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McCain Meltdown

By Tyler S. Clark (Contact)

Published October 13, 2008

It's been fascinating to watch the conservative punditry pile on the McCain campaign over the last week or so. Bill KristolGeorge WillDavid Frum and others are all wondering about the focus and discipline missing from McCain. He'll attack on the trail, but in a face-to-face debate confrontation, he refused to pursue the same attacks.

I guess McCain shouldn't have made such an emphasis on Obama embracing "The Surge." Obama's surge in the polls appears insurmountable, with only three weeks left until the election. It won't be any easier to catch up with an economic plan jumping from idea to idea, seeing what will stick. The false character attacks on Obama, a tested Republican strategy since the days of Nixon, aren't taking hold during a time when voters are fearfully watching the economy.

In the meantime, the McCain camp have backed themselves into a corner by riling up rallies and being forced to defend Obama against its rabid, blood-thirsty supporters. In one event, McCain actually had to say, "He is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared [of] as President of the United States." When you have to spend time debating your supporters on the merits of your opponent rather than hitting your message, then you're doing something wrong.

Though many bloggers and conservative writers have expressed sympathy for Sarah Palin after the roller coaster she experienced from the highs of her convention debut to the lows of her nightly news interviews, the person I feel sorry for is John McCain. I suspect somewhere inside is a man who wants to run an honorable campaign. However, he hired the dirtiest advisors to run his campaign, so he shouldn't be surprised at how it's turned out.

When you sacrifice your principles to win at all costs, the McCain campaign is what you get: a top-ticket candidate whose instincts are at odds with his advisors and a Vice-Presidential candidate chosen for her gender and born-again bona fides. It's starting to look like a rout is in order, and at this point it's hard to feel like McCain and his party don't deserve what they get.


1epicfail(217 comments)posted 6 years, 12 months ago

Another surprising endorsement against McCain was by Christopher Hitchens...


That one threw me for a loop when I saw it.

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2tylersclark(182 comments)posted 6 years, 12 months ago

It's hard to follow Hitchens's political posturing these days, but in this article he delivers one of the sternest and most honest rebukes of the McCain-Palin ticket I've read. Thanks for pointing it out.

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3cambridge(3467 comments)posted 6 years, 12 months ago

The only reason McSame is stopping the inflammatory lies about Obama is because it didn't work. I don't believe there is a decent man inside McSame. If that strategy had worked he would have kept it up.

As far as him now defending Obama, to little to late. He already sold his sole. Time for a change.

Obama 08!

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4andersonathan(682 comments)posted 6 years, 12 months ago

Just the thought of Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Dodd, Schumer, Reid, Franks, Kerry, Kennedy in a almost unstoppable bill writing and spending spree. Makes me ILL.

And if that don't convince you, Try Ayers, Wright, Phleger, Johnson, Frank Davis, Rezko, Auchi. Khalidi, Odinga, Farrakhan.

Then add in Infacide and abortion, gun control. the simple fact of off shore drilling, Nuclear power, clean coal.

I can't believe any one is supporting this man.

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5cambridge(3467 comments)posted 6 years, 12 months ago

McSame picking Sarah McScary certainly does speak volumes about his judgment.

The Republicans had their chance and their record speaks for itself. Time for a change.

Obama 08!

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6tylersclark(182 comments)posted 6 years, 12 months ago

@andersonathan: The shocking thing for me is that people believe the lies being sold about Obama's stands on abortion and gun control, etc., not to mention the transparent fear-mongering RE: Ayers, et. al.

@lost: McCain's campaign has spoken volumes about the man and his judgement. As @cambridge says, his Vice Presidential selection says volumes about where his priority lies, and it's not country first.

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7George412(161 comments)posted 6 years, 12 months ago

It's been said on this blog before, a quick search at factcheck.org (a non-partisan site) will help voters who want to be informed separate the truth from the spin and the lies. The question then is whether or not the voters who are posting the same lies about Obama over and over truly want to be informed.

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8jfuze0905(80 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

"The question then is whether or not the voters who are posting the same lies about Obama over and over truly want to be informed."

I suppose the same question could be posed for those that are not McCain supporters...

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9George412(161 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

I don't see any Obama supporters posting blantant lies, gossip, and misrepresentations about McCain here.

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10averagejoblo(4 comments)posted 6 years, 11 months ago

It's a complete shock to the Republicans that the Obama campaign is ahead in the polls despite the GOP's dirty ads, robocalls, and all the other negative tactics they spend big money on, in order to try to get voters to Not think about the issues. This isn't 2000, when Clinton had our economy vibrantly humming along, with a balanced budget, a trade surplus of $79 Billion, and we were on track to pay off all National debt by 2012. Life was good for Americans, so we were an easy target for the Republican's vote rigging, negative campaigning, and their specialty, misinformation. This is 2008, our economy was almost destroyed by 8 years of big spending and lack of money management common sense, we are deeper in debt than ever, not even including the $500 Billion we owe Communist China for the Treasury Bonds President Bush had to peddle to them, to hide the terrible state of our economy. The 10 million people who have lost their jobs over the last 8 years, and the 4+ million people who have lost their homes are going to have a hard time caring about who was in a room painting walls for poor people with Obama, when putting food on the table or paying for a visit to a doctor are becoming insurmountable problems. 2008 has so many Americans on the internet now, as well, making it much more difficult to lie about issues, voting records, and candidates in general. With people's ability to search out facts for themselves on the internet, the media's "pundits" have less effect on our thinking, and decisions. I thank God for the internet, because without it we probably would have had 4 more years of Bush/Republican policies of throwing all our tax money at Big Oil/Big Business, while average Americans are completely ignored.

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