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September 26, 2008

MCCAIN'S 'SURREAL' CONFUSION.... Yesterday, John McCain swung by Capitol Hill, not to advance the negotiations on the bailout proposal, but to coordinate strategy with House Republicans. Faiz highlights this gem from the Washington Post's coverage:

Boehner and McCain discussed the bailout plan, but Republican leadership aides described the conversation as somewhat surreal. Neither man was familiar with the details of the proposal being pressed by House conservatives, and up to the moment they departed for the White House yesterday afternoon, neither had seen any description beyond news reports.

At 1:25 p.m., McCain left Boehner's office through a back door, walking across the Capitol's rotunda to the applause of tourists. Graham conceded the group knew little about the plan the nominee had come to Washington to try to shape.

So, this week, McCain talked about a bailout proposal he hadn't read, and a few days later, had a meeting with lawmakers about a competing proposal he knew nothing about.

No wonder McCain sat silently while the grown-ups talked about fiscal policy at the White House yesterday; he couldn't think of anything substantive to contribute.

I sometimes get the sense that McCain is a con man, perpetrating an enormous fraud, hoping desperately that he can get through the next 38 days without anyone noticing he doesn't know what he's doing.

Steve Benen 1:05 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (37)

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Is John McCain really Doug Rich?

Posted by: sfbevster on September 26, 2008 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

Isn't that how he got through the primary?

Posted by: coral on September 26, 2008 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

If you don't hear from me for a coupla days, it's because I've suspending my commenting to go help the Redskins beat the Cowboys.

Posted by: jibeaux on September 26, 2008 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, Senator McCain and Govenor Palin: Forest Gump was a hollywood story. This is real life.

Posted by: Anonny on September 26, 2008 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK

This is how he got through everything in his life: bullshitting.

Posted by: gang green on September 26, 2008 at 1:11 PM | PERMALINK

Not to add insult to injury here...but McCain's website released an AD this morning that you can see here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
That says he WON the debate. Bad enough that it hasn't happened yet. Worse....they released it BEFORE they announced that they would attend!

These guys make the Bush administration look positvely ORGANIZED!

Posted by: Timmy on September 26, 2008 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

mccain wants to be commander in chief. the hell with the domestic side of the job. not a con man,necessarily, but rather a disinterested man.

Posted by: mudwall jackson on September 26, 2008 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

I noticed that McCain has a lazy eye. His left eye doesn't open all the way. I think that's the source of his winking stories. Just another cover up of his deficiencies. He'd rather be thought of as unserious than to admit a defect.

That's Just What I Said

Posted by: Dale on September 26, 2008 at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK

McCain miscalculated--there was still too much time left in the campaign for people to figure him out, and the voters are taking this one more seriously this time around. They aren't just lookin' for a candidate to have a beer with and cruise stip joints.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on September 26, 2008 at 1:15 PM | PERMALINK

"I sometimes get the sense that McCain is a con man..."

steve, the correct term is "flim-flam man"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeGOj_BO25s

Posted by: entheo on September 26, 2008 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

I sometimes get the sense that McCain is a con man, perpetrating an enormous fraud, hoping desperately that he can get through the next 38 days without anyone noticing he doesn't know what he's doing.

I heard Chris Hayes of The Nation on Olbermann last night, put it this way:

"McCain, the gambler, is making an all-in bet on the stupidity of the American people."

He's desperate, he gets points for audacity, but he'll go down as running the worst presidential campaign in modern election history.

Posted by: on September 26, 2008 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

Damn VC, one more reason to hate what they did to their prisoners, it allowed this hack to reach the nomination for President.

Posted by: RollaMO on September 26, 2008 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

John McCain was elected to lead, not to read.

Posted by: Glenn on September 26, 2008 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

Of course he didn't bother to read the proposal. Reading is for elitists. Mavericks ... just sit there like two-legged puff ball mushrooms and ... um. Well, I bet he thinking "Damn it! I was certain Obama wouldn't show up!"

Has anyone seen the ads from Camp McPOW that declare him the winner of the debate that he wasn't going to attend until there was a bailout deal? I think HuffPo has a picture.

If Mel Brooks sat down to write a screen play about an election, even he couldn't come up with anything this FUBAR.

tAwO

p.s. Speaking of FUBAR, did any member of the McPOW campaign have a hand in designing this site?

