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September 24, 2008

WALKING AND CHEWING GUM AT THE SAME TIME.... We're starting to get a better sense of what the McCain campaign's "suspension" means in a practical sense. CNN, citing senior campaign adviser Mark Salter, reports that the Republican nominee "will suspend airing all ads and all campaign events pending an agreement with Obama, though Salter did not know whether John McCain will suspend fundraising activities. He added that McCain would take part in the debate as scheduled if Congress reached agreement on the measure by Friday morning."

McCain is still prepared to speak at the Clinton Global Initiative tomorrow -- it's not the crisis should completely cause McCain to scrap his schedule -- but then he'll be ready to do some policy work on the Hill.

And if I understand the rationale, McCain believes the crisis is so important, it's worth focusing all of his attention on it -- at least between Friday and Tuesday -- and nothing else.

This is ridiculous for any number of reasons. First, the crisis isn't new, and McCain didn't reach this conclusion until his poll numbers started falling. Would McCain have made this absurd decision if the polls showed him with momentum? Of course not.

Second, lawmakers and administration officials have been on the case for a while; it's not like McCain has anything specific to contribute to the discussion. Indeed, if two candidates, their respective teams, the Secret Service, and a media circus went to the Hill on Friday, the chances of progress on a legislative package go down, not up.

But even more importantly, McCain is subtly telling voters that he's not especially good at multitasking. As Yglesias put it, "I think walking and chewing gum at the same time is part of the president's job."

It's certainly supposed to be. We've had campaigns, debates, ads, speeches, and fundraisers during wars and natural disasters, but we've never had a candidate who didn't think he could handle campaigning during a crisis before.

McCain, in other words, apparently wants to call a time-out. I don't blame him, necessarily, but here's the thing: presidents don't get to call time-outs. They don't get to put some responsibilities on hold while they tend to other responsibilities. They need to be resilient, and put their duties ahead of the distractions and fatigue.

McCain, for lack of a better word, appears terrified this afternoon -- terrified of losing, terrified of the race slipping away, terrified of a debate, terrified of events unfolding beyond his control.

And so, scared, he panicked, and made yet another rash and cynical decision.

John McCain is fundamentally unsuited for the presidency. Why he seems so anxious to remind us of this fact is a mystery.

Steve Benen 4:55 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (67)

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The problem with stunts is that they work. Palin worked, may be fading now, but it worked.

This one is cheap and transparent, but McCain can't be allowed to present himself as "the Commander in chief" a few weeks before the election. He's not really DOING anything, but alot of stupid people will fall for this. Obama better handle this one carefully.

Posted by: Saint Zak on September 24, 2008 at 4:59 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder if it's just me seeing this, but did anyone else notice McCain winking at someone when he first stated that he was suspending the campaign? Because I totally saw a wink.

Posted by: shortpants on September 24, 2008 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

Are they re-enacting a scene from one of the Mel Brooks movies: gimme what I want or I will shoot myself?

Some sheriff John McCain is.

Posted by: gregor on September 24, 2008 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

If he is so obviously unsuited, why does it look like some 50 million voters think he's their guy?

My guess is this stunt works for him -- big time. The press will love it, independents, undecideds and Republicans will love it.

Only sentient beings (everyone else, and decidedly a minority) will see through this nonsense for what it is.

Posted by: Jim Phao on September 24, 2008 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

During the Iranian hostage crisis in 1980, Jimmy Carter debated Ronald Reagan. (He wasn't eager to do it, but he did it.) If Jimmy Carter, President of the United States, can do it, a senator who hasn't voted since April can do it.

Posted by: dbomp on September 24, 2008 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

I suspect that the real reason McCain is suspending "his" campaign is that his campaign organization is in chaos, with the Rove gang trying to assert complete control and kick out Rick Davis. Once that power struggle is resolved, probably with the Rove gang's successful ouster of Davis, then the campaign will resume.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on September 24, 2008 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

Talk about a manipulative ploy by McCain -- he gets to say Clinton, Clinton, Clinton, bipartisan, bipartisan, bipartisan, all while saving himself a few of his precious TV ad dollars.

Posted by: Bose on September 24, 2008 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

He's unwell. That much is quite clear.

Posted by: Pete in Washington on September 24, 2008 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

Looks like Obama is going with the walking and chewing gum argument:

"With respect to the debates, it's my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who, in approximately 40 days, will be responsible for dealing with this mess. And I think that it is going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once," Obama said.

