John McCain vs. John McCain
September 5, 2008 4 Comments
Back in the beginning of August, back when John McCain was still telling us experience mattered, before he and his ilk were so infatuated with Sarah Palin that they tossed away a year’s worth of message-building on an attractive pander, McCain spent most of his time calling his opponent an empty suit, saying he gave speeches with no substance and gave his take on what would be the important markers in this election:
“I know, by the way, and you know, that Senator Obama will give a great speech at their convention before 75,000 people in Denver, and I don’t expect to match up to that,’’ Mr. McCain told a crowd at a fund-raiser at the Wakonda Club here. “And in the debates, I expect him to do extremely well in the debates. He’s very, very good. But I think it’s going to be substance that matters.’’
Then, of course, prodded on by the “liberal media,” Obama delivered a tremendous speech packed with the soaring oratory for which he is known as well as specific points and proposals for change.
The next day, John McCain selected a neophyte unknown as his running mate and had to alter his entire campaign.
Which led his campaign manager to tell the Washington Post this week:
“This election is not about issues,” said Davis. “This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates.”
Make up your damn minds, guys.
McCain then tried to seize the “change” mantra and attempted to establish himself – a 26-year Washington Insider and heavy supporter of the President on 95 percent of the policy including all the (his words) “Transcendent issues” of the day – as a change agent, despite never having actually done it.
Basically, his argument is that we should put one of the inmates in charge of the asylum. In his speech he said he let Washington change him and then went on to try and argue that despite being part of the problem for nearly three decades, he could bring about change.
We in the business call that “hypocrisy.”
And after his listening to his speech – which was one of the best I’ve ever seen McCain give – it’s easy to see why the election is not about issues – Mac doesn’t have any. He has no plans and offered no policy proposals or examples of what he do to change things.
He simply told us his incredibly compelling story and hopes we all agree he that he simply deserves the White House, that he’s earned it.
It’s no wonder then that this is yet another hypocrisy on the part of a campaign that contradicts itself every chance it gets. Frankly, we should have seen it coming.
I wonder what he’ll be telling us in another month…