I think Sen. Barack Obama should follow that statement with a pithy “Just because yo’ @$$ aint prepared for the debates on Friday is NOT an excuse to ‘suspend’ your campaign.”
I mean wow!
I’ve never been one to subscribe to the much used moniker of “politricks” in my blogs, I’ve usually just chalked it up to good ole politicking, but this is one for the books. I must say it’s a pretty smart move, putting Obama on the hot seat. As of the publishing of this post, Obama has not responded, but I mean McCain’s idea of calling off the campaign to act like they’re actually members of Congress is pretty novel, I must say so myself.
But the quote from the CNN article that
Republican presidential candidate John McCain announced Wednesday that he is suspending his campaign to return to Washington and focus on the “historic” crisis facing the U.S. economy
is slightly overstating this in my opinion.
Here, let me tell you why.
First of all, it’s been a “historical crisis” for black folk since 1877 and Reconstruction was over. That’s just issue number one in the black community. And to borrow from Claire Huxtable’s comment on the news show “Retrospective” when they asked her about blacks during the Great Depression, “We learned that misery does not love company.” And I think that’s really what this shows with McCain’s response.
Aside from clearly, his inability to speak about the economy in well enough terms, (because Ali Velshi on CNN looked like he was trying not to bust out laughing when he said given the income of tax plans balanced against the energy, infrastructure and health care plans that both candidates are proposing that ultimately Obama’s plan would cost $14 billion compared to McCain’s plan of $302 billion) has resulted in him trying to get out the debates, this is only a damn historical crisis cuz rich folk and white collar folk are affected.
Yeah, I said it–rich folk and white collar folk are affected.
You knew rich folk were being affected when Pat Buchanan got his butt on TV and allegedly said that this recession could be partly in blame because of “minority loans.” Notwithstanding the scary Libertarian brand of conservatism touted by Buchanan, I think this further shows the gap between McCain and the middle class man. From the start of the campaign, we’ve kinda been in a slump. It wasn’t until this slump hit Wall Street that folks wanted to make a big stink about it, but Main Street has been feeling the hit for quite some time now. Ask the mayor of any major city just how they’re balancing budgets, let alone ask the small town mayor’s of rural America (including Wasilla, AK where they went in debt for that rec center).
I’m writing this as Obama speaks in a downstair computer lab, and not near a computer.
I hope I’ll hear that Obama tells him no, and that the best way to affect change is to get away from the Washingtonian politics and go out on the campaign trail and listen to what the voters have to say. In turn, the best platform where they can speak on message about what they plan to do is during the debates. There will no doubt be a record number of people watching them and both candidates will have the full rapt attention of the American public. This as opposed to the backroom dealings of Capitol Hill where often times the hearings are only covered partially by the cable networks, and let’s face it, it’s a small minority of us who watch C-SPAN like that.
So, we shall see just how this turns out.
Per Obama’s response, and my POV, what do you think Obama’s response should have been/was? And do you think McCain is just suffering from a serious case of anxiety after the Washington Post’s poll (despite Hannity on his radio program alleging that they doubled polled African Americans) and is realising that he can’t multitask as well as purported?
Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL