Friday, September 26, 2008

McCain’s Power Right End Around

I’m still a little bit unsure about McCain’s decision about suspending his campaign to work on a bailout for Wall Street, but there was a huge development that happened yesterday that nobody has discussed yet. McCain distanced himself from President Bush, while at the same time marrying Obama to the Bush Administration’s financial policies.

I have to admit, it’s a brilliant move.

The Obama Campaign spent the entire summer and most of their convention making the argument that John McCain isn’t change; it’s just more of the same. I’m just amazed that Obama and the Democrats would associate themselves with the Bush Administration over the bailout of Wall Street. In yesterday’s meeting at the White House, President Bush and his advisors were desperate to do something, anything to help prevent an economic disaster, and the Democrats were quick to seize on Bush’s predicament and get what they want.

The only problem is John McCain and the Republicans in the House were not about to start writing blank checks to bail out crooked businesses. To make matters worse, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi let Obama run the meeting which apparently didn’t go well when Boehner and McCain were not simply going to rubber stamp the Democrat plan.

To John McCain’s credit, he has been saying for days that the current compromise plan was dead, so I don’t really know why in the heck Obama and the Democrats thought this was going to be a quick deal. These are complex and serious issues, and the thought that congress can write legislation to solve the problem in a matter of hours is ridiculous.

Do we need to take immediate action? Yes. But we better get this right.

Also the last time I checked in the majorities in the Senate and House agree on legislation, and pass it, and the President is willing to sign it, the legislation becomes law. So if Pelosi, Reid, Obama, and Bush think they have this thing figured out, get-r-done.

I understand why they don’t want to do it that way, but they are the ones in the big boy chairs.

So when it comes to the economy Obama and Bush are on the same page while John McCain stands in opposition. I doubt the Obama campaign could ever have seen themselves in this position, but McCain just pulled off a huge end around that provides him distance from Bush and Congress. Not a bad place to be if you ask me.


  1. I admit,
    I didnt like that he suspended his campaign, right when I was coming around to it, (because it was the right move) he "un-suspends" and goes to Mississippi.

    Now, if you are going to do it, stick to your guns and follow it through until the end.

    Now it looks like a political stunt. McCain said he was "suspending his campaign" to work on the economic bill, and now he is heading to a debate with the bill sitting in turmoil on capital hill???

    All Obama has to do is point out that McCain did nothing to help with the process and may have even delayed it by getting involved in the Republican House and now is giving up before its resolved.

    Ok, Krusty, either he has some ingenious plan to work this all together or he has hung himself out to dry.

  2. Give the McCain camp credit. By having McCain go to Washington and taking Obama off his game on debate prep--probably for the one debate he knew he'd be weakest on--McCain was able tonight to show who has the upper hand on the issue. First impressions are critical, as will the the last impressions.

    When a candidate says, "I agree with my opponent" repeatedly, it begs the question, "Why should I vote for you if the other guy is going to do the same thing and I agree with him just as much?" Not a good idea for Obama.

    I think Krusty has a great point.

  3. LOL. Seriously? McCain looked like a fool. I won't debate if there's no deal. There was no deal, he debates anyways. He suspends his campaign but doesn't. Ads continue to run. Surrogates on tv. Palin still looking confused. And then the debate performance: was he told to look angry and avoid all eye contact? What a week.

  4. Well, if Mac looked like a fool, we can ALL thank our lucky stars he had the courage to sacrifice appearances and risk the campaign.

    By sitting at the table with the negotiators, he gave the House Republicans the go ahead to stand strong against the Bail Out plan, previously agreed to (or so the story goes) by the D's and the Administration.

    I'm glad he helped put the brakes on $20+ Million to ACORN et al.

    I'm glad he helped put the brakes on Golden Parachutes

    Someone had to slow the process down. Nobody else seemed to have the Nads to do it.

    It's easy to look at this issue thru Partisian Colored Glasses (as opposed to Rose Colored Glasses) and say: My Party right or wrong.

    But it takes real courage to risk your own political campaign

    Of course, as I type this response, no DEAL has been cut yet. We have no resolution to the problem.

    Perhaps Lorena Bobbitt will slip into Peloski's office tonite and enter into the negotiations,,, and the next thing we'll know is the Republican Negotiators will have lost their manhood.

    Whatever happens, just know that you're going to have the privledge of paying off somebody else's morgage, on a home they couldn't afford, yet their lender made the loan anyway.

    Anyway you look at it, we're screwed. Perhaps by people who no longer have their manhood, but screwed, just the same.

  5. Of course when we hear Obama say that he agrees with John McCain, we think its great.
    But what he is trying to do is get the people who are still on the fence and could go either way.
    John McCain is still acting very partisan and abrasive and while he made the far right happy, he also said "Either you're 100% for me, or you are 100% against me".

    He has drawn a line in the sand that it will be very hard for moderates to cross.

  6. I agree with Clifton.
    A right end around isnt really what we need right now, we need to appeal to the centerists and even some on the left.
    That's why McCain was nominated, because liberals and moderates in Florida and N.H. wanted him in there, not because Conservatives voted him in.

  7. Firstly, I'd like to state that this blog rules. Secondly, I was wondering if I could talk to you over email re: a Kansas-centric event going on in mid-October. Would love for you to be a part of it. Please email me at as soon as you’re able to. Thanks! Keep on blogging.

  8. Krusty,

    Apologies. In my last comment, I meant Iowa-centric. It's an event in Iowa...not Kansas. Yikes!