Monday, September 29, 2008

McCain needs to save himself

If I was in the McCain camp, I'd have an informal message to the House GOP: thanks for just freeing up my calendar for the next 35 days, since now my candidate has got no need to campaign any further.

Seriously--maybe this is why he normally saves his best jabs for conservatives.

NOW DON'T GET ME WRONG: I don't think the markets are going to fall off the face of the planet. And I also think that Speaker Pelosi was absolutely positively in the wrong to take the tone that she did at that critical juncture.

But there was more at stake than "a spirit of bipartisanship" today. An entire Presidential campaign was on the line.

Not anymore.

Taking vengeance against Pelosi's comments did NOT have to be done today, nor did it have to be done in this manner.

But what's done is done. The House GOP made their bed, and now they'll have to sleep with it. And in November, they can look forward to having fewer beds in the Capitol.

If I was McCain, I'd get out of that hotel as soon as possible.

All is not lost yet. . .but there's only one window available now. Now that the GOP will be (wrongly but loudly) claimed to be the source of the problem and (rightly and loudly) claimed as the reason this problem continues, McCain must do that which he has not done yet:

He must take his spirit of bipartisanship and put it in the closet for the next 35 days.

He must point out how the DEMS, starting in 1999 and continuing all the way through to today when Madame Speaker just had to "go there", have been the driving force behind this crunch. He must point out all the great research that has been done on Frank, and Dodd, and Reid, etc. He must paint the Dems as the party of special interests, the party of ACORN (which has no small role in today's economic troubles), and the party of "look the other way" oversight.

You know who else could make this argument? President George W. Bush.

They are the only two Republicans that could command enough of an audience to make such an argument even the least bit of an attention-grabber.

CAN they do it? Well, I don't know. It's not like the press will help them at all, and to say that making such an argument is second-nature to either of these men is. . .a bit of a stretch.

But honestly, this is McCain's last chance. He looks like a failure in "getting things done" (thanks again, House GOP) in a spirit of bipartisanship in DC.

His only hope now is to show how the DEMS are not only the reason for the hyperpartisanship that exists in DC now, but also he must show that they are culpable for the fears that we're experiencing throughout the economic sector.

It won't be enough to say "look what I did to try to stop this." He MUST start putting blame out there, and showing the fool's errand that bipartisanship is when working with this particular group of Dems.

Godspeed, Sen. McCain. I wish you luck!


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