Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fourth Night

So definitely the man:

These challenges are not all of government's making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush.

America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this.

John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time. Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than ninety percent of the time?

I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a ten percent chance on change.
Now, I don't believe that Senator McCain doesn't care what's going on in the lives of Americans. I just think he doesn't know. Why else would he define middle-class as someone making under five million dollars a year? How else could he propose hundreds of billions in tax breaks for big corporations and oil companies but not one penny of tax relief to more than one hundred million Americans? How else could he offer a health care plan that would actually tax people's benefits, or an education plan that would do nothing to help families pay for college, or a plan that would privatize Social Security and gamble your retirement?

It's not because John McCain doesn't care. It's because John McCain doesn't get it.

In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is - you're on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. No health care? The market will fix it. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps - even if you don't have boots. You're on your own.

Well it's time for them to own their failure.

Dirt off my shoulder:
I don't know what kind of lives John McCain thinks that celebrities lead, but this has been mine. These are my heroes. Theirs are the stories that shaped me. And it is on their behalf that I intend to win this election and keep our promise alive as President of the United States.
You puny man:
America, now is not the time for small plans.
Close him down:
John McCain likes to say that he'll follow bin Laden to the Gates of Hell - but he won't even go to the cave where he lives.

And today, as my call for a time frame to remove our troops from Iraq has been echoed by the Iraqi government and even the Bush Administration, even after we learned that Iraq has a $79 billion surplus while we're wallowing in deficits, John McCain stands alone in his stubborn refusal to end a misguided war.

That's not the judgment we need. That won't keep America safe. We need a President who can face the threats of the future, not keep grasping at the ideas of the past.

Bring it on:
These are the policies I will pursue. And in the weeks ahead, I look forward to debating them with John McCain.
Don't you go there:
So I've got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first.
You pitiful, puny man:

I know there are those who dismiss such beliefs as happy talk. They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan Horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values. And that's to be expected. Because if you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.

You make a big election about small things.

Open it up:

I get it. I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don't fit the typical pedigree, and I haven't spent my career in the halls of Washington.

But I stand before you tonight because all across America something is stirring. What the nay-sayers don't understand is that this election has never been about me. It's been about you.

C'mon home:

America, we cannot turn back. Not with so much work to be done. Not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for. Not with an economy to fix and cities to rebuild and farms to save. Not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend. America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone. At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise - that American promise - and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.

Say it:

Thank you, God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.


But beyond the press, sir, just in terms of ...
I think we're running a fine campaign, and this is where we are.

Do you miss the old way of doing it?
I don't know what you're talking about.

Really? Come on, Senator.
I'll provide as much access as possible ...

In 2000, after the primaries, you went back to South Carolina to talk about what you felt was a mistake you had made on the Confederate flag. Is there anything so far about this campaign that you wish you could take back or you might revisit when it's over?
[Does not answer.]

Do I know you? [Says with a laugh.]
[Long pause.] I'm very happy with the way our campaign has been conducted, and I am very pleased and humbled to have the nomination of the Republican Party.

You do acknowledge there was a change in the campaign, in the way you had run the campaign?
[Shakes his head.]

You don't acknowledge that? O.K., when your aides came to you and you decided, having been attacked by Barack Obama, to run some of those ads, was there a debate?
The campaign responded as planned.

While Obamaniacs competed for tickets and withstood long lines to see their hero at Denver's Invesco Field, John McCain's rumored announcement of his running mate here tomorrow is not exactly drawing the same interest.

McCain arrived here tonight to news reports that free tickets are still available to his rally tomorrow at a basketball arena at Wright State University. The Nutter Center has a capacity of about 12,000.

Republican officials said yesterday that they are considering delaying the start of the GOP convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul because of Tropical Storm Gustav, which is on track to hit the Gulf Coast, and possibly New Orleans, as a full-force hurricane early next week.

The threat is serious enough that White House officials are also debating whether President Bush should cancel his scheduled convention appearance on Monday, the first day of the convention, according to administration officials and others familiar with the discussion.

For Bush and Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Gustav threatens to provide an untimely reminder of Hurricane Katrina. A new major storm along the Gulf Coast would renew memories of one of the low points of the Bush administration, while pulling public attention away from McCain's formal coronation as the GOP presidential nominee...

...A hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico could also cast unwelcome attention on the offshore oil rigs that McCain has championed as a solution to rising gasoline prices -- they are now being evacuated in the face of the coming storm.

History in the making.

Make the most of it.


Anonymous said...

I'm getting a little depressed about this and I'll tell you why. The dems have been making the same mistake over and over again. I understand Obama means to rise above the politics of personal attacks, etc.


They all say, "We must give great thanks, respect etc for what John did for his country, he's a friend of mine, what a great guy, but his policies and ideas are wrong."

Meanwhile, McCain is sticking to the Republican classic attack plan, eg, Obama is weak, effete a pussy - AND he's a crazy far-left liberal.

McCain is a total piece of shit - hey, how'd Cindy break her arm again? - and he's batshit crazy and a warmonger. It's take to take off the kid gloves and adopt the (unfortunately all-too successful) Rovian method of going after McCain's strong point - his character. Which astonishes me - that he's somehow built up a reputation as being a man of principles. Cause he's obviously a man of low character. Mean, nasty, with severe anger management problems.

Bring it up! Bring up his saying fuck you to fellow senators in committee meeetings! His calling Cindy a c-word in public! The Keating 5!

But please please PLEASE stop with the "we must honor John for his service" bullshit!

Obama will lose for sure if they don't knock this weak-ass shit off.

Grrrrrr I'm so mad...

Mark Netter said...

Couldn't disagree with you more, Anon. Obama is using an ancient oratorical technique, something a teacher once told me Ben Franklin used to you, sort of a "Yes, you're right about this. But this other thing, on the other hand..."

Others will get the McCain stories out that you write about, but Obama's great strength is that unlike Gore and Kerry under the lights, he stays authentic all the way. And the core of his authenticity is that he is a dignitarian. He always wins on the issues. In that way, he's a welcome throwback.

His praise of McCain tonight was the floor necessary to launch his awesome attacks. You will see. He's got a plan, and so far he's proven he can execute.

Anonymous said...

1. An oratorical technique entirely too sophisticated for the American public/cable news soundbites.

2. It's not just Obama who's praising McCain - it's EVERYBODY and it's got to stop...