12 comments on “Evasive Maneuvering

  1. Could you imagine what would’ve happened had Sen. Obama tried to pull this stunt? How can one candidate go from believing the recession was a figment of our imagination to being a person trying to catch the next plane to Washington because of the same fairy tale recession?

    You’re right Dre. Apparently John McCain can do no wrong.

  2. McCain is desperate. This smacks of political opportunism and showboating in all the wrong ways. If he was serious about this, he would have suspended his campaign days ago to make sure tomorrow’s deadline is met.

    McCain has pulled this straight out of the Bush playbook for starting the war in Iraq, and passing the Patriot Act before that. This is disgusting, vile, naked political ambition contrary to patriotic ideals. Bush’s men, and McCain’s actions today are nothing short of treason. A week ago there was no economic crisis according to them. Now there is, and it needs to be handled their way, right now, or America is doomed. That is tripe, and we Americans know it. Bush and McCain = Traitors to America.

    The debate is the opportunity for the American people to see these guys outside of their political adds. They can take a few hours out of one day of the week to handle that; even relocating the debate to DC. McCain is dodging the debate, and exacerbating the crisis that he refused to acknowledge as recently as this week. He is a complete fraud. Millions of voters were hurt by this over the last year as their mortgages crushed them, and their jobs were shipped overseas. McCain clearly only cares now because Cindy’s vast fortune, and the fortunes of his top aids/lobbyists took a hit this week.

  3. John McCain is simply showing the same maverick personality that he has been demostrating all these years. Nobama is a newbie who didn’t even have the common and practical sense to choose a running mate reflective of what the Dum-o-crats wanted.

    McCain/Palin ’08!

  4. @ Kenya: Without a doubt, things would have been monumentally different if Obama pulled this same stunt. He’d be labeled a coward who’s scared to face the issues and who is trying to trump McCain as the new “American Hero”. It’s a joke.

    @ Jon: “Millions of voters were hurt by this over the last year as their mortgages crushed them, and their jobs were shipped overseas. McCain clearly only cares now because Cindy’s vast fortune, and the fortunes of his top aids/lobbyists took a hit this week.

    Hmmm. Interesting point.

    @ Anonymous: If you’ve always been a McCain supporter, this strategy wasn’t necessary for you. But just by virtue of the fact that he was just being his typical maverick self, I think his move worked. Clearly McCain is selling himself off as the candidate who is putting “Country First.” He wants to suggest that while he’s taking one for the good ole US of A, Obama is greedily trying to win the election.

    To steal Bush’s phrase, if McCain wanted to cloak his intentions, mission accomplished.

  5. You are clearly missing the point. John McCain’s decision to go to Washington has absolutely nothing to do with politics. He has made a selfless decision to go to Washington – the very source (and possible answer) to this mess. With his numbers slipping, he could have pushed more aggressively to get his momentum back. But instead, he’s putting his country first and trying to fix this problem. Along with when he was a brave POW, this is a good example of him being a true patriot. Meanwhile, Obama just wants to talk. Typical.

  6. But instead, he’s putting his country first and trying to fix this problem.

    Fixing it by doing what? I don’t claim to be the foremost authority on civics. But even I know that Congressional staffers do most of the work during times like these. They’re the ones who draft most of the speeches and do the leg work prior to the vote. So if McCain wants to do his part, fine. Tell him to show up, get counted, and vote. But when he does, he needs to hop on his private jet and get down to Mississippi. He should have no problem making that kind of trip. Technological advances (which McCain apparently doesn’t get) allows elected officials to get a lot of work done even if they are not physically in the building. In light of that, Obama was absolutely correct: multitasking is mandatory for the position of President. With all these advancements, it’s certainly doable.

    Besides all of that, I’m sorry: but Congress waiting around for McCain will not avert the crisis we’re facing. In fact, given the complexity of the issue, the LAST person I’d want getting involved is a dude who openly professes that he doesn’t know jack about the issue.

  7. Let’s not forget that it was McCain who was talkin’ a bunch of smack about Obama not debating him in town hall meetings. Now he wants to pull out of a NATIONAL DEBATE?! That’s some funny stuff.

  8. Dre, before I forget I’m curious to know. Are you apart of the 31% for, the 33% against, or the 29% unsure about this bailout?

    +/- 5 points.

  9. In the word of the great Stephen Colbert, “What better way to appear Presidential than to suspend your Presidential campaign?”

    Sure, some will fall for McCain’s BS, but most Americans do see that McCain & Obama being @ the WH for the bail-out “decision-making”, as if they have any input in the matter, is all for show, right? Right? RIGHT?!?!? *Sigh*

    Damn it. 😉

    Opting out of these debates, if any of it actually happens, is ridiculous. Exactly what will McCain prance off & do instead? “Deal” w/ the economy? How exactly will he do so when he’s still just a insy-weensy-itty-bitty Senator that has absolutely no pull in the matter (the same can be said for Obama, of course, although he isn’t yet pulling this illusion out of his bag o’ tricks; in fact, his statement that “Presidents should be capable of multitasking” was both spot on, & funnnny).? I understand his intentions, as letting Palin off her leash to face of against, of all people Joe Biden, is almost certain to spell disaster. But what I don’t get is how this here-we-go-again ploy is sailing far above the heads of most Americans. *Shrug*

    Btw, this is the second time I’ve seen you call for Obama to fire those behind him. Why the hate? You’re beginning to remind me of a New England Patriot fan complaining that their team just blew a game after being 22 & 2 over the last 24. 😛

    -n

  10. @ KC: As a matter of fact, I’m in the AGAINST crowd. The way I see it is simple: this bailout is nothing more a welfare system for corporations. In a society that essentially turns its nose up to most welfare systems, we’re suddenly supposed to run out into the streets, tearing our garments, and tossing our money into bailing out companies used by politicians to get personal hooks. To coin a term from Gov. Palin, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

    Sorry y’all. I couldn’t resist at least one more shot at Palin.

  11. @ Nic: “this is the second time I’ve seen you call for Obama to fire those behind him. Why the hate?

    While I think Obama’s race and the addition of Sarah Palin has kept this race unnervingly close, Obama’s campaign getting mauled by the GOP has also played a significant role. Between the gaffes, the hypocrisy, and the blunders McCain and his crew have made, this thing should be over. I can appreciate some of the latest attacks, but the Obama camp in general has been far too lenient and polite. This isn’t what I had in mind when I made my campaign contributions.

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