This Is The Kind Of Thing I Mean

From the Obama campaign:

“At 8:30 this morning, Senator Obama called Senator McCain to ask him if he would join in issuing a joint statement outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal. At 2:30 this afternoon, Senator McCain returned Senator Obama‚Äôs call and agreed to join him in issuing such a statement. The two campaigns are currently working together on the details.”

Then John McCain runs to the media and makes a statement. Not with the Obama campaign, not with bipartisan leaders….but acting like this was all his idea and then pushing it a step further- suspending his own campaign and asking Friday’s debate be delayed. Which, by the way, is stupid.

McCain is down in the polls and weak on the economy- OF COURSE HE WANTS THE DEBATE TO BE DELAYED.

We have a name for guys like that…opportunistic douche bags.

I know that lowers the level of rhetoric around here, but when Senator Obama reaches out to try and solve this in a bipartisan fashion, and initiates both campaigns working together… then McCain USES that good faith as a ploy….seriously. Opportunistic douche baggery.

There is a special place in hell for douche bags of that level.

Go check out Liz over at MOMocrats who writes,

It’s just been announced that John McCain has requested to postpone the presidential debates so that he can ‘focus on the economy.’ Which almost sounds like a good idea. Until you realized that when Obama started focusing on the economy months ago by convening a major economic summit in Florida with a bipartisan team of advisors including Warren Buffet, Google Chair Eric Schmidt, and former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neil–McCain dismissed it as ‘political theater.’

Slimy shit like this is exactly why I think Republicans can #suckit.


  1. I can just see it now… “Okay, they bought it. Quick, we need to concoct a foreign policy crisis! What? Don’t we have Ahmedinajad on speed dial yet?”

  2. Amen. Holy hell, I almost wrecked my car when I heard this bullshit on NPR. My blood pressure during this election cycle is troublesome.

  3. whoa. “opportunistic douche bags”? But, J.Mac is former POW, you know. Surely, that must count for something.

  4. How can it be better for American’s not to hold the debate when we are 50 days away from the election? Do they think it isn’t obvious who that serves? Thanks for keeping your eye on it and telling it like it is.

  5. I agree. I think it is appalling to try to “steal the thunder” with his call for suspending the campaign, especially in light of the fact that Obama initiated the conversation and suggested a joint statement.

    I believe it is a ploy, plain and simple. The McCain camp is behind on the polls now and is limited on funds. How convenient to “suspend” the campaign when you’re behind and don’t have as much money. And to request that the debates be postponed (with no timeline on WHEN they could be held) is outrageous…the last desperate gasp of a flailing campaign. It shows McCain’s true colors as a hothead, who talks before he thinks, and is willing to take this huge gamble. I hope the AMerican public will finally see him as the demagogue he is.

  6. False flag event in three… two… one…

  7. McCain’s whole campaign is an empty-shell. He has no ideas other than to steal Obama’s. Oh, that and do what his corporate handlers, aka Campaign Managers tell him to do to further their corporate masters.

    Great post.

  8. So, why get your panties in a bunch over this? You get all huffy and call names? Typical reactionary liberal. Be above that. This whole stupid political season is such a series of stupid inside jokes…it’s no wonder there is so much polarity.

    Take a big breath people.

  9. As much as I love your writing Erin…which is excellent as always…reading about McCain and his games is making my already low blood pressure skyrocket. I am so over this. Over him. Over her.

    I hope for our sake Obama goes forward with the debate. We need for this to happen on schedule.

  10. #suckit indeed

    McCain should be able to debate today, by the way. Being Mr. Experience and all. If he can’t take two hours out of his night to give the people some “straight talk” on where he stands on the issues, then he’s a worse failure than I imagined. And that’s saying something.

  11. So Obama doesn’t understand the magnitude of the problem and he’s a leader where McCain DOES and he’s an opportunist. The cynicism of the angry left is boundless. And BTW…McCain’s strength is foreign policy so he’s not eager to pass on the chance to show Obama for the poseur we know him to be. But McCain put country first and Obama failed. Again.

  12. Trip, you should read up a bit about why McCain “understands the magnitude of the problem”: he is one of its primary architects. His decades-long anti-regulation crusade led to the S&L crisis in the 1980s, Enron in the early 2000s and the current meltdown. Currently, McCain is calling for increased government oversight and regulation, which is interesting since he has spent the past year championing AGAINST such things.

    But why would you listen to me? Try listening to facts: We do not support government bailouts of private institutions. Government interference in the markets exacerbates problems in the marketplace and causes the free market to take longer to correct itself. We believe in the free market as the best tool to sustained prosperity and opportunity for all,

    That is from the official 2008 Republican Platform statement, circa one month ago. If McCain is such a pro-regulation reformer who is dropping everything to rush back to Washington to fix the mess that greedy, unregulated companies have created… why would he have said otherwise so recently? Come at me with facts and I will listen, bring insults and I will ignore you.

  13. If it’s not already abundantly clear: McCain is Ready on Day I’ll Get Back to You.

    Not good enough to be president of the free world.

    Take a look at “It’s Judgment Day for John McCain,” from the Wall Street Journal.

    H/t to @loadeddice and @ryzun13.

  14. Holy crap, @cynematic! I never thought I’d see the day when I actually agreed with something from the Wall Street Journal opinion page.

    Next up on the news: hell freezes over.

  15. I agree why are you all so concern? Why not just sit back proclaim Obama as the winner, like you already have done for months, now? If this is just more proof that McCain is going to lose then why call names and be so nasty?

    And as far running, the man made a statement in the afternoon when he got the call at 830am. I know he is old, but he could have made it there much sooner, if he was trying to trump Obama. It never fails Republicans are Evil and the Democrats are the innocent ones trying to change the world for the good. Yeah, whatever!

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