Friday, October 10, 2008


No Panic, Just Depression

Ace suggests that panic is not the answer: "We're behind. McCain has been dunderheaded, well-nigh suicidal, in his poltiical instincts. If political malpractice were a crime, he and his senior advisers would be facing 20 years at Leavenworth, and whoever decided that we mustn't confront the Democrats on the subprime crisis would actually be facing the gallows."

I don't think Ace gets it. I'm not suggesting panic, just that McCain is not on the same page with Ace and likely Republicans in general. The video (no longer available?) of McCain at a Wisconsin rally yesterday shows someone from the crowd suggest McCain fight for them and McCain promises to do so. The problem is that the supporter and the candidate are talking about two different fights.

McCain is going to fight by crossing party lines when necessary and taking a bi-partisan approach to doing what he feels is right. Republicans believe there are issues which need to be emphasized by McCain, as Ace notes: "But these are explosive issues, powerful issues, and potentially winning issues. They can break through at almost any moment. Indeed, it seems we have an embarrassment of riches as far as negatives on Obama -- so much so we're arguing among ourselves which should take precedence."

This is not the fight McCain is promising. He could still push things but I'm afraid he will not. I'd like to be proven wrong but I think McCain passes on the opportunity at next weeks debate and in that case Obama will likely coast to victory with perhaps another reassuring Rev. Wright type speech if necessary. Obama has bought a half-hour of air time from CBS and is looking for additional air time elsewhere.


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