Sep 25 2008
Barack Obama is showing that arrogance again. Yesterday morning Chris Plante played clips of Obama saying [paraphrasing] “I plan to stay in touch with Treasury Secretary Paulson and the leaders of Congres to ensure a bi-partisan answer to this crisis is forthcoming“. It was a ridiculous act of playing President.Â
By the afternoon McCain decided to suspend his campaign and go to DC to work to solve the problem ASAP. And it needs to be solved ASAP because there is a serious lack of confidence in the country regarding financial insitutions. If not for the panic mode (a result of the Dems crying “Depression” and “Recession” even when there wasn’t one) we probably could absorb the hits from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and deal out some punishment. Â This is what happens when you scream “FIRE!” in a theatre, a different kind of disaster is the result.
Anyway, McCain was right. We cannot fiddle while our economy melts down. So instead of dealing out punishment we are dealing out bailouts. But Bush was also right to echo McCain and request McCain and Obama be at the table for the final package – after all, one of these two men are going to have to face the next 4 years living with the fall out.
Obama’s resistance to work across the aisle was just dumb. In a time of serious national crisis he flinched. When the hand of bipartisanship was held out he recoiled and cried “it’s a trick”. Harry Reid tried to say the two men who might lead the nation once this deal is done had no place at the table of solutions – illustrating again why DC is broken and it needs new management.Â
Not young management, not inexperienced management – new management.Â The left is all discombobulated and angry that McCain took the lead and, with the help of Bush, guided the junior Senator from Illinois to the right action.Â
It is an interesting dichotomy playing out. Sarah Palin was interviewed by Katie Couric. Palin’s performance wasn’t great (she is new to this kind of scrutiny and pace). But she did OK and, sadly for the smirking talking head Couric, Main Street America relates to her. Couric wanted to know what McCain had done in the past 26 years to increase oversite, the list is endless. It was stump the candidate, Palin said she would do the research for Couric. Now we have to see if Couric will address the result on air. Here’s the video:
I say we have an interesting dynamic here because McCain is clearly grooming a new young national leader. This is expected and the bumps along the way are not a surprise or the death knell as the far left likes to fantasize. If we can deal with 8 years of Clinton learning on the job (and failing spectacularly on Somalia, Health Care, Taxes and a range of issues) we can deal with Sarah coming up to speed.
What is funny is the fact McCain just took Obama by the hand on the financial crisis as well, and said we need to get this done before we go back to campaigning. It was an interesting moment. McCain said “truce, we have an emergency” and Obama said “but I’m winning!!”. The Obama-Biden ticket is the reverse of the McCain-Palin, and that became evident. Biden is on the ticket to give the appearance of gravitas, but clearly he is out of the loop. Obama has him as window dressing.
How else to explain the so called Biden gaffes of late? These disconnects between Obama and Biden simply show Obama is not confiding much with his VP, or the two are not jelling as a team. Obama has Biden to help smooth over his rough inexperienced edges. But Obama is not using that asset at all. Why else fall into the trap of refusing McCain’s lead on the financial crisis fearing some sort of political trap.
Obama is going to take a hit for his hesitation. He blinked AND recoiled before Bush was able to prod him into putting country first. Not a good sign.
For those interested here is President Bush last night pushing for a quick resolution from Congress: