Debate Silliness

September 26, 2008

It’s been quite a couple of days on the political front, and I really don’t know what I’m going to do with the BOW Award tomorrow.  It’s just no fun for me giving it to McCain yet again, but I really don’t know who else has earned it the way he has.  But that’s for tomorrow’s post.  Today I’m just still reeling from the past 72 hours worth of madness.  The uncertainty of it all — the debate craziness, the “suspension” of McCain’s campaign (in quotes because his surrogates were still out there talking, he still had ads on the air, and anyone who thinks that his trip back to D.C. wasn’t part of his Presidential campaign is delusional), the negotiations over the bailout plan for Wall Street.  As I say, so much uncertainty.

That’s why I’m so grateful to the McCain Campaign, for removing at least some of the uncertainty from tonight’s procedings.  It seems that we needn’t tune in to watch, because John McCain has already been declared the winner!  Yes, that’s right.  Declared the winner by whom, you ask?  Well, by the McCain-Palin campaign of course.

Seems that the McCain folks sold an advertisement declaring McCain the winner to the Wall Street Journal web site and it ran Friday morning.  A campaign spokesman for the McCain campaign later explained that the Journal had run the ad earlier than it was supposed to.  The paper has since taken the ad down.

Note to McCain campaign staff:  Spin works best after the fact.  Offer it ahead of time and it looks a lot more . . . well, like spin.

UPDATE/EDIT:  Forgot to mention the most important part of this story.  This ad appeared at the WSJ site BEFORE McCain announced that he was going to participate in the event, supposedly before he had even made up his mind to go to Mississippi for the debate.  That whole “I’m not going to go unless we have a deal” stance was, apparently, a sham.


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