain: China criticizes McCain, Dalai Lama meeting. Headline number two for John McCain. Chuck Hagel says John McCain is treading on very thin ground. John McCain reverses himself on affirmative action. And, what a surprise, had to have one, angry McCain needs to make way for old optimism.
We go to the half now because I'm a little torn on this, Stu. Your analysis.
STU: Yeah, very interesting there, Glenn. The first two headlines, China criticizing McCain and Chuck Hagel criticizing McCain, those could very well be taken as positives.
GLENN: I have to ask you. John McCain reverses himself on affirmative action. Was he for it or against it?
STU: You know, I don't know, off the top of my head.
GLENN: I have no idea. He could go either way, and now has.
STU: I'd like to find out.
GLENN: Apparently. All right. So we go into the second half. Here's headline number one for Barack Obama. Obama admits drop in Iraqi violence. Was more -- no, there's -- he admits a drop in Iraqi violence was more than he had anticipated. Obama declares foreign trip a success. That's from MSNBC. In Berlin hope for the fall of other walls. I don't even know what that one means. Barack Obama, president of Europe.
VOICE: Once again Barack Obama comes out on top, glowing headline after glowing headline. Gee, what a frickin' surprise.
GLENN: All right. So you've checked into the Barack Obama -- or the John McCain on affirmative action. He used to be for it and now he's against it. Well, that's great. We've got these guys -- this is like fish. I went fishing with my son this week even. It was like, they're just flopping around on the side. Bang them in the head with a hammer, I'm telling you. They will stop flopping around for a while. For the love of Pete. And I love this one: Berlin, hope for the fall of other walls. It wasn't hope that brought the Berlin wall down. And it wasn't sunshine and lollipops that put it up. I mean, it's just -- aye-yi-yi.