Why the Ineptness of the McCain Campaign Matters

Bill Kristol joins in the growing cacophony of conservative voices lambasting the entire McCain campaign. He calls it “malpractice”. And it is. I’ve become almost dizzy with McCain’s Ricochet Rabbit approach to his campaign message, changing from day to day, never correcting his errors, boldly making new ones.


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How McCain has run his campaign is a clear example to the American people how he would lead the country. (In my opinion he has not run the campaign at all, but has followed the direction of some poorly-chosen advisors.)

The next leader of this great country and the free world needs to have focus, direction, and a clear understanding of the issues. He needs to be thoughtful and deliberative, and must inspire confidence in his leadership ability. He needs to surround himself with smart, savvy people who aren’t just gauging the winds of change in public opinion, but planning more stragically for the long-term, making the right decisions for the greater good.

The Obama and the McCain campaigns each are a microcosm of how each man would run the county. No question which one appears more prepared to take the reins.

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  1. #1 by Cliff Lyon on October 26, 2008 - 6:26 pm

    It really makes you wonder. Could McCain be WORSE than Bush?

    If he willing to throw the entire republican party under the bus for personal gain (power)…

    Christ, the guys can’t even remember his Secretary of State Endorsement?

    Imagine my surprise having tried to quantify the stupidity of the average republican for voting for Bush, and now there are actual Americans voting for McCain.

    Homer Simpson was right.

  2. #2 by Sarah on October 26, 2008 - 6:32 pm

    Unfortunately, when Mitt Romney was rejected because of his LDS faith, some bigoted evangelical Christians may have unwittingly handed the Presidency over to Barack Obama. When Obama packs the court with Judges hostile to Christian values they will only have themselves and their bigotry to blame. With the economy the way it is Mitt Romney would have been almost guaranteed the Presidency. Sometimes the right person comes along at just the right time but sadly that person was rejected by people who were too blind by hatred that they could not see the light.

    “I once was found but now I’m lost
    could see, but now, I’m blind.”

  3. #3 by Becky Stauffer on October 26, 2008 - 7:24 pm

    Damn, Cliff, that was funny! I thought I was watching an SNL clip. Of course, we wouldn’t laugh so hard if this guy becomes president.

    I’m impressed that you recognize the bigotry of (some?) evangelical Christians. It always amazes me that Mormons think they are part of the Christian Right, only to discover those Christians think Mormons are a cult. They want your vote, Sarah, but they are snickering behind your back. Come on over to this side, Sarah. We could use your enthusiasm.

  4. #4 by Cliff Lyon on October 26, 2008 - 8:02 pm

    You pretty much nailed it Sarah.

    Just this morning at breakfast, my Catholic, liberal friend said — in reference to Republicans picking McCain–

    “Fuckin morons. Romney would have beat Obama.”

    Instead we get…

  5. #5 by Jenn Stauffer on October 26, 2008 - 8:12 pm

    What happened to the grease-slicked Republican propaganda machine of the last 2 elections? I understand that Rove has, erm, other things on his mind lately (like guest writing for Newsweek, for instance) but where are Cheney and the other cronies? Where is that charisma that propelled a politico-business hasbeen into the hearts of the American people for 2 consecutive terms?

    Call me a cynic, but something’s wrong with more than just Kansas.

    These same Republicans that backed Bush probably gave up on Mccain many months ago; but at the same time, they also likely influenced his nomination. Why? Are they conceding these 4 years as an inevitable development in a much larger plan? Cheney & co. are far too diabolical for me to believe that they’re just going to sit back and let their efforts unravel under Obama the Idealist. So what gives? Where does this fit into Karl Rove’s view of the world?

  6. #6 by Cliff Lyon on October 26, 2008 - 8:19 pm

    Jenn. You express well our common paranoia.

    What can they do? They can invoke the Bush Continuity Plan

    Heck, just today, we killed people in Syria. An act of war by every international standard.

    Some say people will riot in the streets.

  7. #7 by Becky Stauffer on October 26, 2008 - 8:37 pm

    Hey Jenn!
    I can’t really put your mind at ease since I, too, don’t trust these guys. But they are opportunists more than idealogues. Like rats they long ago jumped the good ship GWB. They’ll find a way to serve their own best interests you can be sure.

