VOICE: Barack Obama, John McCain, two candidates, one winner fighting to the bitter end. The Battle of the News Headlines starts... now.
STU: Well, yesterday was a very interesting day as John McCain steamed get two mildly positive headlines but I'm sure that's going to turn around. We're looking for some very -- some attacks that have no substance for them. I think that's what I'd like for in the first half.
GLENN: All right. Let's go with John McCain, headline number one from today's paper, McCain calm over cancer scare. I don't even know what headline number two means: McCain's musical woes. Dan, you've got to look up that story. I can't even imagine. What is John -- did he go see Mamma Mia? John McCain headline number three: John McCain's negative attacks against Barack Obama hit a low mark. John McCain says media is biased towards Obama but it's McCain who's been getting a free ride. Here we are at the half, about ready to go in and see the next four headlines. These headlines will be for Barack Obama.
STU: That's basically exactly what we expected for McCain. Looking forward to Obama, we expect positive embrace from the media. That's what he gets on a daily basis.
GLENN: And here we go, headline number one for Obama: A hug for Obama, a handshake for McCain. Headline number two: Obama says he's becoming competitive in red states. Headline number three: Obama, new sheriff in town. I mean, what does that -- oh, does he think he's a cowboy? And the third. Mr. President? Not quite, but quite presidential.
VOICE: Once again Barack Obama comes out on top, glowing headline after glowing headline. Gee, what a frickin' surprise.
GLENN: Dan, what is John McCain's musical woes? What is that?
DAN: Give me one second. Hold on.
GLENN: I mean, that's just -- oh. And here's another one. I'm assuming this one, John McCain's negative attacks against Barack Obama hit a new low mark? Is that the one where he won't -- he will go to the gym but he won't go visit the soldiers in Germany?
STU: That's, I'm sure that's that, yeah. You know what, I -- look. Barack Obama's going to run 15,000 terrible ads and 527s will do it, too, but John McCain's ads stink so far. I don't understand this. Like, I -- it's not his place to be criticizing Barack Obama that he's going to the gym instead of going to visit the troops. It just seems like a silly sort of hackish attack. And then --
GLENN: Well, it's -- compared to like, for instance, he says he won't take on Jeremiah Wright.
STU: Right. That's something of substance. Like, he --
GLENN: Well, no. Because John McCain sees it the wrong way. John McCain sees the Jeremiah Wright thing: Oh, that's race and that's religion. No, it's not. His theology is political theology. It is a Marxist theology. And if somebody would stand up and say, look, I don't want to talk about anybody's religion, I don't really care about anybody's religion. But this is a Marxist theology. And look, here is this phrase from this individual called Lenin, here's this phrase from Marx, here's this phrase from Castro, here's this phrase from Jeremiah Wright. Now let me give you the phrase from Berlin that's awfully familiar. You know what I mean? If you would just take on and say, look, this has influenced the man. No matter what he says, it has influenced the man. And it's not about religion and it's not about race and it's not about loud, flashy preachers. But he won't do it.