Friday, September 26, 2008

McCain Wins Debate!

At least that's what this ad running in the Wall Street Journal Online said.

Problem is, it ran before McCain even announced he'd be attending the debate.

Chris Cilizza of the WaPo also reports that:

Another ad spotted by our eagle-eyed observer featured a quote from McCain campaign manager Rick Davis declaring: "McCain won the debate-- hands down."

Heh. Guess they saved me the trouble of watching it. Or at least the trouble of watching their spin, since I've already seen it.

When JMWWAPOW suggested postponing the debate, he made a stunning error of judgment that put him into a no-win situation. If he followed through and didn't show up, he'd look like he was using an excuse to run away from Obama and, as a bonus, bump Palin's upcoming drubbing by Biden out of its schedule. Now, however, he looks indecisive, even to the people who used to advise him:

"It just proves his campaign is governed by tactics and not ideology," said Republican consultant Craig Shirley, who advised McCain earlier in this cycle. "In the end, he blinked and Obama did not. The 'steady hand in a storm' argument looks now to more favor Obama, not McCain."

He might have saved face had he actually contributed something to the bailout talks, but reportedly he just sat there and didn't say much. He apparently didn't really know all that much about the alternative Republican plan he was supposedly backing:

Boehner and McCain discussed the bailout plan, but Republican leadership aides described the conversation as somewhat surreal. Neither man was familiar with the details of the proposal being pressed by House conservatives, and up to the moment they departed for the White House yesterday afternoon, neither had seen any description beyond news reports.

That's what "shooting from the hip" will do to you.

This is how JMWWAPOW handles crises: come up with some off-the-cuff impressive looking gesture that he doesn't bother to think through. It's like when he blurted out that if he was President, he'd fire the head of the SEC, even though the President doesn't have that power.

Neuroscientists talk about "the Lizard Brain," the older, primitive part of the human brain that controls, among other things, aggression and anger. JMWWAPOW thinks and makes decisions with his lizard brain, and we can't afford that right now.


Gerard said...

What a bunch of weasels.

David said...

No, they remind me more of I R Baboon.

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen anything so ridiculous since the Dewey Administration.

Anonymous said...

McCain looked pretty good in the debate today. Looks like Obama has some work to do.

George Dandle

John Dishon said...

McCain ended up winning the debate, barely. It was mostly even. Obama's big weakness is he can't explain where he will cut spending.

Tom said...

Even were that true, John, Gramps isn't winning when all he does is parrot prepared soundbites.

That's not Straight Talk. That's More Damn Spin.

And what's with his inability to look Obama in the eyes? Or to admit his dumb mistakes?

That's not Straight Talk. That's More Damn Spin.

So how's the astroturf business? Does it come in different colors?

John Dishon said...

McCain was on the attack more than Obama, that's why I give the edge to McCain.

Our country's future is at stake and you want to focus on eye contact rather than what the candidate's talked about. That's what's wrong with this country.

Maryann Miller said...

I'd say the debate was pretty much a draw. Both candidates made some good points, and both candidates did some stuttering and blundering at times. I didn't like the fact that Obama kept wanting to look back at what went wrong or what got us into the problem being discussed instead of just looking forward to what to do about it.