Thursday, September 25, 2008

Alright, We'll Call It a Draw

Gimmick. John McCain, after saying the fundamentals of our economy are strong, after saying we have time for a commission, after saying it was just about greedy CEOs, suddenly calls for a suspension of the Presidential campaign because of the economic crisis cannot afford even another moment.

With poll numbers plummeting, with more and more coming to light about McCain's campaign manager's firm being paid millions of dollars for access to McCain specifically for the deregulation of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, with the press not falling for the fake Palin UN photo op, with Palin's not so hot interview with Katie Couric (Couric rating only slightly more difficult an interview than Larry King and Barney the Purple Dinosaur), McCain now calls for the campaigns to be suspended. It brought to mind one line: Alright, we'll call it a draw.

Obama's repsonse: "Presidents are going to have to deal with more than one thing at a time. It’s not necessary for us to think that we can do only one thing, and suspend everything else." In other words, "What are you going to do, bleed on me?"

The Palin pick was supposed to be a game changer. Down by seven points just after half time, it was a risky long pass. But while it got them inside the 20, the polls show that they had to settle for a field goal and still find themselves down by four, really not any better off than they were before. In fact, (to labor this metaphor) the kickoff after the field goal was run back deep into his territory and a touchdown for Obama in the debates on Friday or the VP debates (Biden, the veteran receiver trying to be covered by, Palin, the rookie defensive back) would pretty much put the game out of reach. Indeed, Obama could run the clock out. McCain is now pulling every trick play out he can find in his playbook. Gimmick, pure and simple.