I’m Taking My Ball And Going Home

If you thought selecting Sarah Palin was the very height of political cynicism, the McCain campaign is eager to prove that you ain’t seen nothing yet.  Yes, boys and girls, Senator John McCain now intends to win the White House by, I’m not kidding you, suspending his campaign!

He claims that this is because we’re in a post-9/11 scenario, that we don’t need partisan bickering, but instead to come together to fix the problem.  Point one; John McCain is an idiot regarding the economy, I don’t want him anywhere near the fixing of it, chances are that he’ll only break it worse (hey can Rick Davis collect his Fannie and Freddie money now?).  Point two; where was John during the past ten days of the economic crisis?  Oh, right, absolutely failing in his campaign. 

David Weigel I think has John McCain absolutely dead to rights:

It’s supposed to be leadership and “putting country first,” I suppose, although it’s true: Nothing has changed in the last 48 hours except the possibility of Congress staying at work until Sunday and some bad polls for McCain. It’s most assuredly a stunt, as John McCain and Barack Obama don’t really matter right now, and McCain’s action makes the bailout debate look even more (if such a thing is possible) like a world-historical crisis. Has a presidential debate ever been postponed 48 hours before it was supposed to start?

This McCain gambit would look a whole lot more credible if his campaign wasn’t sinking in the polls at an impressive rate.  But that’s just not the case.  Weigel is right, the polls for McCain have been terrible, but that’s only a part of the problem.

The sinking polls are, in fact a symptom, not the disease.  The disease stems from McCain positively embarassing himself on the campaign trail in direct regards to the economy.  It also stems from the media shutout game that McCain has decided he wanted to play which has only angered the media, killed any hopes for positive news stories, and increased scrutiny on both him and his tightly sequestered running mate.

Oh, and can you believe he’s running from a debate against Obama?  Really?

The problem is that this could feasibly work if Americans are really stupid enough to be duped into believing this is anything other than John McCain running from a campaign that is kicking his ass.  I personally don’t think they will.  I think they will see this for what it is; an extremely cynical move to take cover under an economic crisis.

McCain isn’t valiantly leaving the campaign trail; he’s cowardly running away from it.

5 Responses to “I’m Taking My Ball And Going Home”

  1. Kathy says:

    Kyle, I don’t think the American people will fall for this, either. That’s not what I’m worried about. I’m really scared that McCain in tandem with the Republican leadership is going to cancel the elections.

  2. No, they know better than that. The moment they do that, there really will be a revolt. Libertarians and liberals are already sniffing each other’s butts to see if they can’t work together, this would throw them together in a heartbeat, and it wouldn’t be at the ballot box.

    Well, it’s all you for a while, I’m going to go watch some tv and play some video games to decompress for a bit.

  3. Kathy says:

    ROFL!! What an *awesome* metaphor! I love it!!

  4. tas says:

    If the McCain campaign gets anymore retarded, they’ll have to send Palin to the Special Olympics.


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