Posted by: Jon B. on September 24, 2008 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

and what exactly is the rationale for this? it is truly bizarre ... What Obama seemed to be offering, namely, a joint statement of bailout principles, made sense; this is just nonsense.

Posted by: sjw on September 24, 2008 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe this explains his inability to keep a jet fighter aloft. Someone from the deck crew was slipping him a stick of gum before takeoff.

Posted by: steve duncan on September 24, 2008 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

St. Zak, stunts work, but as you noted re Palin, only for a short while. Today this gets McCain some attention back, the press may start out lauding his selflessness. . . but like Palin, on further reflection it will be less than it first appeared. It will raise the pressure on McCain to make a dramatic contribution - which I doubt he is capable of. From the grassroots will build a concern about the ability to multi-task.

This will backfire, just like Palin did.

Posted by: zeitgeist on September 24, 2008 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

it's not like McCain has anything specific to contribute to the discussion.

What? I beg your pardon. They'll love to spend hours hearing Grampy talk about the old days of the Keating Five and how he slipped out of that one.

That's Just What I Said

Posted by: Dale on September 24, 2008 at 5:07 PM | PERMALINK

I agree with you, Steve, but I also agree with the first comment on the thread: this crap works for McCain. CNN's headline a few hours ago was: Mcain: Campain can wait, Crisis more important. That's the kind of coverage his dumb ploys get, and it seems to work. Now, I think there is a bouncing ball effect here...each ridiculous ploy nets him less momentum, but he is AMAZING at changing the subject, so look for more fawning coverage of McCain the Bipartisan. Ugh.

Posted by: ReallyFedUp on September 24, 2008 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

It should be pointed out that Republican party is doing much of the advertising for McCain, and I assume that he is not calling them to stop advertising.

Posted by: The Retrospectivist on September 24, 2008 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

From what I've heard on the tube, there's been enough coverage to suggest that the notion of a political stunt on McCain's part is getting out there. Rs are going to side with McCain, Ds with Obama, so we're back to the low-info voters and a few true independents.

Although I must admit, if one candidate was going to debate himself, I would have predicted it would be McCain.

Posted by: beep52 on September 24, 2008 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

Well, in all fairness, when would McCain have gotten any negative feedback from anyone he has to listen to, under the media's "Everything is good for John McCain (/Bush/Republicans/etc.)" rules of reporting and analysis? Of course he's going to think this is a great move; he thinks *everything* is a great move.

Posted by: Chris on September 24, 2008 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, he's using it as more leverage to ram a deal through before the unsuspecting citizenry can blink and all of his buddies are lining their pockets with another borrowed trillion that WE have to pay back.

No deal, old man.

Posted by: doubtful on September 24, 2008 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

It's not a suspension, it's a change of venue. McCain will be campaigning from the floor of the US Senate. He's not up to speed on the negotiations, so what does he have to offer, other than his mug for a photo op?

George Will recently blasted McCain for not appearing 'Presidential'. Maybe his campaign figures appearing 'Senatorial' is good enough.

Posted by: JoeW on September 24, 2008 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

Desperation is dangerous.

Posted by: MissMudd on September 24, 2008 at 5:13 PM | PERMALINK

It's just a political stunt designed to make McCain look like he cares more about the economic crisis than Obama does.

Never mind the fact that McCain has not cast a vote in the Senate since April 8th, despite the fact that he had already wrapped up the nomination by that point!

Obama, at least, has an excuse for missing Senate votes in April and May. He was still involved in a competitive primary. What's McCain's excuse?

Posted by: mfw13 on September 24, 2008 at 5:13 PM | PERMALINK

For my sins, I watched the latest "Die Hard" installment on HBO t'other night, and the whole time I kept thinking of the BushMcCain Theory of Governance. My wife, sitting next to me, had never seen one of these, and I think I only saw the first two, so at this late date we're both pretty astonished at the waaaaaay beyond shark-jumping absurdity of the premise. Flying cars into helicopters, jumping from a semi truck onto a fighter jet, dispatching said jet, jumping off and surviving while jet explodes, etc. Not just one insanely impossible-to-live-through stunt, but a mind-numbing series of 'em.

