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John McCain is currently engaging in one of the most dishonest, cynical, selfish, political stunts in American history.  The stunt is designed to play politics with the bailout.  I don't know how the script ends but make no mistake that there is a script in place and the McCain campaign already knows what is going to happen today, tomorrow, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Let it also be clear that John McCain is NOT interested in helping the American people and he has played no part in crafting the legislation of the past few days.  Heck he wouldn't understand it anyway.

The bottom line is this --- If Barack Obama shows up in Mississippi tonight and John McCain doesn't show up, then Obama should simply sit down and take questions from the audience for 90 minutes and call McCain out.  Here is some phrases Obama could use.

  1.  McCain is playing politics with your money.
  1.  McCain is trying to sabotage the bailout for partisan purposes.
  1.  John McCain has officially put campaign first and country last.
  1.  This is the same old politics as usual.
  1.  John McCain has spent 26 years supporting the legislation, lobbyists, and special interests that created the mess.  
  1.  McCain has not suspended his campaign.  His surrogates are still out there attacking Obama.
  1.  McCain has been attending fundraisers and interviews with Katie Couric after he claimed he was "suspending his campaign."

Now, here is what Democrats NEED TO DO.

  1.  Put together OUR bill by today.  Say we HAVE a bill.  That bill needs to do all of the things Obama says it will do.  Craft it our way.
  1.  Next, have the House and Senate PASS the bill.  If it doesn't have a single Republican vote, who gives a shit.
  1.  Send it to Bush's desk.  Do NOT worry whether or not he'll sign it or veto it.  MAKE him sign it or veto it.  If he vetoes it the GOP goes the way of the Whigs.  If he signs it you've done good work and McCain still looks like a fool.

There is a very high level game of political chess going on here and the McCain campaign sees this as its last chance to get back in the game.  If we are naive he will.  But if you actually see what's going on and see my chess moves above to counter the political stunt of political campaign, McCain will have so pissed off the American people that Obama will win 40 states and 15 points in the national vote.

(BTW - Talk UP the point that if McCain keeps acting like this Obama will win by 15 points.)

Originally posted to davefromqueens on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 09:02 PM PDT.

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  •  tipjar (14+ / 0-)

    I shall not rest until right wing conservatives are 4th party gadflies limited to offering minor corrections on legislation once or twice a year.

    by davefromqueens on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 09:02:56 PM PDT

    •  Don't underestimate... (3+ / 0-)
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      Arken, dirkster42, bear83

      How ideology binds peoples' views. Half the country still believes that Iraq was training Al Qaeda, had WMDs, that Palin rejected the bridge to nowhere money, and that McCain is a straight-talker.

      "Calling McCain out" won't win an election. Not that he shouldn't be called out, but you want to call him out on points that are purely fact and cannot be disputed.

  •  McCain will be at tomorrow's debate (4+ / 0-)

    The McCain campaign team was walking through Ole Miss campus.

  •  McCain will be there (3+ / 0-)
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    Paddy999, dirkster42, Randall Sherman

    Obama must expose the whole sham for what it McCain's face.

    "Damn it, baby, you've got to be kind"__Kurt Vonnegut

    by Texasblue on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 09:08:07 PM PDT

  •  All Obama has to do tomorrow evening is (1+ / 0-)
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    Randall Sherman

    walk on stage and say:  

    "America, 3 hours ago, I was in DC waiting on my GOP counterpart and his party to get their act together on this emergency financial bill, ...a bill so important that 72 or so hours ago, my opponent hadn't even read Sec. Paulson's 3 page proposal,... a bill so important that my opponent claimed he suspended his campaign,... a bill so important that he chose not to keep his commitment to this fine institution and you tonight but, I digress.  

    After this "debate" I'll hop on the plane and be there bright and early tomorrow morning to keep waitng for them come up with a position that we can begin to work on again after wasting the last 9 days of bi-partisdan negotiations without my opponent's input.

    Unfortunately, it seems that I'm here alone tonight and I would like to take this time to explain the bi-partisan proposal that was not adopted and my opponent's last minute objections to it.  My fellow Americans, I will then outline what I think our mutual goals should be to drag us out of this quagmire of failed economic policies over the last 8 years.  

    Let me reitierate, I was there in DC this afternoon as my opponent led the charge to derail a bipartisan rescue agreement and I'll be there tomorrow to complete this effort."

