Er … Senator McCain? This is no time to be “Bipartisan” …
Is Dan Bartlett advising John McCain?
Jim Geraghty highlights one of the reasons why John McCain is fading in the Eleventh Hour. Somehow, he’s managed to convince himself (I’m guessing must be all those Maverick references in his speeches) that the best way forward is to start sounding “Bipartisan” notes.
… it is worth noting that some of the current frustration with the McCain camp is coming from conservatives who are plugged in to alternative media, who see plenty of winning arguments that could make a difference in the election.
What would happen if John McCain, in his next speech, quoted all of the Democrats who insisted everything was fine at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and insisted the regulators lay off? Not just one or two, but all of these quotes …?
Picture the ad:
Barney Frank: “I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing.”
Announcer: He rolled the dice, and lost. And now you’re paying the bill.
Instead, these are the ads he’s running:
“What a week,” McCain says into the camera. “Democrats blamed Republicans. Republicans blamed Democrats. We’re the United States of America. It shouldn’t take a crisis to pull us together.”
First, we discover that veterans of the Bush White House were assigned to “handle” Sarah Palin, and like they did with Bush, they advised silence and a media blackout while her reputation was taking a daily trashing.
Now we find John McCain spending good money on New Tone&trade style adverts that appeal to no one but professional mush-headed “moderates” who would smile bovinely at them and still pull the lever for Barack Obama because he has better stage management.
This is a time to fight, John McCain, not make nice. What the heck is wrong with you?