Thursday, September 25, 2008

You Can't Suspend Your Presidency In The Face Of A Crisis

What an incredibly dumb move by John McCain to shut down his campaign amid swirling economic uncertainty in the States. This presidential race is about choosing which man Americans want to tackle the economic crisis - now, more than ever, is when the candidates should be presenting their plans to the people.

The fact is, there's only so much McCain can do as a Senator - he can do a lot more to end the crisis as a President (In theory - I'm not saying he would...). If he wants to leave the campaign trail to focus on this, fine, that makes a certain degree of sense, but to tell your team to stop campaigning, fundraising, and running ads? That won't make a lick of difference and all it does is give Obama a monopoly on the ground and in the air.

I get what McCain was trying to do, but there was no need to do it and it's just bad politics.

hat tip - C



  • CG, your labels slay me. I usually ignore them on other blogs, but I always make it a point to read them at the end of your posts. Hilarious.

    By Blogger Mike514, at 10:44 p.m.  

  • McCain the warrior is now trying to be a finance wizard

    McCain derails Wall Street bailout plans
    With agreement in sight, Republican presidential nominee starts over, leaving Democrats saying, "It's hard to imagine where we go from here"

    Thursday, September 25, 2008

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiations toward a massive bailout for Wall Street fell into disarray Thursday after Democrats said they learned in a White House meeting that presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is backing a new plan differing markedly from one that has been under discussion.

    Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee and a participant in the afternoon White House meeting, said negotiations could be seriously set back.

    "House Republicans, in some kind of arrangement, with McCain went off to wherever. I don't know whether they're ready to negotiate this. Their thing was some totally different mortgage insurance plan ... that would clearly delay this for a week or more," Frank told reporters.

    A group of conservative House Republicans Thursday offered a mortgage insurance plan as an alternative to the Bush plan, which has encountered criticism on Capitol Hill.

    The conservative group's plan calls for the U.S. government to offer insurance coverage for the roughly half of all mortgage-backed securities that it does not already insure.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 10:47 p.m.  

  • I kind of feel bad for McCain - it's not really his fault that the economy has tanked but, being the Republican, he's going to get tagged with it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:22 p.m.  

  • Great Post!

    Incredible Cartoon Image. We need humour at a time like this.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:23 p.m.  

  • Actually his campaign hasn't "shut down". According to news reports yesterday, print as well as T.V., everything continues, ads, staff still working in every state, etc. & Palin's still out there.

    The only difference is that McCain is in Washington to so-called "help" with the Wall Street problem, making it worse as you know, & isn't out there stumping - on the campaign trail.

    But he is in the news constantly including giving a speech, televised, yesterday, can't remember where. So in reality nothing has changed.

    I, for one, think he is using the "delay the debate" as he is not ready & neither is Palin for the VP debate. He's just trying to buy time. He's tanking in the polls & will probably tank more after the debate.

    By Blogger penlan, at 5:52 a.m.  

  • penlan

    he isnt scared

    he is the one who wanted more debates in the first place.

    the reasoning behind this is simple...

    Everybody and their dog thought Obama was better on the economy.

    McCain needed a game-changer like he did with Palin

    While I dont qualify this as a game-changer, it is definitely a channel-changer.

    Will it work?

    Who knows really. The entire fourth estate thought he was insane last time for picking Palin, and it put him right back in the race.

    By Blogger Anthony, at 9:28 a.m.  

  • antonio,

    And Palin is tanking. She is now being ridiculed by the MSM, bloggers, etc. for her media interviews where she seems to be incapable of answering an important question coherently. She just seems to get worse & worse.

    Just saying what I'm seeing.

    And McCain wanted town hall debates with Obama, not more one on one debates in front of the nation.

    By Blogger penlan, at 10:12 a.m.  

  • "You Can't Suspend Your Presidency In The Face Of A Crisis"

    Actually McCain is NOT president - yet. Nor is Obama. Who currently looks like a sulky child because the financial crisis is stealing all the headlines and he wants to have a debate. While McCain is rolling up his sleeves and trying to find a solution.

    The topic for tonight's debate is foreign policy, and apparently it cannot be changed to, say, the economy. Do you really think people in America who are currently worrying about their mortgages, their homes, their savings accounts, their retirement accounts, and probably even their jobs, do you really think anyone cares at this point what Obama thinks of foreign policy ????

    This is a home run for McCain.

    By Blogger jad, at 11:45 a.m.  

  • Unbelievable. The Quebec Chamber of Commerce gave stephane dion a standing ovation on Sept 25. Miracles are possible. Act II?

    By Blogger JimTan, at 11:50 a.m.  

  • jad - Come on. Suspending the debate is ridiculous. What can McCain do himself at this point to solve this problem...there's already some indications that his precense in Washington only worsened things (that's probably spin).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:21 p.m.  

  • It felt surprising to me that McCain did something like this... it's a very indifferent, very aloof image for a candidate during a crisis. I mean, come on - we all know he's not "rolling up his sleeves", he's just showboating. He's a man who respects honor and courage, I don't think this idea exhibited either.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 3:57 p.m.  

  • Just because they are applying for a new job, you figure these senators shouldn't do the job they already have? The current crisis should put the election on the back burner for now - might be nice for there to still be a USA to be president of.

    By Blogger ScottS, at 6:15 p.m.  

  • On the foreign policy debate tonite, McCain blew it. He was name dropping and he got the name of the new Pakistan President (Asif Ali Zardari ) wrong. He pulled some non-Pakistani name from out of his hat. God Help America!

    By Blogger JimTan, at 11:24 p.m.  

  • Neither one of them blew it tonight, in my opinion.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 6:15 a.m.  

  • “Neither one of them blew it tonight, in my opinion.”

    Sorry, man! Got to disagree with you as usual.

    McCain needed to blow Obama away in foreign policy, his area of 'expertise'.

    2 quick polls give Obama edge in debate

    A pair of one-night polls gave Barack Obama a clear edge over John McCain in their first presidential debate.

    Fifty-one percent said Obama, the Democrat, did a better job in Friday night's faceoff while 38 percent preferred the Republican McCain, according to a CNN-Opinion Research Corp. survey of adults.

    Obama was widely considered more intelligent, likable and in touch with peoples' problems, and by modest margins was seen as the stronger leader and more sincere. Most said it was McCain who spent more time attacking his opponent.

    About six in 10 said each did a better job than expected. Seven in 10 said each seemed capable of being president.

    In a CBS News poll of people not committed to a candidate, 39 percent said Obama won the debate, 24 percent said McCain and 37 percent called it a tie. Twice as many said Obama understands their needs than said so about McCain.

    Seventy-eight percent said McCain is prepared to be president, about the same proportion of uncommitted voters as said so before the debate. Sixty percent said Obama is ready — a lower score than McCain, but a solid 16-percentage-point improvement from before the debate.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 11:50 p.m.  

  • McCain remembers that his "Day Job" is as a Senator. Campaigning takes place while away from the Senate.

    Obama thinks that the Senate is nothing more than an annoyance to attend (and vote "Present" about 100 times) while collecting a paycheque.

    Personally, I'd rather have someone who knows what their priorities are. Especially if, like me, their priority is to find a solution to one of the most problematic events of the decade.

    Others seem to prefer someone who'd rather spend the day working on their stump speech.

    By Blogger Paul, at 8:18 p.m.  

  • It won't really have success, I consider so.

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