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Still pissed

Those of you who have been around here much know that when I get really pissed about something, I can’t blog much.  So that’s where I am now and why it’s been pretty quiet around here today.  I’m completely spun up about this McCain-deciding-not-to-debate thing.  I know I wrote about this yesterday, but I think it bears some more attention.  I will say it again:  McCain’s move is the equivalent of calling in question someone’s patriotism  because they don’t wear a flag pin.  Saying, as McCain did, that, “We must show (the) kind of patriotism now” that we did after 9/11 as an excuse to cancel the debates is nothing more than hiding behind the flag for political gain.  And he should be ashamed.

Obama’s response, essentially that this is exactly the time when people should be hearing how the next President would handle this crisis, is, by any measure, more sane.  McCain has shown an alarming tendency recently to go completely off his rocker.  Calling Putin the President of Germany, calling for the resignation of the Chairman of the FEC, and dissing Spain are just three examples.  Let’s not even go into Palin territory.  And now the man who essentially demanded that Obama share the stage with him at Town Hall meetings is running away from sharing the stage with Obama at a debate.  Huh.

I love what Robert Gibbs of the Obama campaign had to say:

My sense is there’s going to be a stage, a moderator, an audience and at least one presidential candidate.

Maybe Obama will do a Town Hall, after all.

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Political Grandstanding: debate as flag pin

I hate this kind of crap.  Here’s what happened, as far as I can tell:

Wednesday morning:  Without talking to the press, Obama calls McCain and suggests that they issue a joint statement on the economy.  Obama, who is *leading* in the polls on this issue (and in general, I might add), had nothing to gain on this.  He thought it was the right thing to do and was reaching out to McCain.

Wednesday afternoon:  McCain calls back to say, “Great idea.”  McCain, who has everything to gain from this, then one ups Obama and ALERTS THE MEDIA that he will be suspending all campaigning after Thursday when he will return to Washington to “focus on the nation’s financial problems.”  And oh, by the way, he suggests that he is reaching out to the Obama campaign to try and reschedule Friday’s debate so that everyone can stay focused on the economy. 

What bullshit.  McCain has now put Obama, who originally reached out to him out of goodwill, in a no win situation:

1.  Say “yes” and appear to the average, non-think-for-yourself American as if he is following McCain’s lead; or

2.  Say “no” and appear as if he is choosing politics over the good of the American people.

McCain’s a jackass who, incidentally, still wants three debates.  This debate schedule was agreed to *last* November, folks.  Tell me where they’re gonna stick in another one.  And tell me who’s gonna pay for all the logistics to reschedule this one?  And what about the citizens who have tickets?  And the journalists and bloggers who are scheduled to cover it?  What about their economy? 

I know, I sound harsh, but there’s a lot to think about here.  And I think John McCain is simply grandstanding.  He’s trying to score political points, trying to seem concerned to distract attention away from the fact that he has no plan to solve this crisis.  He had a disastrous week last week in which he called for both the firing of the chairman of the SEC (which the Pres can’t do) and the resignation of the head of the FEC (what?).  He was against regulation before he was for it.  It was bad and now he’s trying to figure out a way to crawl out of that hole with these antics.  We shouldn’t let him get away with it.  This is the equivalent of the flag pin.  Don’t let it distract you.

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