Wednesday, September 24, 2008

McCain Suspends campaign

Republican presidential candidate John McCain will suspend his campaign tomorrow and return to our capitol to resolve our national credit crisis. According to his statement today, partisan rancor is the problem:
I am calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself. It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem.

We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved. I am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night’s debate until we have taken action to address this crisis.

I am confident that before the markets open on Monday we can achieve consensus on legislation that will stabilize our financial markets, protect taxpayers and homeowners, and earn the confidence of the American people. All we must do to achieve this is temporarily set politics aside, and I am committed to doing so.

Following September 11th, our national leaders came together at a time of crisis. We must show that kind of patriotism now. Americans across our country lament the fact that partisan divisions in Washington have prevented us from addressing our national challenges. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country.
(emphasis added)

I understand the senior senator from Arizona wanting to appear like a leader and all mavericky and stuff, but the problem here is anything but partisan squabbling. The problem is credibility and incredulity.
The current crisis was announced in the shadow of the 7th anniversary of Bush's 1st crisis, 6th anniversary of his 12th crisis, 5th anniversary of his 23rd crisis and 2nd anniversary of his 134th crisis. The crisis management administration managed to lurch from from crisis to crisis, each and every one full of scary brown people farting mushroom clouds capable of breeching levee's.

With an expression like a bull looking at a new gate, our Rexall Ranger Commander Guy proclaimed, "No one could have anticipated...(insert crisis here)," and would embark on a policy binge of disaster capitalism for his clients. Every. Single. Time.

Hence, the credibility problem. See, trust is like virginity, once you have lost it, you're fucked.

Many Americans bought the claim that by being invaded by 19 fanatics with box cutters, who did tremendous damage, we faced an existential threat to end all life as we know it. Many others merely got drunk on blood lust.

Now, we are told by the same administration that another existential threat exists right around the corner that threatens to end all life as we know it. Only this time it is not scary brown people, but venture capitalists and unregulated mortgage brokers. They broke our economy but can fix it, maybe, if we give them a trillion dollars.

That's the incredulity part. So John, the problem isn't partisanship. The problem is the rage these guy's are hearing from the phone calls they are getting from home. It isn't the politicians that need to be convinced, it is the public and that will be a very hard sell. I for one say no deal.

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