Go Negative, McCain! And Then Go Home!

With only 28 days left in the election, I’m hearing a lot of people saying they can’t wait until this is all over. Granted, these people are all anti-Obama. But, all politics all the time can be hard on people who are not political junkies. Unlike me.

I’m reveling in this constant political news stream. Even all the mud-slinging can’t rain on my parade. I suppose this is because the person I do not want to win will have to pull a rainbow with a pot of gold out of his ass to take home first place. After constant analysis of the men before us, I have to admit that I’m more ANTI-MCCAIN than PRO-OBAMA and really wish the left wouldn’t romanticize Obama because he’s going to have such a cesspool of crap leftover from Bush to be an extremely transcendent president – at least in his first term. Obama does have less experience than other viable Democratic candidates, his FISA vote pissed me off, he’s against gay marriage, he supports faith-based initiatives and has other “issues” which have garnered my disappointment. But as we say every four years about our respective candidates, “He’s a helluva lot better than the other guy.”

Also, this is the first time it looks like I’ll be on the winning side of a presidential election. I’ll admit it – I voted Dole in ’96, would have voted Bush in 2000 (was out of the country and didn’t get my shit together for an absentee ballot), and voted Kerry in ’04. After growing up in Texas, I was originally a Republican, but naturally moved to the left as I grew more informed – first as a social liberal/fiscal conservative, then even more to the left as I realized the lack of financial regulation results in the United Corporatocracy of America.

I’m not a straight-ticket voter by any means and support the multi-party system more than the Democratic Party, which is why I still may vote Nader in the general election as Texas is almost guaranteed to fall into McCain’s pocket despite the switch of Hispanic voters to the Democratic side. If Texas were a toss-up, I would by all means vote for Obama. Either way, I support a McCain loss above all.

Which is why I love his negative attacks. And Palin’s for that matter.

If they want to load their stump speeches with tales of domestic unrest during the turbulent 60’s – ahem, FORDEE years ago – while the U.S. is embroiled in two wars and the major financial crisis of our times, that is peachy with me. It only ensures a greater loss for them come November. There are legitimate economic policy disputes between McCain and Obama. McCain has every opportunity to present to voters a forward-looking, encouraging picture of where he wants to take the country.

Instead, he calls Obama a liar and dishonestly claims Obama wants to avoid answering questions about his record.

It’s not working. And it won’t work.

The ridiculous charade of McCain’s campaign has found their credibility on a downward slope that has paid little attention to the poll numbers. Instead of a plausible campaign on policies, McCain has given us infamous cannon fodder of stunts: the ads linking Obama to Paris and Britney, naming Palin his running mate, one dishonest ad after another – including an ad that claimed Obama wanted to teach comprehensive sex education to kindergartners, repeating the lie that the surge was responsible for the decrease in violence in Iraq, once again trying to win an election on his POW experience, the fake suspension of his campaign and attempt to take credit for a bailout legislation that failed to materialize according to McCain’s timetable, and – most recently – linking Obama to William Ayers’ activities decades ago. His campaign isn’t legitimate, it’s a joke.

The problem for McCain? The internet has provided voters quick and easy access to fact-based information, allowing people to call bullshit much earlier on lies for the sake of political expediency. Stunts are far more transparent than they were just four years ago. Would the Swiftboaters have succeeded under the current umbrella of the proliferation of information? I don’t want to give American voters too much credit, but I don’t think so.

McCain never gave his policies a chance to shine. He never gave his stance on the issues an opportunity to appeal to voters. He went Hillary on Obama way too early and the stubborn refusal of his campaign to see the error in this tactic is their death knell. Regardless of my disagreement with their policy proposals, they don’t deserve to win it. They tried generalities about his experience and his “maverick” record, but they forgot the specifics about what they are promising the American people. Basic chants about “cleaning up Washington” and “rooting out ineffeciencies” (though Palin forgot the “in” in “inefficiency” a bit too many times in interviews) and “Obama’s the most liberal Senator” don’t work. People want to know what you are GOING TO DO. Future tense, McFly.

From a politically scientific level, it’s been suicide again and again. From a leftie level, it’s been glorious.

Every time another speech by Palin or McCain is carried live on television and they are talking Ayers and calling Obama a liar, I giggle – then press the mute button. Each day they waste with these failed distractions is just another nail in the coffin of their campaign.

So, go negative, McCain! Go negative all the way! Because that road leads to second place. And when you’re looking for bozos to blame, don’t just hurl your spittle towards all the former Bushies you hired, remember that you sold your soul and with it any chance you had to win. I’m looking forward to see you do well, but not good enough, in tonight’s debate. We’ll finally get to see that Town Hall you’ve been clamoring for. Enjoy it. Maybe Bush will meet you afterward by your jet with a cake.