So my wife, who's really unfamiliar with the franchise, says something along the lines of "According to what theory could this guy possibly have lived through all this stuff?" And the answer of course is, His Iron Will. How will he survive a blizzard of cataclysms and physics-defying crackups that would obliterate any actual human being and go on to stomp his way into the enemy's hideout and squeeze the life out of 'em? By cleverness, superior knowledge and insight, evasions and tactics? No. By Shear Indomitable Will.

I guess it's what Yglesias calls the Green Lantern Theory. Pretty stupid premise for a Hollywood action flick, but then those are supposed to be kind of stupid. It's really sad when a guy running for president--heck, a whole political party--seems to think exercising your Shear Indomitable Will like Bruce Willis in a stupid action movie is actually the way to solve complex problems.

Posted by: DrBB on September 24, 2008 at 5:14 PM | PERMALINK

Walk away from the net for a few hours and look what happens: McMeltdown!

Posted by: koreyel on September 24, 2008 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

But it sure has diverted attention away from Rick Davis today, hasn't it? Brilliant.

Posted by: kevmor on September 24, 2008 at 5:17 PM | PERMALINK

I can't wait for David Broder's gushing comments over this selfless act of bipartisanship by McCain.

Posted by: RollaMO on September 24, 2008 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

Question: Can they legally air the debate if only one candidate shows up?

Posted by: doubtful on September 24, 2008 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

And another thing... McCain seems not to realize he's running for president but he's NOT the president.

This isn't some war movie where some hotshot charges in, shouts some orders and saves the day. Who in the hell is going to listen to John McCain at this point?

He's been AWOL and seems to know little about the situation while others in Congress seem to have been working on a number of tracks.

Posted by: beep52 on September 24, 2008 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

hopefully there are enough members of the Enough Club to point out that this is the type of rash stunt they were referring to last week when they said McCain has not looked presidential in his temperment surrounding the economic crisis.

Posted by: zeitgeist on September 24, 2008 at 5:22 PM | PERMALINK

John McCain's stunt is no different tan running away from thew battlefield; it's called COWARDICE UNDER FIRE.

Way to go, McYellowBelly---now the whole damned world knows your little secret.

Can I start calling Joohn McCain "Senator McSurrenderMonkey" now?

Posted by: Steve on September 24, 2008 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

This is crap. Presidential campaigns have continued through wars and natural disasters. One of those wars was being fought on US soil! Plus, there was not the advantage of technology that we have at our finger-tips today.

I would like to hear just what McCain thinks his physical presence will bring to the process of cleaning up this god damn mess his party got us into. Tomorrow he's going to be at Clinton's Global Initiative. Why can't he fly to DC afterwards and be in Miss. Friday night? (Jesus - Hatch is on MSNBC lying his ass off!)

Why would you want to inject highly partisan presidential politics into this "crisis?" What purpose will it serve? Yeah - let's take the circus to Congress! Can't McCain do two things at once? Does he know about the invention of the telephone?

McCain is full of shit.

Posted by: Lori on September 24, 2008 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

McCain, in other words, apparently wants to call a time-out. I don't blame him, necessarily, but here's the thing: presidents don't get to call time-outs. They don't get to put some responsibilities on hold while they tend to other responsibilities. They need to be resilient, and put their duties ahead of the distractions and fatigue.

Steve have you forgot the last 8 years - vacation and 911 - vacation and Katrina. Some presidents do neglect some responsibilities. Perhaps you meant good presidents.

Posted by: Kelly on September 24, 2008 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

McCain has not be afraid of anything since about 1967, if then.

The reason why this is real is that the bailout plan is not going to pass. Pelosi has said she will not support it unless McCain does. I didn't notice her soliciting Obama's opinion.

One scenario, if Obama insists, is Palin walking out and debating him. It would be the highest rated debate in history. Lots of factors you folks haven't considered.

Posted by: Mike K on September 24, 2008 at 5:25 PM | PERMALINK

Can someone please, PLEASE point point out the campaign suspensions of 1864 and 1944. Embroiled in the two most desperately bloody wars fought in this nation's History, Presidents Roosevelt and Lincoln stepped away from petty politics and decided to put country fir....

... Oh, one second. Never mind.

Posted by: on September 24, 2008 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

Didn't John McCain say, like yesterday that any legislation should be put on line for five days before any vote?

Posted by: tomj on September 24, 2008 at 5:27 PM | PERMALINK

Jesus Hairy Christ! Orrin Hatch is on MSNBC blaming Bill Clinton for the financial crisis! Wonder if Bubba will stop slobbering for McCain after that?

