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With Obama out of the Country, McCain has time to Shine

McCain had this past week to himself, to grab the headlines with whatever agenda he felt necessary. He had the opportunity to allow the "inexperienced" Obama go on his little trip and blunder and be able to capitalize on it.

He had the chance to just work the press, work the people and fortify his position as, as the polls said, he was closing.

A review of McCain's week.
  • On July 21st, McCain said on Good Morning America that the situation was tough in Afghanistan, particularly, he said, “given the struggle on the Iraq-Pakistan border.”
  • On July 22 in an interview Katie Couric of CBS, McCain said the troop surge President Bush ordered in January 2007 and which didn’t reach maximum tactical deployment for months after led to the so-called Sunni awakening or uprising against Al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists. While the surge no doubt gave greater confidence to Sunnis over time, the awakening began in the fall of 2006 with the moves against AI Qaeda by a collection of high-profile tribal sheiks.
  • On July 23, McCain said the surge wasn’t really about more troops, but counter-insurgency tactics. And yet the political credit McCain seeks for the turn-around in Iraq is based principally on his advocacy if the surge - meaning more troops to carry out counter-insurgency missions. To say the surge wasn’t really about more troops undercuts much of McCain has tried to tell the public about what has changed in Iraq and why.
  • On July 24th, McCain called Iraq “the first major conflict since 9/11.” Tell that to Hamid Karzai, current President of Afghanistan and brought to power by the US-led defeat of the Taliban in the months immediately following 9/11.
  • And Friday on CNN, McCain said 16 months for a troop withdrawal from Iraq is “a pretty good timetable.” His campaign said McCain meant it was good so long as conditions on the ground warranted troop withdrawals. But the damage was done. Just check the profusion of blog posts in the hours immediately after the CNN interview with McCain.

Obama Looks Forward, Sees Foreign Policy Path Strewn With McCain Mistakes Major Garrett’s Bourbon Room FOXNews.com


At least he didn't continue to mention Czechoslovakia, a country that hasn't existed since 1993. [He has been making this mistake since 2000, the last time July 14th]



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McCain has made this thing a disaster for himself. He and his team chalenged Obama to "GO TO IRAQ". He did, along with stoppoing in making speeches and meeting some of the more powerful leaders in Europe. He took McCain's challenge and hit a home run. And yes while Obama was out of the country for the week, McCain has no pressure on him to keep up with Obama he screws up left right and center. Late night TV is still making jokes about all of the McCain gaffes this past week.
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McCain has made it clear he can't keep up with the younger Obama. Which will likely be Obama's strategy in the months after the RNC has their convention orgy. Just run the man ragged, and make it clear to America he doesn't have the stamina to be in the game, he is just another old bystander, maybe an announcer in the mold of old Harry Caray. That is about all he did, give a running commentary on Obama's trip, while Obama was gathering the headlines, and the commentary was beginning to sound a bit like the ramblings of an old man suffering memory challenges. It is going to be painful to watch. Jim
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Obama talks primarily of issues, McCain talks primarily of Obama. Hero worship?

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Obama talks primarily of issues, McCain talks primarily of Obama. Hero worship?
Who's issues? I think McCain is just busy honing in on his the flip flopping
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Hypothetical Situation: Has it ever happened in history before?

What if McCain had a fatal heart attack between 2 and 4 weeks before the Tuesday in November? I assume the VP choice would take McCain's place and a co-hort would stand in?


Or could it be a Rudy G./9-11 scenario take plac and George would stay in office a couple of extra months?
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Hypothetical Situation: Has it ever happened in history before?

What if McCain had a fatal heart attack between 2 and 4 weeks before the Tuesday in November? I assume the VP choice would take McCain's place and a co-hort would stand in?


Or could it be a Rudy G./9-11 scenario take plac and George would stay in office a couple of extra months?
Rudy WANTED to stay in office longer, Bloomberg told him to bugger off. I believe he left as scheduled but do remember he really tried to sell the idea that he should remain "for the good of the city".

I would think the RNC would simply have the VP stand in or broker a new candidate as a last second filler. The election would go on as IT doesn't care whether there are candidates delivered by the parties or not.

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The electoral college was designed to meet that type of uncertainty. It has no restrictions on whom it can vote. It doesn't matter a bit what the popular vote indicates. Also, the Congress has the deciding voice in the electoral college because they certify the votes in the states.

Read your constitution. Especially the 12th Amendment.

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