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Country first? Hahaha.

So, as far as I can tell, the story so far is:

McCain sees an opportunity to look presidential and experienced. He announces he’s suspending his campaign so he can rush to DC, although he in fact takes 22 hours to get there and manages to squeeze in some interviews, a speech at Pres. Clinton’s event, and a nice dinner. Plus, his surrogates stay out on the trail bashing Obama, and McCain continues his ad campaign. Other than that, the campaign is completely suspended.

Then, to show that he is not a marginalized Senator on the fringes of economic discussion, he encourages conservative Republicans to back out of the deal the two parties had brokered in a genuine spirit of bi-partisanship so that McCain can spearhead some alternate proposal. Why? Well, since McCain’s original comments — in which he tacitly accepted Obama’s statement of principles — seemed to go along with the deal the two sides had worked out, I can only conclude that McCain would have disrupted any agreement so that he can be perceived as coming up with the new one.

The Democrats are pretty much boxed in. If they make any concessions at all to McCain’s new proposal, McCain will trumpet that he’s the one who saved the economy by wringing changes from the Dems (while ignoring that the original deal before McCain stepped in to “save” us had been bi-partisan).

So, clever move by McCain. Too bad it’s a clever move motivated by McCain’s ambitions rather than by what’s best for the country. For example, today’s economic slide is directly due to McCain’s self-centered disruption of the process.

Nice, John. See you at the debate.

Or not.

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3 Responses to “Country first? Hahaha.”

  1. It’s an interesting move but I think it’s going to be hard to spin it as anything but a cynical political maneuver to any but the most die-hard (who weren’t going to be swayed regardless.)

    Maybe if it was more clear-cut that he had something to do with the resolution. But there’s the stunty nature of the announcement/debate delay suggestion, the ranting Letterman’s doing against him (whose audience trends older and more towards the potential McCain voters than say the Daily Show), the sequence of events (announcement of the deal before he arrived, collapse of the deal when he showed up), the word coming out from CBS that he wanted less regulation and corporate tax breaks, the head democrats saying he was a hindrance to the process.

    Maybe it’ll mobilize some “base” (I don’t know what it takes to convince them), but he’s gonna lose a lot from the middle.

    And also on top of that, Obama’s played the whole thing extremely well and hasn’t painted himself into any particular corner or come off looking hacky or opportunistic in my opinion.

    But hey, who knows. The one thing I wonder is if it raises the expectation for Obama to utterly destroy McCain tonight. And he won’t, everyone will see what they want to see. I remember watching one of the Kerry/Bush debates and thinking Kerry mopped the floor with him. Headlines next day were basically “BOTH CANDIDATES DID THEIR BEST, WHO CAN REALLY SAY WHO WON”.

    Bleh your elections are exhausting for this Canadian.

  2. What difference does any of it make? McCain tries to look presidential and in charge of the party, but can’t fully explain the problem or the resolution. Obama doesn’t understand the problem and just talks about change and wants to blame everything from the credit crisis to local rainstorms on Bush (as if Bush understands the problem). The only thing we can be sure of is that they will both raise taxes one way or anaother.

    People like Bernanke and Paulson are straight enough to come up with a solution and competent enough to see it through, but no one who is elected has the fortitude to admit the ship is sinking and get something done. They are all too scared of losing power to do anything but protect themselves. We lack leadership at every level of both parties.

  3. Change you can trust, a slogan that could turn around McCain’s campaign?

    Change you can trust contrasts beautifully with change you can believe in.

    Everyone wants change, only with a team that we can trust to implement it.
    If you’re in a tough spot, you want someone to come to help you that you can trust, not someone you believe may want to help you.

    John McCain, polls show, is rated as highly qualified and highly trusted. This slogan, change you can trust, reinforces this message.

    It can even be added on to John McCain’s current slogan. Country first, change you can trust. Or perhaps Change you can trust that puts Country first. Or how about Change you can trust that puts America first

    It implies without directly saying it that the other side is perhaps a little less trustworthy.

    It also reinforces the message that in a time we were facing battle with Al Qaeda worldwide and two conventional wars, John McCain is a commander in chief you can trust to lead us to victory.

    There are 30 days left before Election Day. Sarah Palin’s debate performance was good, but it’s really up to John McCain to win.





    John, are you listening???

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