Wednesday, September 24, 2008

McCain's Latest Stunt Backfires... Badly

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I recall McCain reaping a harvest of media coverage when he wormed out of having to appear on that first deadly day of the GOP Hate Fest in St. Paul and instead claimed to be saving New Orleans from Hurricane Gustav. His entirely passive attitude towards the far more deadly and destructive Hurricane Ike showed, once again what a shameless manipulator of the media he is. But today's stunt beats everything.

Not having shown up at the Senate since early April-- and having none virtually no Senate work for over a year-- McCain, viewed his cascading poll numbers this morning and started running around screeching that the sky is falling. The Palin stunt had run its course and he needed some new shiny object. And that was... canceling the presidential debate scheduled for Friday. Clearly facing Barack Obama, someone capable of thinking on his feet and not talking in memorized soundbytes was something he was looking forward to as much as he was looking forward to appearing with George Bush (approval rating 19%) in St, Paul. His sudden concern for New Orleans weather saved him from Bush and he hoped that his just as sudden concern for Senate business would save him from a debate he never wanted to have and, with good cause, fears greatly.

Voters were stunned-- and sickened by another cheap McCain campaign ploy. When asked in an MSNBC poll whether they agreed with McCain that the debate should be postponed, 70.7% strongly disagreed (with another 9.2% agreeing). The number who agreed with McCain was identical to George Bush's current approval rating (exactly 19%).


As you can see on the CNN.com Quick Vote, 71% of voters think McCain's announcement is "a political gimmick" and 24% see it as an actual effort to help the economy. Newt Gingrich sees it as an opportunity for Republican incumbents to worm out of debates and is urging congressional candidates to follow McCain's lead, something many have been doing anyway, trying their best to avoid answering embarrassing questions about rubber stamp voting records and huge "donations" from Big Oil and Big Banks followed by votes that clearly helped Big Oil and Big Banks and hurt average Americans-- and average American voters.

Virginia wingnut Virgil Goode was, predictably, the first to jump in, already announcing he'd be ducking a debate at Hampden-Sydney College with a far sharper and more knowledgeable opponent, Tom Perriello. Tom's campaign spokesperson pointed out this evening that "Goode has participated in the Hampden-Sydney debate in every past election cycle. Why is he afraid to debate all of a sudden? He said yesterday that he's letting the lobbyists work on the bailout bill, so he certainly can't be 'suspending' his campaign to confront that issue. He has no credible excuse for ducking this debate. His constituents-- especially those in Farmville who do not have access to the Roanoke-Lynchburg and Charlottesville news markets-- deserve the opportunity to see both candidates debate the issues so they can make an informed choice in November. Mr. Goode does not own this seat; he has to earn it."

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin saw right through the cynical move by McCain and the Republican hacks who are following his lead-- watch Randy Kuhl (R-NY) be the next to announce no debates. "Last week," pointed out Durbin, "Senator John McCain declared the fundamentals of our economy 'strong.' Today he says the situation is so dire he needs to suspend his campaign and delay a scheduled Presidential debate so he can devote his full attention to the problem. With polls showing his campaign is at its weakest, Senator McCain's decision may have less to do with the drop in the Dow Jones average and more to do with a decline in the Gallup poll. It's not economic leadership that Senator McCain would bring to these negotiations; it's presidential politics-- which is the last thing we need if we really want to solve the serious problems our nation faces."
 
Even conservative Republican commentator George Will noted what a phony McCain is on the economic crisis. "Conservatives who insist that electing McCain is crucial usually start, and increasingly end, by saying he would make excellent judicial selections. But the more one sees of his impulsive, intensely personal reactions to people and events, the less confidence one has that he would select judges by calm reflection and clear principles, having neither patience nor aptitude for either. It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?"

Will has a good point. Americans want someone with a steady hand, who keeps his cool in a crisis, not someone who runs around screaming "the sky is falling" when it suits his own narrow interest. Obama is looking at McCain as though he were insane and rebuffed his efforts to duck the debate. "This ," he said, "is exactly the time when people need to hear from the candidates... Part of the president’s job is to deal with more than one thing at once. In my mind it’s more important than ever.” Instant polling shows that only 10% of Americans agree with McCain. Even Fox News shows McCain's polling numbers back in the 30's, where he was before the Palin stunt. (On a related note, the only newspaper to still take Sarah Palin seriously, the National Enquirer dared McCain to follow through with his threat to sue them by revealing the name of her secret lover (Brad Hanson, unfortunately, not of The Hansons).

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28 Comments:

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous OPEN REAL DEBATES said...

Time to accept a scripted Presidential "debate" yet again?
Brought to you by your "good friends" on Wall Street.

No USA Main Street Paul or Nader,
nor Cynthia McKinney...