Posted by: MissMudd on September 24, 2008 at 5:27 PM | PERMALINK

Commentor ar minnesconsin at TPM Election Central compared McCain's move to a gambit in chess -- sacrificing a piece in order to gain positional advantage. The risk is that if the opponent sees thru the gambit, the player can lose the piece and gain no advantage.

McCain is making an enormous -- even reckless -- gamble. Even The Politico noted the timing coinciding with McCain's lousy public polling (and I swear, if someone from his campaign published McCain's internal polling in a book, I'd buy it for sheer entertainment value!). Is there anyone who's fooled that McCain is making a statesmanlike, as opposed to panicky, gesture?

Posted by: Gregory on September 24, 2008 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

You folks don't get it. John has to go to D.C. now.

Wealthcare is possibly the biggest thing going. The very fundamentals of our government (extra power to the Treasury for one thing) are possibly going to be inextricably altered.

It's not about vascular dementia, or tanking polls, or evading awkward questions about conflicts of interests.

It's about BEING THERE when the handout is crafted and voted on.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on September 24, 2008 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

Greenspan bailed out a hedge fund, Long Term Capital Management in 1998. That mistake encouraged the idea that Wall Streeters are a superior race deserving all our money. The current bailout proposal by Bernanke and Paulson is disgraceful- both of these guys have been consistently wrong about the financial crisis. God knows what McCain may say about this rip-off. He should be held to the agreed upon debate and Obama should not endorse the mindless handover of money and discretion to these stupid yes men. Bernanke let the cat out of the bag in his Congressional testimony when he admitted that the Feds would have to pay more than market prices if they were to save the ailing banks. He favors buying the assets based on their "hold-to-maturity" value, which would require wild guesses.When you talk about paying above marked prices, you are talking criminal activity. Bernanke and Greenspan, destroyers of the American public, more dangerous than bin Laden...
McCain, impulsive idiot. Obama- calm, which is good, but too often trying to split the difference. Some ideas, such as unfunded bailouts, should be rejected out of hand.

Posted by: erewhon on September 24, 2008 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

Mike K, you are as nutty as squirrel shit. They are not gonna let Sarah-geddon anywhere near a debate with Obama! They won't even let her answer a simple question! But grasp that straw tight. It's all ya got. The game is over and your guy loses.

Posted by: Blue Girl on September 24, 2008 at 5:37 PM | PERMALINK

Here's the other thing to worry about in my opinion:

Lowered expectations. Say after a few days, McCain decides to return to the debate on Friday. The national expectation for McCain to do well will be lowered. If he looks haggard or wore out, if his memory lapses, he will have the excuse "I've been dealing with the crises in Washington"

Posted by: JWK on September 24, 2008 at 5:37 PM | PERMALINK

Is there anyone who's fooled that McCain is making a statesmanlike, as opposed to panicky, gesture?

See the idiot "Mike K" above.

Posted by: ckelly on September 24, 2008 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

See the idiot "Mike K" above.

Touché.

Posted by: Gregory on September 24, 2008 at 5:46 PM | PERMALINK

Urgent. Economic. Fear.

Like 9/11.

The only urgency is that this is BushCo's last chance, for at least 8 years, to push billions of chits into the coffers of their kleptocracy. This is their last best chance to waylay social security, health care reform, and funds for global warming beneath a mountain of new debt.

And yes they are going for it...

I am calling my Congresswoman's office right now.
I suggest you do too. Bring your best angry voice and threaten your member with "I'm cashing out of America if you socialize the losses and privatize the returns." Get irate boys and girls. Squeaky hinges, the Dodd plan, no upside for taxpayers, and all that.

Don't worry about sounding rational. Worry about sounding off. Threaten to invest in Canadian dollars or Euros or frigging pesos. It doesn't matter the currency. Just be red-faced pissed. An honest-to-god hotass taxpayer...

PS... I just called. Laid down quite a rational ass-whipping!


Posted by: koreyel on September 24, 2008 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

One scenario, if Obama insists, is Palin walking out and debating him. It would be the highest rated debate in history. Lots of factors you folks haven't considered.

Anyway, that's horeshit. Of course we've considered that scenario, considered that McCain's team panics at her answering a reporter's question, let alone debating, and considered that even if she started reading Allen Ginsburg's Howl jackasses like you would bleat that it was the most brilliant performance ever.

Obama versus Palin? Bring it the hell on!