    (Yep, we’re related – my daughter)

  8. #8 by Tuber on October 26, 2008 - 8:46 pm

    Lets be clear. Election theft is underway NOW!

    And the conservative media has ignored it.

  9. #9 by Becky Stauffer on October 26, 2008 - 9:05 pm

    Tuber, that’s disturbing information. I had read of some incidents, but officials were saying they were due to voter error. I don’t trust them.

  10. #10 by Becky Stauffer on October 26, 2008 - 9:21 pm

    Like one of the speakers in the KOS article, I believe McCain knows exactly what he’s doing stirring up old, buried racist feelings. It’s his way of getting votes, and let the chips fall where they may. I just can’t get over how effective it has been — one need only look at the videos you’ve posted previously.

    A friend of mine, a life-time conservative, said today he will vote for Obama after hearing an elderly man say that he would never vote for a n—–. My friend was so offended and disgusted that it changed his vote. McCain may one day realize the terrible mistake he made by playing on this particular fear in certain people.

  11. #11 by Anonymous on October 27, 2008 - 7:29 am

    Consider that elites manage elections and do so with the goal of keeping the population divided.

    We can only assume that a party that managed to twice elect a president that utterly rolled democrat and progressive causes utterly, is not stupid.

    Given that our economy, and the world economy is crashing after the last 8 years of war and looting on Wall Street, that it may just be that republicans don’t want the presidency this go round. McCain is looking like Dole before Clinton beat him.

    It is simple, the population must be diametrically divided to facilitate further control of the ruling elite, and continued fleecing of the public. Nothing kept this division of the countries people more than 8 years of Clinton, who drove evangelicals and conservatives crazy, then 8 years of Bush, who has clearly driven democrats and progressives crazy. The game continues with the election of Obama, who will radically polarize the country, while our ruling elites find themselves with more control over a divided population too confused, or wrapped up in their own ideological zeal, to be of any use to the country moving forward, or to themselves.

  12. #12 by Anonymous on October 27, 2008 - 7:59 am

    Sarah; have no fear of SC court packing presidents. It has never worked out how they, or their constituents have thought it would historically. It is pretty clear, when appointees get to the bench, there are no guarantees.

    Who is up for replacement? If things do not go well in the next 4 years, Obama will be a one term president, so there are 4 years to see if anyone retires.

    Meanwhile, Obama claims to support American rights to bear arms, any back peddling on this will become an issue,but push come to shove, the exercise of the right that created this country, will be maintained, at least in Obama’s campaign rhetoric.

    I give about the 100 days, before we the people realize, situations being as dire as they are, choices for a president are going to be extremely limited. I have my Who albums out…meet the new boss…same as the old boss…

  13. #13 by C av on October 27, 2008 - 8:11 am

    Anon, your 7:29a comment, very well states just what I’ve been thinking. Spontaneous combustion must be attended to very carefully though. A bloody shoot-out in the streets might just find a few high-level-corporate types as targets. That would be lamentable.


  14. #14 by Anonymous on October 27, 2008 - 9:42 am

    We are no where near the level of broken dreams that would yield that kind of result Cav. Americans, while scared, are still pretty fat, dumb, and happy. Some of them oblivious to our predicament, and happily so.

    Revolution occurs when the class of folks that see their economy destroyed by another class finally act materially. I.E. becoming combative militants. The poor almost never foment any revolution, they do not have the brains, nor the drive to carry it out successfully. The majority of revolutions are carried out by the upper middle class, and once they are rolling, the poor join in.

    However, if the majority believes that their democracy is legitimate, they will keep voting away until you end up with the likes of the Bush presidency. Even if it is obvious that the election process is manipulated, either directly at the polls, or indirectly through lies propagated by the media.

    If the people continue to vote and things really do not change, “cementocracy” (ossified democracy) at that point actually becomes as effective a controller of people, as any totalitarian system. Better even, as the electorate validates their own diminishment.

    Once the people realize that they have been manipulated, democracy in its current form is viewed askance, and with any luck the necessary changes are made without violence. They rarely trend towards plebescite democracy, which almost always leads to disastrous unintended consequences. Something our founders knew, and implemented methods against, namely the rejection of direct, plebescite based democracy. Better known as mob rule.

    ” It isn’t a prison, until you try the door”.

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