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A Post in Which I Formally Endorse John McCain

McCain made a gutsy, principled move that placed his country before himself, proving that he still has what it takes to serve.

While his opponent is happy to play politics with what may be the most serious financial crisis America has ever seen, McCain stepped up, and declared that his current job as Senator was more important than his campaign for his next job, President of the United States.

While I disagree with the candidate for some of his politics, I can't help but admire the man for his integrity and strength of character. And when I look at his opponent, an opportunistic product of the Chicago political machine, a cipher in a business suit, well the choice becomes clear.

No, there's no real practical difference in what I'm doing. Before I was voting against Obama; now I'm voting for McCain. It's still only one vote, but I'm always happier voting for a candidate instead of against one.
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"John McCain has skipped more votes during this session than any member of the Senate except for Tim Johnson, who had major brain surgery. He hasn't cast a single vote in five months, since April 9. All of a sudden, McCain is demanding that the presidential race shut down so he can return to Washington?"

<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/24/mccain-wants-a-time-out_n_128991.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/24/mccain-wants-a-time-out_n_128991.html</a>
Posted by Brian B. Burton  on  09/24  at  09:45 PM

Yep. Of course, there wasn't an impending domestic meltdown during that whole time now was there. Incidentally, Obama has missed nearly as many votes as McCain, According to Project Vote Smart, both candidates have missed in excess of 300 major votes.

Of course, Huffington post doesn't tell that part of the story, do they.

So Brian, given that both candidates have mised a similar number of votes while out campaigning, what does that say about McCain, that he's willing to leave the campaign field while he goes back to do his job, while Obama stays on the campaign trail?

Which candidate seems more concerned about the fate of our nation, and which is more concerned about his own political fortunes?

Thanks for playing.
Posted by Rich Hailey  on  09/24  at  10:21 PM

Well, since you brought it up, what is either of them going to do if they go back to Congress Friday, other then political grandstanding?
We have HUNDREDS of other members of Congress, how about we let the two guys campaigning for President do that, and let _all_ of the other bozos and their lobbyists figure out how to solve "the crisis " / screw the public.

Additionally, as a possible President, I FULLY EXPECT a potential candidate to be able to multitask. I already have a president that can't handle doing more then one thing at a time (sometimes that's a blessing in disguise) We don't need another one.
Posted by Brian B.  on  09/24  at  10:44 PM

Are you even roughly acquainted with the facts?

McCain is going to work in the Senate tomorrow, not Friday, and as for what he's going to do, well, I'd guess he's going to go do the job he was elected to do. I know it may seem quaint and old fashioned to cynical folks like yourself, but there's still some people out there who believe that when they are getting paid to do a job, they should actually do the job.

If there's nothing major going on, it's expected that candidates will miss votes in order to campaign. But when something big comes up, like say, I don't know, a financial crisis that may rival the Great Depression, any Senator with an ounce of duty in his soul will get back to work, and it doesn't matter how many other Congressmen or Senators there are.

Multitasking sounds great in principle, except in truth it means you're giving each task less than your complete concentration. And when you divide your attention, it's clear that you have to prioritize, to decide which task deserves more attention.

So let's look and see where the two candidate's priorities lie, shall we? I think it is reasonable to assume that their priorities are best evidenced by where they decided they were most needed.

Sen. McCain left his campaign behind to return to Washington to do whatever is needed. He has obviously decided that his top priority is the well being of America, and that his personal ambitions are secondary to that. Obama has stayed in Florida, continuing to prepare for his solo debate Friday night. He has obviously calculated differently. The economic health of America is secondary to his own personal ambitions.

You can call that multitasking if that makes you feel better but I call it blind personal ambition.
Posted by Rich Hailey  on  09/25  at  12:31 AM

So lets see..McCain says that he's suspending his campaign. So he cancels his appearance on Letterman saying that he had to get to Washington, and then it turns out that he showed up on Katie Couric's show.

Then it turns out that McCain is going to stay in New York overnight and give a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative tomorrow and will only THEN go to Washington where he will attend a meeting at the Whitehouse..with Obama.

So what exactly does suspending the campaign mean? He's still on the trail. His website is still up and running. He plans to stop airing ads, but I have no idea what relevance that has to anything. Its not as if he has to run to each station and hit play on the VCR. I suspect that it has more to do with conserving cash than anything else.

Frankly, it seems like he's trying to get out of the VP debate seeing as he wants to make the VP debate a Presidential debate. Clearly Biden is going to clean Palin's clock.
Posted by Manish  on  09/25  at  03:28 AM

From americablog.com:

It's not a suspension of your campaign when you continue to do everything you already had planned for that day. Yesterday, McCain continued to meet with Her Royal Highness Lady de Rothschild and Sir Bono the Good, then this morning, rather than returning to DC to work on the crisis, McCain continued his campaign schedule in NYC sucking up to Clinton voters at Bill Clinton's global initiative. Mind you, while McCain keeps to his schedule in NYC sucking up to Clinton voters, the actual meeting with Republicans about the economic bailout plan is taking place in Washington - McCain won't be there, just like he wasn't there for pretty much any important vote this year (it's true, he can't multi-task). Then at 11am, McCain's senior economics advisor is busy doing a campaign event with the uber-conservative Washington Times (she's not there as a private citizen). It isn't a suspension of your campaign when you continue to do everything you were going to do anyway.

Oh, and Sarah Palin is campaigning and doing a press event at Ground Zero. Yes, using Ground Zero as a press event, and doing it on the day that supposedly the McCain campaign has suspended their campaign.
Posted by Brian B.  on  09/25  at  02:23 PM

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