    ..most profound moments of my life...the last few..

    by tristan57 on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 09:25:13 PM PDT

  •  I disagree with your premise (3+ / 0-)
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    jj24, dirkster42, bottles

    McCain wants to tie the Democrats to Bush so he can frame himself as an outsider taking on the Washington establishment.  For Mcsame, this is all about winning the election - he doesn't give a shit about Americans or the economy.

    The worst thing the Democrats could do is pass this plan without a majority of GOP support in the House and Senate. The GOP wants to make a political football out of this crisis, no matter what it does to the economy.  The Democrats would be fools to go along.

    •  you could be right (2+ / 0-)
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      But do you think Bush would sign a bill that other republicans didn't support?

      Again, you may be right.

      I definitely agree with you that whatever MCcain's campaign is doing, that it's a stunt and the possibility you raise could be their plan.

      I shall not rest until right wing conservatives are 4th party gadflies limited to offering minor corrections on legislation once or twice a year.

      by davefromqueens on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 09:34:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  the right is fractured - horribly. (0+ / 0-)

        between mccain and bush, the republican base is lost.  they hate both of them.  so - as of now, we have two plans:

        1. the bush plan - executive takeover of the american treasury.
        1. the repug plan - eliminate taxes for any takeovers of the failed institutions (let the private sector take control v. the government) and LESSEN regulations surrounding said investment.

        two maniacal plans, two maniacal factions of american politics.

        It gives me comfort just to think that ... we will have a president who has actually read the Federalist Papers. - Wick Allison

        by jj24 on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 10:03:10 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Well, there's a way to win it even then (1+ / 0-)
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      Stand up and say "Since this situation is going to present serious ramifications for the next president, whoever it may be, and as both candidates will be able to vote on the issue, we will not pass this unless we have the vote of both candidates."

      Democrats win by looking bipartisan.  If McCain votes for it (as, presumably, would Obama) there's a wash there between them but it's McCain signing a Democratic bill, while the Republicans refused to compromise, so net win for the Democrats and with McCain signing on, the Republicans really can't say anything as their candidate is tied to it.

      If McCain refuses to sign on, Democrats shake their heads sadly and note that the reason everything is going to hell is due to Republicans and now McCain and the Republicans refuse to try and fix it.  Republicans look bad and McCain looks bad.

      If the Republicans cave to give McCain cover and agree to the Democratic bill, again net win for the Democrats.

      If Romney or Huckabee had won instead of McCain, this tactic wouldn't have worked since they, not being in Congress, wouldn't have a vote on the issue and wouldn't have to take a firm stand, waiting to see which way the wind blew.

      Given the circumstances, though, it seems at first glance that Democrats moving their own plan forward, and forcing McCain to make the decision whether it sinks or swims, puts the Republicans and McCain in an untenable situation.

      •  I think McCain has boxed himself in... (0+ / 0-)

        for the sake of 1 or 2 days of press about his "suspended campaign" or "enabling the bailout".  I really feel his whole campaign is just to play for 1 more day by stirring up shit day in and day out.  The whole media narrative since "fundamentals are sound" has been "can you believe what McCain just did"?  His campaign is not at all about problem resolution or the betterment of the country.. it's about him getting elected.. and I doubt he gives a shit what happens after the inaugural ball, he'll probably demand a casino night theme for the whole shebang should he win.. and he just might.  The best thing for the Dems to do is keep pushing bills that have Obama's 5 major points in it as a minimum.  No golden parachutes, taxpayer equity, mortgage relief, regulation.. all of it or nothing.    

        "He was a drinking man with a guitar problem." James McMurtry

        by lzyltnin on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 10:34:33 PM PDT

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  •  FREE MARKET SOLUTION... (1+ / 0-)
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    that's what the republicans are saying, now...

    they are proposing

    1.  more tax breaks for anyone willing to buy out these firms; and
    1.  LESS regulation.

    then, for good measure, they're calling the work we've done for a week compromising with bush's power grab for a unitary executive with his hands in the entire american treasury..

    "the BUSH-DEMOCRAT plan."

    It gives me comfort just to think that ... we will have a president who has actually read the Federalist Papers. - Wick Allison

    by jj24 on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 10:00:48 PM PDT

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