Wednesday, September 24, 2008

McCain's Blames Other Bail Out In Debate Bail Out Bid

Say that 10 times fast.

Paying rapt attention to the research, McCain's campaign doesn't at all like what they see. With American voters rightly blaming Republicans for our lil' national economic castrosphe and Obama surging in every poll, they gotta put the brakes on this juggernaut.
The top McCain lobbyists' advisors' bold stroke? Shut her down. Yep, Johnny's pledged to "suspend" his campaign tomorrow TFN. No word when The Mighty McCain Puppet Show shall resume. To use this brazen Big Bail Out ploy to bail on Friday's scheduled debate smacks of desperation. It's also the very worst kind of cynical politics.


McCain and his handlers would give anything to delay the inevitable. Today's classic GOP fear-mongering technique had the added benefit of blindsiding his opponent. At 8:30 this morning, Sen. Obama called Sen. McCain to suggest they issue a joint statement:

outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal.
Six hours later, McCain's campaign replied:
We're down with that.
Not thirty minutes later -- Surprise! Johnny-in-the-box pops up to to claim:
Listen up all you lefty reporter assholes and trollops. America, damn it, needs John McCain too much for me to let any black youngster hand me my fucking head on TV in front of every-fucking-body. All that campaigning shit and polling shit just ain't all that important right now. So don't any of you pay no goddamn attention to it. I am not fucking kidding here you commies. Remember, America needs John McCain.

Now all you fuckers get off my lawn err...out of my office. It's past my nap time.*
Obama's camp can explain this time line five ways to Friday. We'll see how it rolls out. No doubt about one thing. they were bushwacked. Obama will have to be much smarter next time.

Normally, he doesn't like to worry his angry little head about money stuff. That's women's work. He's too big, rich and powerful for that kind of a buzz kill. McCain leaves all that hard thinking to his closest lobbyists advisors. But the playing field has changed dramatically these past few months.

Our country's worsening economy has McCain all jammed up. He's confessed to not understanding economic issues. His policies, many shaped by his closest lobbyists advisors, lie at the core of this crisis. No "I'm-a-war-hero-that's-gonna-win-the-war-and-keep-America-safe" schtick will save him here. Thus the very thought of speaking about The Bail Out, no less sharing the stage with an exceedingly articulate younger and smarter man who knows numbers 'n' stuff, scares the ever living shit out of him.

"Must...Buy... More...Time..."

Should he actually keep his commitment to debate Friday, McCain will have to talk about other grownup issues too. Real important shit like the Wars, healthcare, his 26-year record as an avid deregulation booster and more potentially politically fatal shit like that will be bandied about. The kind of stuff his closest lobbyists advisors haven't finished telling him what his positions are on yet. America is dying to see that, Johnny Boy.

That is some clever strategy framing McCain's debate bail out bid as a necessary to deal The Big Bail Out. If he doesn't play along, Obama appears to put himself above country. He shows less urgency to address an urgent problem of historic proportions. If he does go along, Obama is not as smart as I thought he was. This is not the time to play follow the leader and quash your surging momentum now, sir. That is precisely what McCain and his closest lobbyists advisors pray you will do.

Do not cave in. I repeat: Do not cave in. This is the time to go for the jugular, Barack. On the big stage and in front of the American people, You must get McCain to try to explain some of that numbers stuff to us. Let Johnny give us his best shot at rationalizing his two-and-a-half decades** supporting financial deregulation.

America doesn't just want to see it. We need to see it.

WaPo's "The Fix" on McCain's manuever.


*Guaranteed 100% actual dialogue -- I swear.

**Apparently this streak ended this week.

***Update: Shazam! <>Per the AP Obama sez:
"it's more important than ever" that the country hear from its next president.

"It's my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible for dealing with this mess," Obama said in a news conference in Clearwater, Fla. "It's going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once."
Rejected! Very deftly done that was. (Gotta give some credit to Johnny's closest lobbyists weasels advisors for taking their best stab at it, tho').

How will McCain and his closest lobbyists advisors respond?