Posted by: The Answer WAS Orange on September 26, 2008 at 1:18 PM | PERMALINK

I sometimes get the sense that McCain is a con man, perpetrating an enormous fraud, hoping desperately that he can get through the next 38 days without anyone noticing he doesn't know what he's doing.

I heard Chris Hayes of The Nation on Olbermann last night put it this way:

"McCain, the gambler, is making an all-in bet on the stupidity of the American people."

He's desperate, he gets points for audacity, but he'll go down as running the worst presidential campaign in modern election history.

Posted by: JJF on September 26, 2008 at 1:20 PM | PERMALINK

What's with the
wall Street journal, the McCain camp already has a big ad in today saying McCain wins debate - hands down!!!!!!

Posted by: js on September 26, 2008 at 1:20 PM | PERMALINK

I think you are on to something, Steve. McCain seems like he simply wants the title of President and sees it as the culmination of his storied life, may in fact want to see a presidential funeral as a suitable end to his life. IOWs, his candidacy is the ultimate ego trip. He is not proposing anything, now changes, its just his own personal desire to be president because he has done everything else. That is why we see the strange, inconsistant behavior out of him.

Posted by: The fake fake al on September 26, 2008 at 1:22 PM | PERMALINK

p.s. Speaking of FUBAR, did any member of the McPOW campaign have a hand in designing this site?

The Answer WAS Orange, I too have been hoping that Steve would take a leadership role on this issue.... Carpetbagger was so user friendly.

Posted by: The Answer Is Green on September 26, 2008 at 1:24 PM | PERMALINK

With McCain at the helm, we'd all be worrying constantly.

"I know how to win wars," does not inspire confidence. The man is deranged and delusional, but the mystery is that he's been allowed to get away with it.

Let's be honest: if his opponent was white, the polls would be showing 90:10 for the Democratic candidate now.

Posted by: SteinL on September 26, 2008 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

Can we bring up the little fact that since the White House proposal was introduced, nobody with a shred of financial intelligence has gone on the record of saying it's a good idea. Say what you will about McCain being the 3rd term of Bush, but at least he's standing up to Mr. 28%.

Obama and the Democrats should be proposing something totally different, there's no f*cking reason why they should even be taking the President seriously. Fool us once, shame on you, Fool me seven years in a row...

Posted by: Dervin on September 26, 2008 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

At the bottom of the WaPo article linked above, there is a link to the Onion, which is described as WaPo's partner. I wonder if that explains WaPo's OpEd page the last few years.

Posted by: Danp on September 26, 2008 at 1:30 PM | PERMALINK

Let's be honest: if his opponent was white, the polls would be showing 90:10 for the Democratic candidate now.

SteinL, that is absurd. A third of the country still approves of Bush. Come off it. Presidential elections are always close. This will be one of the most landslide-like in years, thanks to Obama's poise and equanimity. People who thought they would never vote for a Democrat OR a black guy are buying in. Wake up.

Posted by: The Answer Is Green on September 26, 2008 at 1:34 PM | PERMALINK

I interpret this as a cry for help. Maybe Sarah Palin isn't the only candidate in over her head.

John McCain has posed, strutted, clawed, and stamped his feet for years in pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination. Now that he has won it, he can't keep up with the reading.

People have noticed his battle with teleprompters. Perhaps the notes that he prefers to consult are pictorial reminders. George W. Bush has lowered the bar for everyone, but perhaps we can push No Child Left Behind right to the top of our society: Let's require our presidential aspirants to pass a basic literacy test. Let's warn the parents of our presidential aspirants that there will be homework required.

As George the W was proud to repeat, presidentin' is hard work.

Posted by: Boolaboola on September 26, 2008 at 1:34 PM | PERMALINK

McCain:empty suit
Palin: great smile,no brain
Bush: Called a moron by Paul Begula (takes one to know one).

all-in-all-- three or four blind mice. No way to run/ruin a country.

GWB, the original WMD

Posted by: dr wu on September 26, 2008 at 1:35 PM | PERMALINK

Isn't our Great Hope supposed to be, that Sage Crusties will look at McCain's and Palin's fibbing and floundering (esp. the Couric interview - Putin flying over Alaskan airspace, indeed!) and say, "My my, chaps, we can't let that bumbling pair mismanage and endanger the country we own! However much we detest that socialist colored boy, we'll reluctantly have to pull the plug on Mr. McCain and his silly girl" - ?

