Friday, September 26, 2008

Ex-Adviser: McCain "Blinked," Campaign "Governed By Tactics, Not Ideology"

(The picture to the left was put out, not only before the debate took place, but before McCain had even done his U-turn and decided to attend the debate after all.)

After saying for days that he would not participate in the debate unless the financial crisis was sorted, McCain has now tucked his tail between his little legs and boarded a plane headed for Mississippi.

I suppose the fact that some lunatic Republicans are planning on opposing this bill - and that they are suspicious about whether or not McCain is really one of them - meant that his role as white Knight on a charger would have required him to do more than simply turn up. He would have to turn up and express an opinion, something which McCain preferred not to do. After all, they already suspect he's not one of them, so he can hardly speak out and confirm it.

It's sad to say but, at this moment in time, Sarah Palin is actually his lifeline. The lunatic fringe of the Republican party simply don't trust McCain. They are that far gone. Palin is their reason to trust him. It simply doesn't get any sadder than that.

Now, even traditional conservatives are saying that the McCain camp looks foolish and without principle.

"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."

Shirley added, "My guess is that plasma units are rushing to the McCain campaign as we speak to replace the blood flowing there from the fights among the staff."

So, McCain made a big deal out of drawing a line in the sand.

The more lunatic fringe of the Republican party have kicked the sand in his face and now, rather than challenging them or being a coward and drawing a line further up the beach, McCain has actually taken his bucket and spade and left the beach altogether to go and do the thing he swore he would not do.

This whole campaign suspension period has been an unmitigated disaster for McCain; first, he insists that he won't leave Washington until the crisis is sorted, then he arrives in Washington and rather uselessly refuses to even state his position, and finally he leaves Washington, having achieved nothing - because that would require him to make a stance - having achieved little other than having wrapped himself in ignominy.

That's leadership? No, that's called blinking. My friend, you've just been rumbled.

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