Is McCain/Palin Already Preparing an Enemies List?From the way he's been lashing out at the media as though they were an ex-girlfriend(which, for him, they kinda are), you'd think so.
It's clear that the McCain campaign has basically decided on using the Bush playbook for handling the press. But I think the campaign made one critical error. The whole bully/lie/clamp-up method of handling reporters works swimmingly if you're already in power. Not so much if you're still trying to get power. It's fine to appoint unqualified hacks to office, especially if you're in your second term. Not so much when you're still running for your first. Don't they kind of need whatever favorable coverage they can get right now? It's just over a month till the election, and the debates begin this week. With questions asked by...the media.
Why attack the messenger? especially one that used to like you(to say the least) and now may want to remedy a perception of the public's that this colors their judgment. Which is to say, the media used to be face-down on a table for McCain, asses eager, spread, and aloft, handing him the lube. They might consider that embarrassing now and may be even more tough on him if provoked. I don't recall where it says you ward off a hungry beast by shouting and waving fresh meat in its face.
Does he remember Bush 41, 1992, and how effectively they cock-blocked that washed-up Republican? By the way: Whose bailout of the S&Ls played a large part in his defeat. Said bailout caused by a fellow named Keating. Who was helped out by five corrupt senators, one named McCain. Which brings us back to why this bastard should never be given the remote, much less the controls of the economy.And if, in this climate, you just had an article published about how health care should be as unregulated as the banking industry, if you had a 100% record of voting against any regulation that might have lessened this disaster, and most especially if one of your main advisers was a lobbyist against regulation for Fannie & Freddie(Rick Davis, who, in doing this, directly helped bring about Black September), you might want to be especially nice to the press, I'd think.But no, all he does is get angry, flail about, and scream how his former sweetie's new boyfriend is nothing under all the flash. This is what we call "loser talk," McCain. And whatever the context, it doesn't take a sense of creepiness off you.
Labels: election 2008, politics