Grab the Marshmallows – McCain’s Toasting

By Yul

John McCain’s latest campaign strategy is to be so wacky and unpredictable, nobody knows what he’ll do next.

It wasn’t enough to pluck an untested hockey mom from obscurity as his running mate. Ditto: pronouncing the economy fundamentally strong while Wall Street imploded.

Now, he’s charging back to Washington on his white horse to whip everyone into shape and hammer out a bailout deal. No matter that he has yet to offer a single useful new idea and they’re reaching compromises just fine without him.

By suspending his campaign, McCain hopes to evade his first debate with Barack Obama, and perhaps even cause a domino effect to win Sarah Palin a reprieve from facing Joe Biden. How convenient.

But while McCain single-handedly saves Wall Street, why doesn’t he have his battle-hardened, fully-qualified Veep campaign in his place?

I think we know the answer to that one.

This attempt to rise from the ashes of his fast-dwindling poll numbers is so transparent, it makes you wonder how they can still capture the guy on film.

McCain is showing us he’s another Republican who can’t walk and chew gum, prone to belated over-reactions to emergencies.

Hmmm… who does that remind you of?

Besides, letting McCain and his ilk clean up this mess they helped create with their laissez-faire attitude toward big business is like asking vampires to guard the blood bank.

That burning odor you smell? It’s McCain’s campaign going down in flames.

7 Responses to Grab the Marshmallows – McCain’s Toasting

  1. Adele says:

    Excellent post, Yul, let us only hope that the buring smell is, indeed, McCain going down in flames, rather than the fire and brimstone of the hell the Republicans have consigned us all to.

    I can’t help picturing you three cats on a political talk show. Yul, the firebrand, Fred, the wise, but somewhat crochety older gentleman, and Adele, always feminine and smooth, but managing to make her points and get in zingers. But I guess you write in English but speak in Cat.

  2. Scott Burger says:

    Distributed by the Green Party of the United States

    Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente Power to the People Campaign

    For immediate release
    Wednesday, September 24, 2008

    Contact: 202-584-1021,

    WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party presidential nominee Cynthia McKinney has offered to debate Barack Obama if John McCain’s opts out at this Friday’s presidential debate in Oxford, Mississippi, following the Republican nominee’s announcement that he is seeking a delay of the event.

    “If John McCain wants to bow out, I’m willing to step in and take his podium on Friday,” said Cynthia McKinney.

    “The financial meltdown won’t come any closer to a resolution because a presidential debate is postponed. Now is the best time for Americans to see how prepared their leaders are to handle emergencies, how they introduce fresh ideas and solutions for national problems, and whether they’re willing to stand up for the American people instead of Wall Street moguls and corporate interests,” Ms. McKinney added.

    Ms. McKinney has sharply criticized the bailout bill and has introduced a ten-point plan to address the financial crisis (“Seize the Time,”

    The Green Party has also called for extensive measures and protections for American taxpayers, calling the collapse and bailout of financial institutions a sign that bipartisan deregulation policies and the free-market ideology have failed (

    “I’m ready right now to travel to Mississippi. Voters have a right to know about all the candidates whose names they’ll see on the ballot. Voters deserve to know which candidate best represents their interests and ideals. Any presidential candidate who is on enough ballots to be elected deserves to participate. We need multi-party presidential debates, and I’m ready to go up against Barack Obama or any other candidate and present my ideas to the American people. I should be included in these debates whether McCain shows up or not,” said Ms. McKinney

    Cynthia McKinney is a former six-term Georgia member of the US House of Representatives. Ms. McKinney and running mate Rosa Clemente ( were nominated by the Green Party of the United States at the 2008 Green National Convention in Chicago this past July.

  3. catsworking says:

    I definitely think McCain has marked the turning point in his campaign. All Obama has to do now is continue to be a cool cat while McCain flails.

    Palin’s magic is beginning to pale as she trots around the UN, dodging reporters and making superficial chit-chat with various world leaders.

    She probably told Karzai that although she prefers dead grizzly bears to afghans as throws on her sofa, she’ll supports him 100%, even if it means coming over and doing some of the killing herself.

    Adele, you must have this place bugged or something because you have captured the dynamics here at Cats Working perfectly. When Karen started this blog, we were were initially ambivalent about participating because we thought it would encroach too much on our catnap time. But now all of us are so excited about being kitty pundits and making cats’ opinions heard, there’s been more than one catfight over who gets to publish the next entry.

    Since I’m the biggest by at least 7 pounds and I have claws like giant can openers, guess who usually wins? “Firebrand” is putting it mildly. – Yul

  4. MorganLF says:

    Well stated. Let’s hope the assumption is correct that McPalin is on the way down…but I keep thinking.

