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September 26, 2008
McCain to the Rescue?
Results Are Long Overdue for Mr. Maverick
Mr. McCain goes to Washington to save the country from big business
mistakes. Why did the Arizona senator make the bold decision to suspend
his campaign and return to Capitol Hill where he is indispensable to
rescuing the economy? Because he is an old Navy pilot who knows when you
need all hands on deck, or so he told the press.
The time for cute analogies – lipstick on pit bulls and all – has
passed. It’s time to stop pulling the wool over constituents eyes,
insisting that being a POW or whatever experience from McCain’s eight
decades his campaign is harping on now is just what we need. All
spending bills originate in the House of Representatives presently,
controlled by the Democrats, not the Senate. So McCain’s trip has less
to offer than he would have voters believe. Not to mention that in this
high-stakes and high-pressure environment, his feigned expertise on the
subject, and his long history of changing his positions will distract
and annoy lawmakers from both parties in a race against the clock.
Having previously warned against the economic and moral catastrophe that
governmental regulation was sure to bring, McCain is now a populist. He
is also a cunning man who knows how to use an inconvenient situation to
his advantage. Landing in Oxford, Mississippi at the last minute to tell
100 million viewers about the Republican objections to the bailout, from
his perspective of course, would be just another day in the life of
McCain the Maverick.
This type of publicity heroics, complete with MSNBC speculation and
voter attention (let’s be honest, most of us have no idea what’s been
going on with bailout negotiations until the past few days), is risky,
but holds the promise of a large reward for McCain. Given the progress
in science, another four decades of McCain telling the world about his
bold move to rescue the American economy above his presidential ambition
should not surprise anyone.
What would be even more impressive is if the connection
between “I went to Washington” and the results were clearer. Given that
the Economic Policy Institute reports executive officers of companies in
need of bailout are making 275 times their workers’ salary, and state
and city governments around the country are bleeding themselves dry
(pre-$700 billion in surprise expenditures), results are way overdue.
McCain went home for the night, did multiple network interviews, but has
no time for the debate? Prioritizing is a good thing, but knowing the
extent of your influence is better. Witness how much he angered David
Letterman when he canceled his appearance on his late night show because
“he was racing back to Washington” and instead appeared in a Katie
the end of the day, the agreement in principle has been scrapped, and
the “bipartisan” meeting in the White House has been called “political
theater” by observers. But don’t feel bad for McCain – none of McCain’s
campaign offices suspended operations, several don’t know about their
candidate’s very public decision at all. What a tease.
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