Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mixed Bag

Well, what a day. You know it was a strange day where President Bush comes off looking like a statesman.

Let's lead off with Bush. In his speech to the nation tonight he laid out the reasons in simplistic form why we are where we are and the steps needed to avert a bigger crisis. He tied it up into very simple terms so people could understand that this isn't bailing out Wall Street for Wall Street's sake. It was for everyone with a 401k, a mortgage, a small business, etc. Overall he did a good job selling the public on the need to clean up the mess he failed to prevent.

I can certainly understand the lack of trust in him after all of the lies we have been told by him before to drive his agenda, but I am inclined to think that this is the least ugly (but still ugly) path.

Speaking about the bailout and it is hard not to. I can understand the sentiment on limited executive bonuses but there needs to be some restraint on going too far. Bonuses are one thing, cutting salaries as McCain proposed to the max of the highest government official would be irresponsible and would probably lead to record foreclosures in Manhattan.

So with all that in mind, what the heck was John McCain thinking today? This Hail Mary pass wreaks with desperation when there is no reason politically for him to be desperate. For a guy that has not voted on a bill since April 8th, the need for him to run back to Washington to distract from those have their heads down working on this bill is almost (but not quite) as disgraceful as picking Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Let's just say that the American public buys this BS hook line and sinker and he reverses himself in the polls and in a few weeks he is down again. What is his next act? Is he on the next plane to Pakistan to find Bin Laden himself?

Do you think that Sarah Palin gets her per diem increased every time she uses the word "maverick" in a sentence?

Speaking of runningmates, one running mate doesn't talk at all, the other one talks too much. I like Joe Biden. At times during the primary I went back and forth between him and Barack. He will be a great VP, he is a dope as a runningmate. All I can say is "Joe, keep up the good work".

For all the scripting and avoidance of saying anything that could later be used against him, Joe is a walking contradiction. These are the same traits that McCain had in the primaries that were so popular but have since vanished completely.


If this doesn't disturb you about Palin, I give up (from today's Politico:

This isn't a good scene, and may have the McCain campaign regretting permitting reporters into the photo ops where, as Jonathan Martin notes, they have a bad habit of asking questions:

McCain then looked around the room and gestured as if to welcome questions. The AP reporter shouted a question at Gov. Palin (“Governor, what have you learned from your meetings?”) but McCain aide Brooke Buchanan intervened and shepherded everybody out of the room.

Palin looked surprised, leaned over to McCain and asked him a question, to which your pooler thinks he shook his head as if to say “No.”

You really can't be serious. I thought Cambell Brown was wrong to suggest that the McCain camp was sexist to not allow Sarah to speak but after reading this, how can you say otherwise?

They really don't trust her.

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