Posted by: Gregory on September 24, 2008 at 5:50 PM | PERMALINK

A lose shoestring is to Tanya Harding as _________ is/are to John McCain.

Jeff Gillooly is to Tanya Harding as _________ is to John McCain.

I pick bad poll numbers and Rick Davis.

Posted by: ScottW on September 24, 2008 at 6:02 PM | PERMALINK

McCain has been inside Obama's decision loop since August. Maybe he will agree to debate at the last minute but suggest the topic be economics instead of foreign policy, which no one wants to hear about this week. Obama is slow in adapting to these moves. He has to wait until Axelrod polls the decisions.

You folks are so juvenile in your responses to suggestions. KIds don't make good decisions.

Posted by: Mike K on September 24, 2008 at 6:06 PM | PERMALINK

McCains going to "ruffle a few feathers", seed disruption and chaos, and the ride off into the sunset, with his best gal by his side...Mission Accomplished. Joe Taxpayer will still get stuck as John "two cars for each McMansion" primps and preens and looks all heroic and crap.

Did the regulation fairy sprinkle pixie dust in his eyes?

Posted by: RememberNovember on September 24, 2008 at 6:11 PM | PERMALINK

Mike K wrote: "One scenario, if Obama insists, is Palin walking out and debating him."

If only you were not an idiotic drunk and that might really happen. McCain could "suspend" his campaign permanently the very next day.

Moderator: "Governor Palin, how would you deal with the war in Afghanistan?"

Palin: "I'm glad you asked. As you know, I can see Afghanistan from my house in Alaska ... er ... uh ...."


Posted by: SecularAnimist on September 24, 2008 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

"McCain has been inside Obama's decision loop since August." Mike K.

"One scenario, if Obama insists, is Palin walking out and debating him. It would be the highest rated debate in history. Lots of factors you folks haven't considered." Mike K.

First, you might be a genius in your own mind, but what are you talking about ? What is a decision loop and are you suggesting that campaigns should pay attention to their opponents and react.

Palin in a debate with Obama ?? There isn't a republican on the planet that would support that intellectual mismatch, let alone McCain. Palin is isn't allowed to talk, much less debate. Her job is to look pretty and pretend she isn't some low level Mayor who rode he looks into a governor position.

John McCain will be the 'what not to do' case study in Political Science classes for years to come.

Posted by: on September 24, 2008 at 6:37 PM | PERMALINK

McCain wants to postpone a debate because a dog ate his homework? Classic. What a joke his candidacy is becoming.

Posted by: Bob Loblaw on September 24, 2008 at 6:42 PM | PERMALINK

Pelosi has said she will not support it unless McCain does. I didn't notice her soliciting Obama's opinion.

What, you have a tap on Pelosi's line? You seriously think that no one in Congress is calling Obama with updates every couple of hours?

Posted by: Mnemosyne on September 24, 2008 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

Try as they might, what the media says does not fly with the people. I'm sure they'll find a poll to help their spin..er..point.

McCain is a laughingstock

Posted by: Kim on September 24, 2008 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

I have been hoping to see McCain's head explode on TV, but if his head has already exploded, but in private, that is still good news.

Posted by: Brojo on September 24, 2008 at 7:17 PM | PERMALINK

I saw a McCain ad last week where he mentioned the crisis on Wall St. and he said, with a wink, that he has taken on bigger foes. Today's announcement means this ad was a lie.

Posted by: Brojo on September 24, 2008 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK

Mike K, chicounsel, and all of the other GOP McCrap collectors that swing by here remind me of an amateur day-trader who bought a losing stock. They just start reaching at whatever smoke they can see to convince themselves their stock is really a winner.

Obama would crush Palin in a debate. Hell, Corky from "Life Goes On" would crush Palin in a debate - the producers of that show trusted him to remember his lines. The GOP obviously doesn't have as much trust in Palin.

Posted by: An Anonymous American Patriot on September 24, 2008 at 7:22 PM | PERMALINK

[...] the Republican nominee "will suspend airing all ads [...] -- Benen

Well, he *is* on a fixed budget now, and with every penny counting, a few days of ad suspension can only be helpful. And it's not as if *anyone else* (RNC, the "independent" groups, etc) will be suspending *their* ads, so he's not losing much.

Not showing up for a debate with a "legitimate" excuse for skipping it just *might* play well for him too, depending on how hungry the media are for the invites to the next Sedona BBQ.

