Sunday, September 28, 2008

McCain's Mounting Problems

Huffington Post details the current list of scandals and problems dogging the McCain campaign.

Just in the last day or two, we've learned that McCain's campaign manager not only took money from Freddie and Fannie, but also did maintain ties to his lobbying firm, despite his protests. And it very well might be the case that he was steering millions of dollars of business from McCain and the RNC to his firms. Then The New York Times pens a detailed article about John McCain and the gaming business, touching both on his personal penchant for gambling and his complicated relationship with the industry. And the Washington Post detailed McCain's newest gamble, trying to wreck the bailout deal not for any substantive reason, but rather to advance his poltical career.

Meanwhile, we have GOP defectors speaking out against Sarah Palin, some even urging her to quit the ticket. Not coincidentally, McCain-land prays for an October wedding for Palin's pregnant 17 year-old daughter. They have to be worried about Thursday's debate because even though most people expect Palin to do fine in the highly scripted debate format, if she screws up even slightly, it will be the talk of the campaign. They didn't trust her enough to do post-debate spin, and with good reason: at a Philly cheesesteak shop, she (perhaps unwittingly) supported Obama's position on dealing with Pakistan and opposed McCain's.

It's almost too much for any one person to follow; the flow of information is just staggering. And that's where Frank Rich comes in: connecting all the datapoints of the past few days and weeks, concluding with a powerful and damning indictments of John McCain's character:

He may be the first presidential candidate in our history to risk wrecking the country even before being voted into the Oval Office.

It's worth keeping that bottom-line in mind as we chase the news over the final 5 weeks of the campaign.

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1 comment:

angelinjones said...

Obama offered encouraging words for a bipartisan energy plan that would permit oil drilling within 50 miles of Florida's west coast," the St. Petersburg Times reported. And in case you had forgotten, there's still the issue of how much the Michigan and Florida delegates will get to participate at the Democratic convention.