So given the state of affairs:
Why are people questioning McCain’s intentions to STOP CAMPAIGNING (read: putting aside his presidential ambition), and not the fact that Obama’s avoiding actually going to Washington AND DOING THE JOB WE PAY HIM FOR?????
‘Cause God forbid he actually show up and vote on something.
Why is arguing the foreign policy more important then trying to pass or block legislation to help address the “worst financial crisis?”
My personal favorite statement of the day? Obama’s claim that it was his idea to issue a joint statement – and that this statement was adequate, as it was important to “keep communicating with the American people.”
And call me Master of the Obvious, but it seems like the last thing we need right is more talk, more statements, more rhetoric, and less problems solving.
In fact, when asked about sidelining his campaign to address this head-on in Washington, his response was, (exact quote), “I feel it’s most important to let everyone know that this is a sufficient problem…and we need to deal with this problem.” He added, “This is why it is most important at this time that we present ourselves and describe where we want to take this country and this economy.”
I don’t think anyone is arguing this.
And, uh, I don’t think we need you or McCain standing up there, telling us who’s to blame, and that it needs to be fixed, and where YOU want to take this country.
We've already heard it.
How about stepping up and actually taking that first step in that direction?
How about leading, instead of just talking about leading?
Why don’t you balls up and actually put a plan on the table? Make a decision? Have an opinion? Pass some actual legislation?
Let me remind Obama of something that McCain (though old as dirt) hasn't forgotten: Before you are a Presidential candidate, you are a Senator. My Senator. A Senator elected by the people to fight for the people, to give them a voice, and now being given an opportunity to actually make a statement through your actions. Not a man elected/paid to campaign for President.
How have people forgotten this?
The fact that Obama “talks to Paulson nearly every day and twice this afternoon” soothes me none.
And John McCain?
“I don’t feel the plan on the table is adequate, and needs action.” And then he steps up and does just that.
The guy shows up.
And before you say that he's avoiding a debate, it should be pointed out that he's also suspending all campaign appearences and fundraising (holy shit - a politician rejecting money? What would Tony Rezko say? Here's a quarter - get his number from Obama and call him in prison to find out).
And why is it that this crisis is make-or-break for McCain (and ultimately no-win, because even if the plan is needed, no one really wants to say it or own it because the backlash will be incredible, yet if McCain knocks it down, and shit storm intensifies, well then, its all McCain’s fault), but Obama doesn’t seem to have that same pressure? No one is pinning him to the wall, saying that he needs to make a decision, take a vote, pass some legislation.
And despite the risk to his campaign, either way, McCain is still stepping up, doing something, speaking his mind - he is going beyond "strategy," in a way that says, "Hey, this might lose the election for me, but for the worst financial crisis in American history, I am chosing to do something."
I find it interesting that, for someone who has structured his campaign around rhetoric akin to buying every 5-year-old in the world a pony for their birthdays (sounds all warm and fuzzy but the reality is ridiculous and impossible), his whole “financial plan” that he soooo loves to talk about can’t seem to light his way out this mile-deep shit hole the nation is in.
In fact, his whole financial plan and tax policies are already be challenged in the face of this.
Promises are one thing, practicality and action is another.
The first real test – the first crisis, and even before they are in office – and this is how these two candidates respond.
Now is a GREAT time to put all your campaign promises into actions.
It's a sad fucking day when people call it a "gimmick" when a Senator actually wants to do his job.
Well, if nothing else, this is giving a nice, clear window into what the next four years are going to look like.