When Hurricane Gustave hit New Orleans during the Republican National Convention John McCain “rode the wave”. McCain restructured the Republican convention to reflect concern for the people of the Gulf Coast states and of New Orleans. McCain now needs to “ride the wave” again. This time it’s the economic crisis McCain must ride.
In political campaigns you either “ride the wave” or you get drowned by it. As his campaign gets pummeled by the economic crisis John McCain must explain why McCain is better suited to solve the nation’s economic crisis.
It is a tough case to make on policy grounds. It’s a tough case to make because John McCain and Barack Obama both supported the atrocious Wall Street Bailout Bill.
But McCain has a case to make which merges the necessary questions about Obama’s character and the necessary answers to the economic crisis.
McCain must make the case that as a political maverick he has taken on his own party and his own party’s interests whereas Obama has never opposed his own corrupt friends.
McCain should acknowledge that his own party and its deregulation policies have contributed greatly to the economic crisis but McCain needs to point out that leading Democrats and Democratic policies must share the blame in the current economic crisis as well.
The difference, McCain must say, is that McCain will fight for the American people against his own party whereas Obama will continue policies that loot the American economy.
McCain has Antoin “Tony” Rezko as an example about what Obama would do in office.
When Obama’s own constituents were freezing in slumlord Rezko’s tenements Obama was either unaware or uninterested in their plight. Obama was busy catering to the needs of now convicted Rezko.
It will be difficult for McCain to make a strong case against Obama tonight due to the town hall format of the debate. But there is not much time left before NOvember. McCain should use the town hall format to his advantage.
McCain should say he has several houses none of which were purchased with the assistance of Antoin “Tony” Rezko. McCain should say that most Americans do not have a Rezko to help them purchase their houses. McCain should finally force Obama to come clean on Rezko and the financing of his mansion. But most importantly McCain should finally force Obama to explain why he did not know his constituents were freezing in Rezko housing that Obama himself helped obtain for Rezko and make the case that Obama would do to Americans what he did to his Chicago constituents.
McCain tonight must expose Obama on his character and on his choice of long time friends and mentors. McCain must make the case that Obama is not to be trusted to help constituents. McCain must make the case that when it comes to conflict between his corrupt wealthy benefactors and his constituents Obama will side with his corrupt wealthy benefactors.
McCain tonight must make the case that Obama will side with Wall Street friends against bitter Main Street American.