 
At 1:31 AM, Anonymous me said...

"the National Enquirer dared McCain to follow through with his threat to sue them

Who would have thought that I'd be singing the praises of the National Enquirer, and recommending that people read it?

C'mon, you chickenshit bastard! Sue them!

 
At 4:54 AM, Anonymous teach said...

My worst nightmare is to have McCain and Obama come out and say the same things in the debate.

This whole unity thing only goes so far.

What a mess John McCain is. Obama needs to hammer him.

 
At 7:01 AM, Blogger Liz said...

If you are suddenly getting a lot of Twitter requests it's because you made the Huffington Post!!! Yay!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/24/mccains-debate-suspension_n_129028.html

 
At 8:13 AM, Anonymous Molly Douthett said...

Palin's alleged affair would be so much cooler if it were with one of THE Hansons, although those young men seem to have some scruples.

 
At 8:26 AM, Anonymous KSH said...

I think it's totally a political stunt and am behind Obama 100%; that said, I wouldn't use a self-selecting, not-scientific poll to make a point. You can do better than that.

 
At 8:26 AM, Blogger ChuckPeterka said...

What are you, McCain, Chicken?
-
Thank to Biff Tannin of "Back to the Future" for that great line.

 
At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing about Obama's lack of experience that is never mentioned is that a good cabinet and advisors bring more experience in toto than any one person can have. And since Barak seems smart, level headed and not an egomaniac like Bush, he will (hopefully) listen to his advisors' opinions before making a decision. We don't need another gut-level president.

But it's all moot since the GOP election stealing machine is better than the Dems. And BushCo has way too much to lose if a non-gang member takes over the absurd new unitary executive powers.

E Pleb Neesta

 
At 2:18 PM, Blogger SadButTrue said...

Speaking of Back to the Future Chuck, that gives me a metaphor to work. Remember the climax of Back to the Future III? Yeah, the part where they drove a locomotive off a cliff on the premise that a bridge that didn't exist in 1885 would be there in 1985.

Somehow this investment by the government in bogus paper on the premise that it is currently undervalued and will eventually be worth something in time fits that scenario. But I'm sure I needn't remind you that this is reality, not science fiction.

E Pleb Neesta fits damned well too. Good on ya anonymous. Live long and prosper.

 
At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could not be more wrong! Take the liberal glasses off that are blinding you. The American people don't want this thing crammed through so it is actually turning McCain's way.

 
At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Free Xbox 360 said...

Yup. Good article. Totally agree.

 
At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and your poll numbers are wrong. The race is tied at 46%. Which is up from when McCain pulled "his stunt". Don't cook the numbers because you are still crying about Gore losing!

 
At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Idontblameshift said...

Dumb article. You have your facts wrong all over the place. Bush's approval rating is @30%. Not good, but better than the Democratically controlled congress at 18%.

Do you think nothing Obama does is polically motivated? You people are deluding yourselves.

you people are feeding each other crap

 
At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain is being thrown under the bus by the Republican Party becuase they know there is a good chance they will lose this race.

He is the only candicate I have seen in my years of following politics who can follow a bad decision by a horrible decision.

He thought he would win women over with the Palin pick and distract everyone from looking at him... well, not this women.

Women like myself have come under attack for NOT supporting Palin as the VP candidate.

I have had men send me emails telling me that I must be some sort womens rights activist, and women mad at me if I do not support Palin, then how will she win the VP role. The great news is, these are the exceptions, not the rule. When I remind them that McCain is running for President, they usually frown and want to change the subject.

Most women I talk with every day make sound decisions with their Family, Community and future on their mind. Therefore, most women do not support McCain or Palin for President and Vice President. Most Men I know have too many issues with McCain / Palin to list here.

I want a President and Vice President who are smart, strong, sensible, experienced, thoughtful and healthy enough to hold the two most important jobs in our Democracy. No, that does not make me an elitist. I have been accused of being Elite becuase I admire intelligence and strength. Please folks!

I want the people teaching my Children Algebra at school to be GREAT at Algebra. The smarter, the better please!

I want the Doctor treating my husband’s high blood pressure to be the best doctor available to me. I want my husband to live.

When I make the choice for President and Vice President a few short weeks from now, I am going to select the team that has the best balance of strength, diplomacy, honesty, character, experience, and yes, intelligence. Why, because that is what is best for my family, my community, and our future.

Obama & Biden.

 
At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just one of many of McCains stunts.
Keep in mind that McCaain was the lead man for all deregulation which now bitting the tax payer, and they all want to bail AIG out for the tax payer to pay the bill.
Richard,

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger Mike said...