    Clinton handed over a balanced budget and a 528 billion dollar surplus to the American Idiot, Bush. Yet all the Republicans HATED him and hate him still. My country is embroiled in a useless, expensive unwinnable, unwarranted war, our economy is IMPLODING, my assets are disappearing and I have no pension (unlike some Republican’s I know).

    I saved and invested and the stupid frat boy squandered my future and ran the country into the ground like he ran Arbusto (his company) into the ground. Honestly how dense are Americans? What were they expecting from this guy? He stole elections, indulged in an illegal war and cannot speak the Queen’s English. American’s are capable of profound stupidity.

  5. catsworking says:

    Morgan, you and Karen are in exactly the same boat on assets and pensions, and she’s paying through the nose for healthcare on top of it.

    It looks like the Repubs are trying to win brownie points by screaming about the $700 billion bailout to deflect attention from the Dems’ insistence on protecting the taxpayers’ investment, such as capping CEO salaries, helping some homeowners avoid foreclosure, and accountability for how the money is spent.

    In the original 3-page proposal, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson (an ex-CEO from Goldman Sachs) actually wanted carte blanche to squander the money as he sees fit with NO questions asked or right of review by any court or Congress. You know EXACTLY where he planned to send the lion’s share of the money – into the pockets of fellow CEOs. Their last super-big payday before Bush leaves office and their banks crumble to dust.

    The sheer gall of it defies description. Bush must have been so proud of him.

    I think Obama goes into the debate tonight in a stronger position than ever. The Dems have been doing their utmost to come up with a bailout plan that doesn’t rape taxpayers, only to be thwarted by Bush & Co at every turn. And McCain expects the world to hold its breath while he drops everything and goes to Washington to fight on Bush’s side.

    Bipartisanship, my tail.

    The debate is supposed to be on foreign policy, but I can’t see how they won’t divert at least part of the time to the economy.

    Cats Working are looking forward to seeing McCain get shredded. On the 48th anniversary of the Kennedy/Nixon debate where the smoother, younger, more articulate Kennedy made mincemeat out of crooked, lying Nixon, we predict we’re about to see history repeat itself.

    Obama’s got to be frustrated enough by now with all McCain’s lies and games that he’ll be ready to give it to him with both barrels. Voters have been waiting for Obama to show some indignation. I think we’re going to see it tonight. And Obama will be so smooth about it, McCain won’t even know he’s been slashed until he tries to turn his head and it falls off.

    You read it here first. McCain’s toast.

  6. MorganLF says:

    Wish you were right. McCain came off much better than expected. The champion deregulator, the bitter angry man sounded pretty crisp. Stupid people vote for stupid people. And there are a lot of stupid voters (witness the past 8 years- even though the first election was clearly stolen by the evil Cheney/Rove/Bush triumvirate as in a coup d’état).

    Can’t wait to see Palin & Biden WHAT PURE THEATER IT SHOULD BE!! All that grandstanding by McCain rushing to Washington…and he never even spoke to the Senate! He met with Boehener for a half hour then rushed off to his campaign HQ to rehearse. Pure political theater; and he may win! Obama made a big, big, big mistake not putting Hillary on the ticket it is as stupid as Gore choosing that A-hole Lieberman which as much as anything contributed to his defeat.

  7. catsworking says:

    Well, Obama didn’t shred McCain as we had hoped, but by most accounts, he was perceived as the winner of the debate, and we agree. Effortlessly, he came off as smart and vigorous next to that paunchy old grouch with the sad comb-over.

    At Cats Working we say, you can never trust a guy who won’t even admit he’s bald.

    Karen was talking to a Republican friend yesterday (hard to believe, but true) who was telling her he loves Palin simply because she “speaks from the heart.”

    No matter that her head is absolutely empty. And forget the suffering that Bush has brought on us all by following his gut. Some people never learn.

    I think McCain’s grand gesture last week of rushing back to Washington, even though he serves on NO committees that had anything to do with the negotiations, was rightly seen as a rather idiotic ploy to boost his poll numbers.

    And the Republicans getting all indignant about spending $700 billion of the LITTLE GUYS’ money to bail out Wall Street – just a ruse to help McCain by tricking people into thinking Republicans care.

    Where have they been while Bush has been pouring $10 billion a month down that rat-hole called Iraq? That’s LITTLE GUYS’ money, too.

    We know several Independents who are all leaning toward Obama because the Republicans’ efforts to play off the fears of stupid people have become so transparent and insulting.

    Much as Adele is loathe to admit it, she now agrees with you that it’s a shame Obama and Hillary didn’t team up, now that Palin’s in the picture. But Hillary never would have made a good VP, and now she could end up in Condi Rice’s job or on the Supreme Court, where she could be much more effective.

    Lieberman did Gore no favors. Every time we hear him speak, we’re reminded of the guy who used to play the human on “Alf.”

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