The whole hoopla takes everyone's eyes off Rick Davis *and* Sarah Palin for a space.

All in all, typical of of McCain -- a wild gamble.

BTW Obama's "a president ought to be able to do more than one thing at once" was nice but the delivery (I actually caught it on the news) was too "cool" even for me. Unless you really listened for it, you'd have missed it. That whole statement should have been a tad more impassioned, I think. A cool head on the crisis is excellent; but he came through almost as if he didn't care what happened going on.

Just like that nit-wit Harry Reid. Right words and rustling-paper delivery. Bleh.

Posted by: exlibra on September 24, 2008 at 7:54 PM | PERMALINK

Obama is slow in adapting to these moves. He has to wait until Axelrod polls the decisions.

Oh, sweet Jesus, Mike K, you aren't dragging the moldy old "republicans-are-decisive-and-democrats-are-poll-driven crap from its grave, are you?

Of freakin' course McCain is poll-driven -- that's why he flip-flops in a matter of days.

And I might add that his polling must be piss-poor for him to be desperate enough to try this stunt.

Meanwhile, I have a suggestion for you: Crawl back in your bottle.

Jackass.

Posted by: Gregory on September 24, 2008 at 8:22 PM | PERMALINK

Problem is he can't seem to either
walk
or chew gum
very well
or even consistently.


A rebel without a cause desperately looking for one

Posted by: on September 24, 2008 at 8:23 PM | PERMALINK

Thats the real John McCain. Not Ready To Lead!

Posted by: John Henry on September 24, 2008 at 8:48 PM | PERMALINK

A thought: Is McCain's campaign actually concerned about saving ad money until closer to the election?

Posted by: Dan on September 24, 2008 at 10:14 PM | PERMALINK

A thought: Is McCain's campaign actually concerned about saving ad money until closer to the election?

Posted by: Dan on September 24, 2008 at 10:14 PM | PERMALINK

Another thought: McCain's lobbyist advisors are jumping ship to get their fingers into the Bailout Pie.

Now there's some urgency.

Posted by: henry lewis on September 24, 2008 at 10:37 PM | PERMALINK

Quick run an ad...

McCain had his 3:00AM phone call and he wants a time out.

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Posted by: Kathy on September 25, 2008 at 12:41 AM | PERMALINK

"...presidents don't get to call time-outs. They don't get to put some responsibilities on hold while they tend to other responsibilities. ..."

Where have you been Steve? President Bush calls time out to the extent of spending nearly 1/4th of his time in office on vacation while the war was increasing in violence, when we were threatened with an attack...he just pushes it all out of his mind and has a good time...while thousands were dying as a result of his actions. " I sleep good..."-Bush

How is it anyone can still defend McCain's campaign as if he is still a viable candidate for president. It is more than clear that he is not suited to be president...he's becoming increasingly intolerable as a candidate he's such an embarrassment and he's surrounded himself with ambitious self interested power hungry cons to whom America is just a word and the constitution just a piece of paper. We are so done with him and the republicans. They have wrecked America for the last time.

Posted by: bjobotts on September 25, 2008 at 2:11 AM | PERMALINK

I wondered whether McCain was low on cash.

Suspending ADVERTISEMENTS?

It's not like he films them LIVE.

He's out of money. Broke.

While his fundraising catches up, he'll pretend to CARE about the economy.

Problem solved or not, after his flunkies have shaken down Hess and other oil men and any other corp that needs a favor, he'll hit the road again. Crazy maverick that he is.

Posted by: toowearyforoutrage on September 25, 2008 at 2:26 PM | PERMALINK

We are facing the worst economic melt down since the great depression. McCain says it should take first priority over politics. Obama says if you need me, call me, I'll be at the debate hall. Then, Obama says McCain should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. First of all, Obama has never set aside his personal ambition for the good of the country. He has no sense of priority. The economic problem is huge, will effect Americans for decades, and deserves more than a Presidential candidate's rubber stamp, or blank check. The walk and chew gum cliche is about as trite as Obama's slogans ... like 'change we can believe in'. Unlike Obama, McCain is responsible, and has genuine leadership qualities. Obama will say, or do anything to get elected. McCain puts Americans, and America above politics, and personal ambition. No Wright, no Pfleger, no Farrakhan, no Rezko, no Ayers, no mean Michelle, and NOBAMA !!!

Posted by: HOWARD on September 25, 2008 at 10:01 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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