Do such people really have that kind of influence, would they do it if they could (which are already), or do The Dumb Voters still hold the winning hand? All kidding aside, I'm serious.

Posted by: Neil B on September 26, 2008 at 1:37 PM | PERMALINK

Damn VC, one more reason to hate what they did to their prisoners, it allowed this hack to reach the nomination for President. Posted by: RollaMO

This is a comment that should be "moderated."

And by the way, he wasn't held by the Viet Cong, who operated exclusively in South Vietnam. He was shot down over North Vietnam and was a prisoner of the NV military.

If you're going to stoop that low for an insult, you might at least get the story straight.

Posted by: Jeff II on September 26, 2008 at 1:38 PM | PERMALINK

"...I sometimes get the sense that McCain is a con man, perpetrating an enormous fraud, hoping desperately that he can get through the next 38 days without anyone noticing he doesn't know what he's doing...."

BINGO! This is what his whole life has been. Why is it so hard for others to see the obvious? Because they don't want to believe it's true...but it is. McCain has always been a con man...and gets away with it because people keep trying to treat him with respect...and he milks it for all it's worth. There isn't an ounce of integrity in the man's entire body. John 'the con' McCain.

Posted by: bjobotts on September 26, 2008 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, wu; GWB = WMD = "Weapon of Mass Destitution"

Posted by: Neil B on September 26, 2008 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, I get the feeling we are witnessing a con-man--a true imposter.

It is just amazing to me how forgiving and forgetful Americans can be...
And yes, of course it would be a virtual Landslide if Obama were white and had a different name.

I want to see a list of all his big lies and spins brought out and put on a gigantic poster, because Americans seem to have very short term memory now...

Nothing is sticking except for the last comment...

Posted by: on September 26, 2008 at 1:41 PM | PERMALINK

He's the Wizard of Oz, all knowing, but all smoke and mirrors.
Maverick? He's really a gambler, esp. with other people's lives and money.

Posted by: jim on September 26, 2008 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

At 1:25 p.m., McCain left Boehner's office through a back door, walking across the Capitol's rotunda to the applause of tourists.

Of course, that's the part that worries me.

If a charlatan falls in Washington and everyone ignores it, will it make a sound?

Posted by: doubtful on September 26, 2008 at 1:52 PM | PERMALINK

Jeff II - touche. I still believe but for that captivity and treatment, he would not be the nominee.

Posted by: RollaMO on September 26, 2008 at 1:53 PM | PERMALINK

And yes, of course it would be a virtual Landslide if Obama were white and had a different name.

Horse hockey. It IS going to be a landslide. The American people always run home to Mama/Democrats when action is required on the economy. The only bad part is that there will barely be a country left for Obama to run.

Posted by: The Answer Is Green on September 26, 2008 at 2:03 PM | PERMALINK

The emperor has no clothes......

Posted by: mfw13 on September 26, 2008 at 2:30 PM | PERMALINK

Let's hope so, The Answer is Green @2:30 PM.

As they said, Bush is still trying hard to be not just the worst president, but the LAST American president.

BTW, McCain's actions remind me of the poem "Ladles and Jellyspoons" - am I the only one?

Posted by: Ohioan on September 26, 2008 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

While McCain is ultimately responsible, I don't think he is running his campaign or making any significant decisions -- he completely handed over his campaign to the Rove Gang, headed up by Steve Schmidt. They vetoed McCain's preference for Lieberman or Ridge for VP and chose Palin. And they are making all of these inane decisions. McCain is just doing and saying what they tell him to do and say.

Unfortunately for McCain, the "junior Roves" he has working for him don't have their act nearly as together as Daddy Rove. Rove is a thug, but he's pretty smart. These guys are thugs, and they are stupid.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on September 26, 2008 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

I think the "McCain Wins Debate!" ad was meant to be a gleeful morning gibe on McCain having triumphed the previous evening (after the ad was placed for the morning paper)in posing as the deal-maker who pulled everyone together behind a bail-out to save the economy. See, he showed he's the man - and won the real debate, over who should lead.

HA! Didn't happen!

Posted by: putnam on September 26, 2008 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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