Last night, gunfire was exchanged between Pakistani and American troops (and Afghani troops as well). This may not have been a particularly big deal, but minor incidents like this can turn into decades of strife and warfare when people like George Bush, Sarah Palin, and that selfish addled moron the Republicans have nominated to run for President, John McCan’t, are in charge.

I am deeply annoyed at the selfish and cowardly stunt McCain pulled earlier this week. As the Herbert Hoover of the presidential candidates, the only thing McCain can do to have even the slightest chance of winning this election is to produce a series of hail Mary stunts in the hope that the well documented stupidity of roughly half of the American Electorate (“Which half?” you ask? The stupid half, you know of whom I speak) will save his sorry ass.

Did this latest cowardly stunt of pretending to ‘suspend’ his campaign to rush off to fix everything in Washington have a negative effect on the actual process of pulling the Banking Industry’s nuts out of this particular fire?

I think Chris Dodd was right when he said “What this looked like to me was a rescue plan for John McCain for two hours” referring to McCain’s ungainly and distracting appearance on the scene in Washington.

What McCain did was exactly what the Republicans have been doing all along: Wrap oneself up in the appropriate flag, insist that everyone else is being partisan, then dive in with the most partisan strategy possible. “When you start injecting presidential politics into delicate negotiations, you can actually injet more problems, rather than less.” (Not the best put statement I’ve ever heard from Obama, but totally correct, of course.)

John McCain is a Coward. John McCain is an annoying moron. Sarah Palin makes John McCain look good. In a funny, demented, sick kind of way.

Who is advising this guy? Actually, he is being advised by a pack of crooks and miscreants, the usual Republican crew, including the notorious Charlie Black, lobbyist of the damned who will some day be in jail; Lobbyist and former Reagan advisor, Rick Davis; Bush-Cheney spokesman Steve Schmidt; Lindsey Graham: One of the key architects of the Clinton impeachment; Bill McInturf, architect of the “Harry and Louise” campaign to drive a stake into Hillary Clinton’s health care plan during the Clinton Administration.

Let’s try this instead:

If you want to send a message, give the Obama campaign ten bucks. If a zillion of us do that, there will be a bump in his funding at his particular moment. How will that look? Very good, I suspect. That will truly send a message.

Or wait until just after the debate, tonight. If there is a debate. Hey, if there is not debate, I’m giving Barack 20 bucks….. and a head of lettuce.

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  1. #1 True Debates
    September 26, 2008

    The 1992 Presidential Debates with Ross Perot were not dull. His warnings have now come true. Replace John McCain with Ron Paul. Add Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney. Barack Obama must earn his victory, not win by default.

  2. #2 sailor
    September 26, 2008

    I just saw this on Huffington Post
    “Bush is no diplomat,” said a Democratic staffer, “but he’s Cardinal freaking Richelieu compared to McCain. McCain couldn’t negotiate an agreement on dinner among a family of four without making a big drama with himself at the heroic center of it. And then they’d all just leave to make themselves a sandwich.”

    Yes, Obama is doing incredibly well, but even with McCain’s childish “keep me in center-frame histrionics” it is an uphill battle for him, because many white Americans are worried about voting for someone who is by American standards, black. Instead of $20, let’s make it $100 or $200. Imagine what will happen if McCain gets in and you can see that is not a gift but a very wise investment.

  3. #3 Dean
    September 26, 2008

    “The 1992 Presidential Debates with Ross Perot were not dull.”
    No, they showed what a paranoid, uniformed moron Ross Perot was (and probably still is).
    Incorrect numbers in his charts, ranting about jobs south of the border (except for all of the jobs HIS companies had there).
    And Ron Paul – friend of racists, neo-nazis, creationists, and isolationists? If people of his ilk are held up as saviors we truly are in trouble.

  4. #4 rob
    September 26, 2008

    the proposed bail out for the financial companies that have their nuts in the fire is 700 billion. i saw on the news that the american public has about 950 billion in credit debt.

    so, tack on another 250 billion to the proposed 700 billion and instead bail out the american public. do you want to help hundreds of millions of people directly or do you want to help a few incompetently run companies?

    of course the situation is more complex, so a simple solution like this would not likely solve the problem. but still, ours is a government for the people run by the people. why do we let it screw us for the benefit of a few companies.

  5. #5 Mike
    September 26, 2008

    In talking about gunfire exchanges with Pakistani troops, i am curious why you said nothing about Obama. He has been pretty supportive of incursions into Pakistan to take out Bin Laden. Here is a link and one of Obama’s quotes

    “Obama said if elected in November 2008 he would be willing to attack inside Pakistan with or without approval from the Pakistani government, a move that would likely cause anxiety in the already troubled region.”

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    September 26, 2008

    Mike: I’m not really taking a position on this issue. This is not the kind of thing one can take a position on. It is against international law to invade another country, so you can’t do it. But if Osama Bin Laden was really in Pakastan (I think he is not) and we really knew where he was, it would be perfectly reasonable to get Pakistan on the phone and politely explain how they are going to help extract the criminal as per usual. If he really was there and we really knew where he was that would have happened already.

    My point is that no matter what the situation is, a Busy or a Palin or a McCain will fuck it up.

    By the way, has no one ever told Palin about body language?

  7. #7 Nana FCD
    September 26, 2008

    I watched the debate…McCain and his freak show scare
    the living hell out of me…and sent Obama 50 bucks.