TPM highlights the increasingly contradictory statements coming out of the McCain Campaign.
According to polling data from Real Clear Politics, the race was tied on Wed Sep 17. The following day, Obama began pulling away and has never looked back.
The race turned decisively on Mon Sep 22 (Obama +2.7), when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “…told the White House that it must serve up support from Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) if it hopes to ensure bipartisan backing for a massive economic bailout package by week’s end.” Roll Call Sep 22, 2009
On Wed Sep 24 (Obama 3.5), McCain announced the suspension of his campaign beginning Thurs Sep 25, and asked for the postponement of the first presidential debate scheduled for Fri Sep 26 so both he and Obama could help negotiate a Wall Street bailout. The debate occurred as scheduled (Obama +4.2).
The following Mon Sep 29, the House rejected the White House’s Wall Street bailout and the DJIA dropped 778 points (Obama 4.6). The Senate approved its bailout plan on Thurs Oct 2 (Obama +5.7) and the House passed the amended plan on Fri Oct 3 (Obama +5.8).
The race is and both campaigns know it; McCain hopes to make it respectable, Obama is looking for a mandate. Continued parsing of McCain and Palin speeches is pure folly. Time to shift gears and address the morning(s) after…
That little bit there at the end – It’s a stupid campaign.
I’m not saying there is no racism involved. It’s just that by pandering to his diminishing base, McCain found himself with all (only?) the racists backing him.
And I guess he realized that’s not who he wants backing him.
I do however love how the Obama campaign is slowly peeling the layers from the republican image.
First, the warlike tone, then the lack of substantive issues, now the inherent racism.
It’s all falling away. And it’s all of the Republicans’ own doing.
McCain feels so naked there saying “No, No. Obama is just a guy I’m running against. I’m not really racist. I just used that to rile you up, cause you’re all I have left…”
I guess poor shmoe’s gonna lose them now too.
William Kristol, himself a dim bulb, says Rick Davis is running a stupid campaign. Davis is lying so desperately and transparently (and angrily) in the video above, it is hard to see how they can keep this campaign going. An audience member repeats a line from a McCain attack ad, and Rick Davis says it has “nothing to do with that commercial.”
Bill Ayers, it seems, is a terrorists. (Bill Ayers is Magic.)
We have hit a new low. William Kristol says, “It is not a disgraceful campaign.” What would a disgraceful campaign look like?
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