Notes, Quotes & Anecdotes – McCain in Mentor

John Belushi as Bluto

John Belushi as Bluto

What? Over? Did you say “over”?

* Republican Steve LaTourette in an effort to rally the crowd at the Mentor High School Gym closed his speech with a good rendition of John Belushi’s nothing is over speech from the movie Animal House. 

You know the “What? Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!   The only problem is, while Animal House is a classic no doubt, it’s been 30 years since the movie came out.  As a result when I looked around the room I saw this look of pained surprise on the faces of not just the young but old as well that their Congressman didn’t know that it was the Japananese not the Germans who bombed Pearl Harbor.  Fortunately for LaTourette there were enough familiar with the movie to set them straight.


John McCain’s theme is “Country First” that probably explains why any event I’ve been to with him where they have a warm up band it’s always Country.   Sammy Kershaw Thursday in Mentor,  Gretchen Wilson and Lee Greenwood in Summit County.  There’s also been Hank Williams Jr. and John Rich with his “Raisin’ McCain.”    I know Ohio is technically mid-west but c’mon there’s gotta be some Republican Rockers out there somewhere.  I mean they make enough money.   As I’m thinking this to myself the piped music switches to rock with Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.”  Sprinsteen of course is a huge backer of Barack Obama.


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