The Eclectic One

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The biggest lie yet of the McCain candidacy

Posted by Bill Nance on September 24, 2008

This is the biggest crock of horse manure I’ve heard in years:

“Republican presidential candidate John McCain announced Wednesday that he is suspending his campaign to return to Washington and focus on the “historic” crisis facing the U.S. economy.”

Why is this move both cynical and ridiculous?

  1. McCain has no clue about economics. He has said as much as that economics is not his strong point, this in spite of sitting as Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee for years. McCain can only do what his advisers recommend. He has no expertise in this arena and, indeed has been in lockstep with the Reaganite policy of de-regulation Uber-Alles. He’s not going to be the one fashioning a Republican counter proposal to the Bush plan, and any claim to the contrary is an outright lie. There are Republicans in the Senate a thousand times more qualified to deal with this issue and he knows it.
  2. The Democrats have a majority in both houses. McCain will not be needed for a tie-breaking vote, and if that was the case, tradition is to “pair” his vote with a Democrat, effectively zeroing the scale to account for an abscense. There will be no party-line vote during the debates on Friday. If there is a vote on Friday, both McCain and Obama can make sure the vote is taken in time for them to make the debate, either before or after.

Folks this is a move full of cynicism. McCain is in trouble. DEEP trouble according to the latest ABC news poll, in which he has lost 5-7 points over the last week due to the economy. He needs to distract the voters, get more time to hide Sarah Palin form the Press, quickly study up on current economic issues and find some way to sell the lie that he has been anything but an unabashed and consistent supporter of de-regulation of Wall Street.

This latest move, based on yet another lie, is nothing but an attempt to buy time in a failing political campaign.

Don’t fall for it.

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