Sunday, September 28, 2008

Mr. McCain Goes To Washington.

I’ve heard a lot of people from all different political persuasions weigh in on John McCain’s latest political gambit. Some were certain that it was a political trick to escape the debates. Others claimed that he was just acting out the essential risk-taking predisposition at the core of his personality. Quite a few suggested that the move was motivated by desperation. I’ve done a lot of thinking about John McCain’s motivations over the last twenty-four hours, and it finally occurred to me that there was a crucial component of the situation being overlooked. Could it be possible that McCain exercised his only option, given the situation on the ground?

Look at it this way… McCain is selling himself as a "maverick" that is willing to reach across party lines and work in a bipartisan fashion. Sure he flaked out when he realized that government intervention was necessary to “rescue” Wall Street from the position that it put itself in. He’s always been known as an impulsive guy. He genuinely wanted to believe that the “fundamentals of the economy were sound”. When he heard that the worst was yet to come, he went apoplectic. He looked around for a scapegoat and called for the head of SEC Chairman Christopher Cox (reportedly a long-time friend). Falling back on his long-held reputation as a proponent of free market Capitalism, he came out immediately against the bailout.

Let’s face facts. There is a base constituency that is at the heart of the GOP that is fundamentally devoted to completely deregulated “free markets”. Any Republican who has subscribed to this perspective cannot come out in favor of a government intervention, especially the likes of which the Bush Administration has proposed. To do so would expose him/her as a complete hypocrite. That’s the tragic flaw of the idealogue… they lock themselves in. On one level John McCain has always wanted to reassure this wing of his party that he is “on board”. Recall his proclamation to the Wall Street Journal on March 29, 2007- “You are interviewing the greatest free trader you will ever interview, and the greatest deregulator you will ever interview.”

It’s true that John McCain has always been attracted to hyperbole. But I trust that at his core, he really believed it when he said it. How galling it must have been to realize that he was caught up in a quagmire that demanded one of the largest government interventions in our history. And he also must have figured out that he couldn’t sit this one out. After all, he’s running to be the nation’s leader. Yet at the same time, he must have known that he would be essentially irrelevant to the process that would work out this issue. The Congress is controlled by Democrats, and like it or not any solution will be theirs to own. They don’t need a single Republican supporter, because whatever bill they work out with Bush and Co. will not be vetoed.

So what do you do if you are John McCain? Try to insert yourself and try to look useful… like a “statesman”. It doesn’t hurt if you can use the opportunity to threaten non-involvement in a crucially important presidential debate and criticize your opponent for continuing his campaign (while you step up your own). Now you (in your role of John McCain, after your 22-hour flight from New York City) are in Washington and completely superfluous- effectively shut out of the process and needing to look busy. If you try to muster your colleagues to join you in support of the legislation, you alienate them from those they claim to represent back home. If you are unable to get their support, then you look like a failure. If you join the Democrats, you look like a turncoat and a hypocrite.

The reward is entirely front-loaded. What’s to gain on the back end? All McCain has to look forward to is some good PR to offer to moderates and the undecided… that is, if he can get the press on his side. That’s going to be hard to do with the constant criticism he has directed at them over the last few weeks. And how does he vote for a “rescue” that he had no part in engineering, and still distinguish himself from Obama, whose side he has effectively joined? Who’s going to trust John McCain - the Republicans, the Democrats, or the media?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also intersting is the fact that this bill can still be vetoed and then it stands to the Congres to override the veto with a 2/3 majority. Democrats can't do this by themselves therefore they must enact or remove provisions that John McCain and other Republicans push for. Either McCain or Obama will have to enact this legislation as President, personally I want the guy who helped get it written overseaing its provisions, not the guy campaigning about its provisions.

1:07 AM  
Blogger BuelahMan said...

John McCain is not trustworthy, in any form or fashion. He proved that with his embracing W after Rove tore him a new one with lies in 2000. He proves it every time he opens his mouth (being forced to change his stance over and over again).

John McCain is no more a "Maverick" than he is a conservative. Both are simply monikers he steals when it fits the lie of the day.

Obama, is not any better. He is more suave and debonair than McCain (that is not saying much) and seems much more presidential in behavior and attitude. But the fact remains that their policies are almost the same, with very few differences that matter.

Be it corporate control, Imperialism and the Military Industrial Complex, Zionism. Hell, they are two peas in a pod, just one has a slightly darker skin color.

In this case, the last thing my tax dollars need to do is bail out crooks and thieves.

And that is exactly what they are doing. There is virtually NOTHING in this for Americans and we should be livid that they are even discussing this.

Most reputable economists know this will be the final death knell for the US Dollar. And I have come to the conclusion that this is exactly what the powers that be want.

And the gullible American fools will march behind the crooks as we head into a Depression that will last 10 years.

All-the-while, the fat cats will lap up the luxury and Americans will be forced to fend for themselves.

Screw Them. No Bailouts. Period.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...


You wrote...

"Also intersting is the fact that this bill can still be vetoed and then it stands to the Congres to override the veto with a 2/3 majority."

You're kidding, right?

Anyway, McCain did nothing but act as a courier between Eric Cantor and the White House. Complete photo-op, and he was exposed for it too.

9:04 PM  

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