I don't know if you guys have been watching the same McCain campaign that I've been watching, but has it been majorly sucking lately or what? I mean, I refrained from commenting on the last debate, simply because I was so angry that I- a measly blogger from egypt- actually had better answers than McCain on the questions he was being asked, well, that's just not a good indicator is it? And why is he sticking to the mavericky crap? It's nice being called a Maverick, but calling yourself one time and time again? That's like Obama calling himself " the great Hope" time and time again. It's hokey, it's unappealing and it's unbecoming. And now it's a national joke. I counted the amount of people on my friendslist on Facebook who are "feeling mavericky" today, and it's more than 2 dozens. While that says something on their level of creativity, it says volumes on how this talking point is dead. All is not lost, however, and McCain can still turn this thing around, but there are a number of things that he needs to do in order to stop sucking, and here is a couple of them. So, John, if you are reading, pay attention:
1) Start today's debate with the following statement " Ladies and gentlemen, before I start today I would like you all to note something very significant: I have been in the senate for a some time, enough time for me to have what is referred to as a record; My opponent doesn't have a record, primarily because he was in the senate for like a year before deciding to run for President. Now, he knows this, and he knows that his only chance of winning this is to smear my record, so here is what he is going to do: He is going to keep saying Bush-McCain, Bush-McCain, Bush-McCain, in an attempt to link my record to President Bush. Now, Barack Obama knows I am not George Bush. Hell, all of you know I am not George Bush, and you all know how many times I have disagreed with the President in the past 8 years, on a number of issues that I could spend all night listing, but for example: The judges, the torture issue, the surge, campaign finance reform, etc etc. In each one of those issues, I decided to put Country above Party, and take a position that cost me popularity points with my colleagues and the republican base, because I knew it was the right thing to do for my country. Barack Obama has never done that. Never took a risky position on anything, never challenged his party on anything, never really been a leader on anything. So again, he has to smear me, or otherwise he looks bad. Me, while I understand it's politics as usual from him, Can't fathom how the people forget that while I was the democrats favorite republican senator for the past 8 years- so favorited that the democratic nominee in the last election wanted me to be his VP, have now suddenly became the same as Bush. Well, for the record Senator Obama, my name is John McCain, and you shouldn't forget this name because I was serving this country while you were in diapers. And to you, dear audience, please count the amount of times he will try to link me to Bush tonight. I promise you this much: it will make of an amusing drinking game." Now watch as Obama scrambles to find another strategy as you defused his only one.
2) Dude, you are a fiscal conservative republican, which means you are a DICK. Act like one. When you are discussing Obama's so called economic plan, go for the impracticality issue: How you don't know how Obama claims in his budget to increase education spending, reduce taxes on the middle-class, provide universal health care for everybody, make college education affordable for everybody, increase the size of the army and at the same time cut the deficit and balance the budget. Especially now, with the new 700 billion spending bill they just approved. You stress how for you it sounds like he is saying whatever the people want to hear to elect him, and that you are not doing that. You are going to do it the old-fashioned way: not pander to anybody, cut the waste and balance the budget. Just the way you always did it.
3) If they want to talk economy, then talk about how the most important thing to do is to create more american jobs. Pure and simple. that's the only thing that will fix the economy. How do you do it? Well, make it attractive for corporations to expand in america and hire americans, and for people to create new businesses and hire more people, by cutting , if not giving a limited time exemption, of corporate taxes. Tell them that you propose that from now on every new company that opens up and hires americans would get a tax exemption for the next 5 to 7 years, based on the size of the company and the amount of americans and residents they hire. Inform the already existing corporations that if they bring back 50 % or more of the jobs that they have outsources to the US, you will make their corporate taxes the same as Dubai's for the next 5 to 7 years: 4%. This will lower the cost of business in the US, thus encourage more foreign investment, more local investment, and will create more and more jobs, which means more salaries, more savings, more consumption= a functioning economy. Oh, and the tax difference they can probably make up with the Income tax revenues all of those new jobs will create.
4) I wish you never were for the bailout, because that would've been your issue. You could've exposed how much of a corrupt facade it was, and how if the issue was really liquidity, they could've just lent the financial corporations the money with the mortgages as collateral, instead of straight up taking the bad mortgages off of their hands, thus creating a huge opportunity for corruption and waste. But alas, you caved in, like they all did in the senate, but there is still something you can do about it: attack the earmarking they did in the house. You know, the 200 million they gave to rum manufacturers, the 120 million they gave to Nascar, the 2 million they gave to bow and arrow manufacturers. ATTACK THAT. Attack the republicans who asked for them. If you are truly against earmarks, you should totally own this issue, especially that the version you voted for didn't have all of this pork attached to it. And guess which party's majority voted for it: yes, the democrats. You can't lose with that one.
5) Stop with the Maverick crap. For real. Remind the voters of who you are supposed to be: You are a veteran of war and politics, and the one man steady enough to hold this country through those troubling times, instead of untested Orators who make people feel good but offer no substance. But have someone zap you every time you saw that maverick word. Seriously.
Why do I bother? He is going to lose this debate anyway. Obama just wants it more and it shows. And if he ends up winning it, well, good on him anyway, because he fought harder and committed less mistakes. Although I do have to say that american elections have this fantastic effect of taking two candidates that you liked at the beginning of the race and makes you really fuckin hate them near the end of it. Oh well. One month left to go.