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Old 10-09-2008, 11:52 AM   #1
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Default George Will Slams McCain Again

McCain in a Bear Market

By George F. Will
Thursday, October 9, 2008

Time was, the Baltimore Orioles' manager was Earl Weaver, a short, irascible, Napoleonic figure who, when cranky, as he frequently was, would shout at an umpire, "Are you going to get any better or is this it?" With, mercifully, only one debate to go, that is the question about John McCain's campaign. ...

In the closing days of his 10-year quest for the presidency, McCain finds it galling that Barack Obama is winning the first serious campaign he has ever run against a Republican. Before Tuesday night's uneventful event, gall was fueling what might be the McCain-Palin campaign's closing argument. It is less that Obama has bad ideas than that Obama is a bad person.

This, McCain and his female Sancho Panza say, is demonstrated by bad associations Obama had in Chicago, such as with William Ayers, the unrepentant terrorist. But the McCain-Palin charges have come just as the Obama campaign is benefiting from a mass mailing it is not paying for. Many millions of American households are gingerly opening envelopes containing reports of the third-quarter losses in their 401(k) and other retirement accounts -- telling each household its portion of the nearly $2 trillion that Americans' accounts have recently shed. In this context, the McCain-Palin campaign's attempt to get Americans to focus on Obama's Chicago associations seems surreal -- or, as a British politician once said about criticism he was receiving, "like being savaged by a dead sheep."



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I concede...barring a dead girl or a live boy, Obama is going to win this election.
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I concede...barring a dead girl or a live boy, Obama is going to win this election.
I agree, and thats why I was interested in your thread you started about Obama. Maybe Mosca, Tony, or Dan can really answer the question instead of being a kool aid drinking smart ass. One reason I was disappointed in last debate was the lack of substance. It did nothing for McCain. It seems McCain is getting blamed for economy, and that is the nail in the coffin I think. Unless the Bradley effect kicks in he is done. McCain didn't do enough to disassociate himself from Bush. I don't believe the economy is either candidates fault but McCain is the one suffering from it. Change, the key word winning the election for Obama is the word that scares me. What will Obama do. Socialized medicine? Amnesty for illegals, pull out of Iraq. The one thing I do like about Obama is he seems to want to focus on Afghanistan and get Osama. I can't believe he is not six feet under yet.
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I concede...barring a dead girl or a live boy, Obama is going to win this election.



Now that's funny!
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The one thing Obama needs to start thinking about now... and doing...

is pulling away from tagging McCain with the economy.

Why? you ask?

Because if this is true, and Obama has the election tied up, tagging McCain with the economy now may be the nail in Obama's political coffin 4 years from now, much like Carter.

There is no guarantee that Obama's policies will pull us out of where we are heading. Matter of fact, I think the scare factor has driven us here to a large extent.. but that is a debate for another thread.

If Obama does not back away, and the economy is worse in four years, he WILL lose based on the fact that he was not able to fix it. It will be Carter/Reagan all over again, provided the GOP can put up a decent candidate, and the GOP haven't been able to do that since Reagan.
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The one thing Obama needs to start thinking about now... and doing...

is pulling away from tagging McCain with the economy.

Why? you ask?

Because if this is true, and Obama has the election tied up, tagging McCain with the economy now may be the nail in Obama's political coffin 4 years from now, much like Carter.

There is no guarantee that Obama's policies will pull us out of where we are heading. Matter of fact, I think the scare factor has driven us here to a large extent.. but that is a debate for another thread.

If Obama does not back away, and the economy is worse in four years, he WILL lose based on the fact that he was not able to fix it. It will be Carter/Reagan all over again, provided the GOP can put up a decent candidate, and the GOP haven't been able to do that since Reagan.
That is true regardless of what he says. The President can't run from the economy ever.
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I'm still not willing to concede anything because of my experiences with candidates who have done poorly in "polls" and aren't endorsed by the media and end up winning their elections.

If Obama would somehow pull this off, I won't wish any harm on him, but I will never accept him as President of the country I love so deeply. My conscience and moral standards won't permit me to do so, sorry.
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I'm still not willing to concede anything because of my experiences with candidates who have done poorly in "polls" and aren't endorsed by the media and end up winning their elections.

If Obama would somehow pull this off, I won't wish any harm on him, but I will never accept him as President of the country I love so deeply. My conscience and moral standards won't permit me to do so, sorry.

So, Canada? Australia? Iceland's not bad if you don't use ATMs anyway.
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That is true regardless of what he says. The President can't run from the economy ever.

Which is a big problem in the US economy and presidential politics.

In truth, the economy usually lags years behind presidential decisions, and there are few things a president can really do to affect the economy.

Cut or raise taxes is about the only thing (outside of lunacy, such as Nixon's price controls, or socializing medicine). And honestly, it is minimal. One thing I appreciated about president Bush when he was running for office in 2000, was that he refused to pin the recession on Clinton (back then, it was about the only thing I appreciated about Bush, except his stand on abortion).

But presidential politics being what they are, in 4 years, the economy will get pinned on the president, good or bad.


For example, Do you remember Nixon and price controls? His price controls were about 50-60 percent of the problem in Carter's administration... Inflation ran rampant partly, in my opinion, because it had to make up ground.

Yet, Carter got blamed for everything.

That is why blaming a president for the economy in his 4 or 8 years is erroneous at best.
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