McCain & Palin CBS Disaster
John McCain foolishly blew off David Letterman. McCain suspended his campaign. The problem was he was still campaigning. The Maverick did an interview with CBS News' Katie Couric. Pissing off a late nite talk show host with a huge audience is staggeringly stupid. Only an idiot would do another interview with the same network, at the time of the cancelled interview and not expect Letterman to find out.
Letterman brought Keith Olbermann on to fill McCain's place. The undecided voters tuned in to watch McCain got a noted lefty pundit. The biggest asset to Barack Obama's campaign is McCain's blunders.
McCain personally called Letterman and told him he was racing to the airport. Letterman showed a live feed of McCain being interviewed by Katie Couric.
Obama made a bipartisan effort with John McCain to make a joint statement. McCain responded by rushing out and announcing suspending the campaign. McCain did the Katie Couric interview after the announcement. Campaign offices are still open. The bailout deal was already announced when McCain returned to Washington.
Sen. John McCain returned to Washington on Thursday after declaring that he has suspended his campaign, but he appeared largely detached from the flurry of negotiations on a $700 billion economic rescue package that appeared to be headed to a successful conclusion.
McCain's "Straight Talk Air" landed at National Airport just after noon, and McCain's motorcade sped toward the Senate. But by then, senior Democrats and Republicans were already announcing that a deal in principle had been reached.
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McCain had to spin Governor Sarah Palin comparing the mortgage bailout to the depression.
Couric: “But isn't much of this, Senator McCain about consumer confidence?”
Couric: “And using rhetoric like the Great Depression, is that the kind of language Americans need to hear right now?”
McCain: “Well, listen, I've heard language from respected people who are staring at the abyss. I've, I've heard all kinds of, of things from people. I don't think we need to scare people. …”
This campaign has officially gone off the rails. McCain used to handle the media with ease. McCain listened to anti-media former Bush campaign advisors. Millions of voters get their news from television. McCain and Palin are projecting a lack of confidence. The GOP candidates are too guarded and revert back to talking points.
Palin was asked about a bailout for the mortgage lending industry. The Governor rambles on about job creation and free trade. The bailout is to stop major lending institutions from failing. The bailout does nothing for health care. As Palin hysterically implied.
Update: Here is the transcript.
PALIN: That’s why I say, I like ever American I’m speaking with were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the tax payers looking to bailout.
But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy– Helping the — Oh, it’s got to be about job creation too. Shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americas. A
And trade we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive scary thing. But 1 in 5 jobs being created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. ALl those things under the umbrella of job creation.
This bailout is a part of that.
The woman has either been saturated with talking points, is clueless on economic policy or both.