POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Gene Robinson (Washington Post): McCain’s “ready, fire, aim” approach shows his erratic temperament

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 26, 2008

Eugene Robinson writes in today’s Washington Post …

  • John McCain is rapidly making his temperament an inescapable issue in the presidential campaign.
    • McCain’s performance in recent days has been, to put it charitably, erratic.
  • Negotiations between a Democratic Congress and a Republican administration on these and other points (regarding the bailout) seemed to be proceeding at lightning speed, given the usual pace of such things in Washington.
    • But then in charged McCain to rescue the unimperiled.
    • The first issue all week on which congressional Democrats and Republicans split along party lines was whether McCain’s noisy intervention demonstrated boldness or bluster.
  • At face value, McCain’s sudden “suspension” of his campaign and his call to delay the first presidential debate can be seen as pure politics.
    • Lately, McCain has been sliding in the polls, and Barack Obama has been rising.
  • Voters may see this not as an illustration of brave leadership but as another example of McCain’s “ready, fire, aim” approach to dealing with any crisis.

 Read the entire article at … http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/25/AR2008092503603.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns

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2 Responses to “* Gene Robinson (Washington Post): McCain’s “ready, fire, aim” approach shows his erratic temperament”

  1. Lew Weinstein said

    I think you’re right. I don’t think it will affect the election. The media will not let McCain-Palin get away with their disgusting racial politics. The voters who will respond are those who never would have voted for Obama anyway. It’s still ugly, and the implications are very frightening.

  2. Robert Mahoney said

    Eugene,
    In my opinion, John McCain and his unfortunate selection for Vice President, Sarah Palin, have crossed the line and are navigating on dangerous ground. It is one thing to vehemently oppose Barack Obama’s policies, but it is quite another to attempt to assassinate his character and demonize him. Quite literally, McCain and Palin have painted Obama as a mysterious figure, a detestable person, and a traitor who associates with terrorists. In other words, they are depicting Obama as a dangerous person, someone who as President would be harmful to America.
    Rough and tumble politics is as American as apple pie, but because we have never had a Black nominee of a major political party, it is a whole new ball game. The danger of demonizing an African American man is especially dangerous, because it appeals to the worst elements in American society. I’m referring to the nefarious and ubiquitous racist hate groups that believe in White power and have as a common goal hatred toward and brutalization of Blacks and anyone of color. I fear that McCain and Palin are, unconsciously or consciously, using the code words of hate – he’s not like us; we don’t know who he is; he palls around with terrorists – to provoke members of these groups. Invoking these groups can only result in someone getting hurt. Unfortunately, in this case it will be Barack Obama. As the events of the 1960’s revealed, no matter what level of security is employed, organized conspiracies to do violence against public figures are generally successful. McCain and Palin are unleashing forces of which they have little knowledge or understanding.
    – Robert G. Mahoney

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