I took this another way - McCain was very deliberate in this move. He intentionally needed a stall, because his camp's intention was to bump the VP debate's timeslot. This is a HUGE WIN for those crooks and liars because Biden would surely mop the floor with Sarah "Hockey Mom Retard" Palin.

 
At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

not tryin to be ugly here but your stats are bogus...i am not a bushy but 19% is off the nat. av. by more than 10%...you only love credibility...i lose interest and turn the page cause i know im about to read some bloated BS

 
At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

palin told mccain that jesus told her:
"just sit tight and don't say or do anything until i return"

 
At 6:52 PM, Blogger joshyMinor said...

LOL, McBush is an idiot plain and simple. He either makes it up as he goes along, or just outright LIES. Who needs a man whose word means NOTHING in the White House. I cant believe anyone with a single ounce of common sense would consider McBush or even take him seriously for that matter.

Jiff
http://www.privacy.es.tc

 
At 7:09 PM, Blogger Titi said...

Wake up people- who do you think started this path of destruction for YOU as future taxpayers- don't look at Bush look back a little farther...just ask yourself why the execs at Merrill Lynch, Lehman Bros etc contributed more to Obama than McCain????

 
At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear a lot of people saying the debates are going to be very important for this election.

I think that's crap. Sure, they absolutely SHOULD mean a lot. But people don't watch them.

I distinctly remember the 2004 debates. Kerry obliterated George Bush in all three debates. He had better answers, knew the facts, and shut Bush out.

But Bush still won the election.

There's no hope against people that mindlessly vote based on a singular issue. It's like the "Pro-Lifers" that absolutely will not vote for a president that's pro-choice. I mean, come on people! There's so many more issues than that. The abortion issue is so disproportionally important to so many (actually important) issues.

There's no hope because the Republicans flat-out lie about the Democrats and Obama, and they're left unchecked. They lie, and keep lying, and all you can do is say "That's not true!" But the Republicans know you can't un-ring a bell. There's people that STILL think that Obama is a muslim, or that Palin had no teleprompter at the convention.

All we can hope is that there's JUST enough people to vote Democrat and that the Republicans don't steal too many votes.

I with you had to take a "basic knowledge" quiz before you could vote. Democrats would win every time.

 
At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the author realizes that good news is the most difficult to sell, that their are mobs of people eager to read the bad news about someone other than themselves. This author needs money to support self and family so choose the low hanging grapes and with generalizations and vague statements to created a bad news story. Count the number of specific facts with supporting, solid references verses the vague words and terms the author cited.

Would a reasonable person consider this article news supported by facts or rumor supported by assumptions. Then read the tenor of the comments with the article. Would a reasonable person conclude all these people are without fault and therefore free to toss the rocks they are verbally tossing?

Read these comments, count the number of vague terms used to describe events and people. If news is supported by specific information and rumors by vague descriptions, how would a reasonable person characterize the comments being made?

Jim

 
At 11:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you are a liberal or a Demoncrat, anything a Republican does has to be attacked. It doesn't really matter what he does or doesn't do because leberals and closed minded people don't want to turn the penny over and see the other side of an issue or someone's motives. The truth is, if McCane can't get the Republicans to get together with the Democrats and figure this crisis out, and if they can't fix it, then WE ALL LOSE and the financial institutions with panic, foreign investors that have way too much money invested in America will take their money and run when they think America is unstable. Most financial experts will agree that would send this country into a DEPRESSION, not recession..the likes of which is deeper or more destructive than the first depression. It's time to stop pointing fingers at whose to blame and it's time to stop playing politics and do what most in government don't want to do but it is the only thing to do. So instead of pointing fingers tell Congress to get the problem taken care of NOW! We cannot even imagine the trouble we will all be in if this does not get fixed immediately. McCane putting campaigning aside to work with his party on this is the right thing to do and you sir, should respect that decision without mocking him.

 
At 3:15 AM, Anonymous web hustler said...

McCain is a lying coward. I'm also surprised at the number of idiots who actually think that McCain is suspending his campaign to work on the economy. Use your brains people!

 
At 4:17 AM, Blogger WEF said...

As usual, McCain is all talk and full of hot air. There was a time when I thought McCain would be reasonable, but lately it seems like he is completely off his rocker and just not to be trusted. Comments welcome: http://whenelephantsfly.blogspot.com

 
At 8:32 AM, Anonymous khager said...

MCCAIN IS A FOOL AND A LIAR. I CANNOT FATHOM ANY AMERICAN IN THEIR RIGHT MIND BELIEVING THAT THIS CLOWN CAN RUN THE COUNTRY. BUT THEN THERE IS ALWAYS SARAH PALIN.

 
At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

its too bad Bush cant run again. Most Americans are stupid enough to vote for him again.

 
At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Mike said...

McCain does have great charismatic.

 

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