Let’s Call the Whole Thing (Temporarily) Off

McCain says “tomato” and then he says “tomoto”, why not temporarily suspend the campaign so he can get his story straight? Remember last week when the economy was fundamentally sound? Now it is in such dire straits that he has postponed his campaign and tomorrow night’s presidential debates so he can crash his straight talk express into Washington and solve the problems afflicting his campaign.


Just look at the numbers of a recent Washington Post/ABC poll showing that McCain is behind by nine points nationally. Another two polls show him behind in Michigan. This isn’t the firs time, though, that McCain has reacted to an Obama lead by threatening to suspend campaigning. He did it right after the DNC Convention when he delayed the GOP Convention. The excuse then was bad weather, but we all know that the McCain team desperately needed to keep W. from speaking.

This also isn’t the first time that McCain has showed his rash, shoot ‘m up judgment on the campaign trail. He did, of course, name Sarah Palin has his running mate, and now has done everything possible to keep her from answering questions. As a matter of fact, his proposal is to postpone tomorrow’s elections until next Thursday, swapping it with the scheduled Vice Presidential Debate. Another smooth move to keep Palin from opening up.

As I have mentioned, even conservative commentator George Will has been critical of McCain’s un-presidential demeanor — especially on calling to fire the chairmen of the SEC. Recently, he wrote,

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?

Earlier this week, John McCain slammed Obama (as he has done in ads), alleging that Obama would be fiscally irresponsbile and increase government spending . This would be lethal to the country during this economic crisis, leading us into a recession. I am not more of an economicst than John McCain, but if I remember anything of Keynsisan economics from the four or five econ courses I have taken, government spending (especially in infrastructure) is precisely what gets a country out of a recession. How would McCain lead?

  • Name America’s most un-experienced governor with her shiny new passport as Vice President
  • Temporarily suspend the GOP Convention so that it could be re-scripted (No Bush, yeah Palin)
  • Call the economy sound, then call it a dire
  • Threaten to fire people who can’t be fired by law
  • Suspend the campaign, postpone a debate, postpone even further Palin’s debate, by some time.
  • Say that these decisions are not political, they’re all “Country First”.

Isn’t it ironic that a guy who is calling himself a nonpartisan and a leader, unilaterally postpones the presidential debate, the campaign, and threatens Congress to crash the event? That doesn’t make things political, does it? It’s interesting that McCain’s only tactic left to re-ignite his campaign is to suspend it.

The polls indicated that amongst white voters, the educated will vote for Obama and the less educated for McCain. As my mother told me the other day, we’ll soon learn who is in the majority in America. If I were president, the first thing on my agenda would be “No American Left Behind”.


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