5 Responses to “Go Negative, McCain! And Then Go Home!”

  1. October 7, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Looks like this year we are able to choose our candidate not only by his policies, but by thinking, is he a lesser liar. So, voters, defend your choice – who is competing honorably, and who is a bigger liar – Obama or McCain? http://www.votetheday.com/americas-20/presidential-candidates-bigger-liar-282

  2. 2 Kevin
    October 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    And who’s going to be overseeing this increased regulation of our economy? The same party that successfully managed to block every meaningful effort — including by McCain — to reform Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae before they dragged us into this mess, while accusing their opponents of wanting to keep low-income and minority families from owning homes. As usual we’d be better off if the Democrats hadn’t imposed their social-engineering programs on a system they don’t understand, but it’s too late for that now. By the way, remind me again how many thousands of dollars Obama and Dodd got in bribes, sorry, donations from Fannie and Freddie.

    It’s pretty ironic that the current economic problems that the Dems created is what may get Obama into the White House, but if so it’s gonna be a short stay. With complete control in Washington the Dems are gonna have to actually do something instead of blaming George Bush and the Republicans for everything, and that seems to be beyond them even now.

  3. October 7, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    kev – no you di’nt! it’s a conservative myth that democratic social engineering is the root cause of this financial crisis.

    You’re talking about the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 – the subprime lending didn’t occur until after 2001 and Bush’s policies pulled many banks out from under CRA regulations in any case. Furthermore, lenders under the CRA regulatory umbrella engaged in less predatory lending than those not under it.

    Also, you’re implying that it was the lack of reform of Fannie and Freddie that dragged us into this mess. There were far more important deregulations by the Bush administration who helped hurl us toward what we are experiencing now. From Think Progress:

    – The Uptick Rule: In July 2007, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) eliminated the “uptick rule,” which “made it hard for speculators to push the price of a stock down after betting it would fall.” As the Wonk Room noted yesterday, “since then, legions of short sellers have progressively hammered Wall Street, contributing greatly to the current stock market crisis.”

    – The Net Capital Rule: In 2004, the SEC loosened the “net capital” rule, which required “that broker dealers limit their debt-to-net capital ratio to 12-to-1.” The five investment banks that qualified for an alternative rule – Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley – were allowed “to increase their debt-to-net capital ratios, sometimes, as in the case of Merrill Lynch, to as high as 40-to-1.”

    – State Laws Against Predatory Lending: In 2003, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued regulations that exempted national banks from state laws against predatory lending. As Slate reported, “with the state laws nullified, national banks were free to engage in the sharp practices the states were hoping to stamp out.”

    The democrats did not create these economic problems. The Bush administration watched what was happening, lied to the American people about how serious it was, hoped the market would correct itself and sat on their hands as we moved further and further into economic crisis.

    Let’s also remember that Rick Davis’ company has collected over $2 million from FM/FM up until last month. Phil Gramm is a major proponent for deregulation – as proven by his record int he Senate.

    All these mofos are getting sketchy corporate donations, but Obama’s feet will be held to the fire much more than McCain’s when it comes to responsible governance. McCain will be too busy repaying favors the way Bush was.

    It’s ridiculous that a Republican administration – which had a rubber stamp republican congress for 6 years of it – is NOT responsible for the crisis we are in. They’ve been at the wheel – to blame the democrats for this is a ridiculous joke. Let’s pretend that they weren’t busy dismantling many logical economic regulations. Were they asleep at the wheel? For chrissakes, you don’t get more power than the Repubs had and this is what happened at the end of their watch. It’s laughable that this is the Democrats’ fault.

  4. 4 Kevin
    October 7, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Oh yes I did! I’m sure those things all played a part but as even Chris Dodd has said the root cause is the “housing foreclosure crisis,” which was caused by sub-prime mortgages which were given to people with bad credit or little income. As with many problems in this coutry it originated in good intentions, with Clinton’s changes to the CRA forcing banks to issue risky mortgages or face penalties. Apparently Obama himself got in on the act by suing Citibank for a client who charged that it systematically denied mortgages to blacks. Whether it did or not, greed and threats of bad publicity by community organizers are powerful incentives.

    Bush recommended an overhaul of Freddie and Fannie back in 2003, but couldn’t rally support as he probably couldn’t get through an explanation without referring to them as Freddie Prinze MacDonald or some shit. Now whether you think Freddie and Fannie’s failure wasn’t the biggest cause it still was a big one, and the only candidate in this race who was at least talking about that possibility was McCain. And who is going to be holding Obama’s feet to the fire, the media? When can we expect this to finally start, around Jan. 23? And where is that goddamn quesedilla recipe?

  5. 5 Joe
    November 2, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Head Games Coming Your Way

    Three things the Obama-media will do:

    (1) Calls for McCain to just give up and quit, because the race is over.

    (2) Wild claims of Obama winning states that shock and surprise you

    (3) Repeated insistance that blacks and young people will decide this election, and they are all going to vote in record numbers for Obama.

    Brett Says:
    October 31, 2008 at 3:15 am There is one concern I have about election night… if anyone remembers 2000… media outlets were calling states early for certain candidates while the polls were still open… as a result some people didn’t vote. Also, it’s a fact that Democrats are more likely to take the time to take part in an exit poll than a Republican… I suspect the MSM… will pump this up…and may try and sway the election.


    Don’t Count Yourself Out . . . Whatever the issue is, please don’t count yourself out because you think you don’t matter or because you don’t think it will affect you. Your vote does matter. http://auguriesofinnocence.wordpress.com/2008/11/02/dont-count-yourself-out/


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