FULL TEXT VERSION: McCain’s Talking Points on Suspending the Campaign (the accidental email)
UPDATE: 9/26/08: As predicted, team McCain’s Suspend-O-Rama was nothing but a hoax — a stage backdrop for McCain to say magnanimous things like, “I’ve got to do what I think is right for the country… and if that hurts me politically, I’ll gladly take the hit,” while manufacturing fires to be heroically put out. McCain’s mode is, after all, management by crisis. We saw this in action, yesterday, as McCain brought to the table his maverick gift for bipartisan negotiation, whereby he took an ordinary disagreement and turned it into a full-scale war, with both sides withdrawing completely from talks. But that’s another story. Regarding the McCain campaign’s Suspend-O-Rama, we’ll start crossing out the lies (with links provided for verification) in his talking points, below, as they become apparent and as our energy for such bullshit becomes available.
Management by Crisis, the Maverick Way
Here, recorded for posterity, is a copy of the McCain campaign’s infamous “talking points” memo that was intended for his campaign staff, but was accidentally emailed, en masse, to the media. Because the text is small, we’ve retyped it verbatim, below. We figure it’s only a matter of time before McCain contradicts himself on one or all of the talking points, so it may come in handy, having a copy for reference.
TALKING POINTS: SUSPENDING THE CAMPAIGN
- To address our nation’s financial crisis, John McCaIn will suspend his campaign and return to Washington. He has spoken to Senator Obama and informed him of his decision and has asked Senator Obama to join him. The campaign is suspending its advertising and fundraising.
- John McCain is calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including himself and Senator Obama.
- John McCain is directing his campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night’s debate until action has been taken to address this crisis.
- It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem. This is a time to put our country first. We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis has been resolved.
- It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the Administration’s proposal. He does not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time.
- Last Friday, John McCain laid out his proposal and has discussed his priorities and concerns with the bill the Administration has put forward.
- America faces an historic crisis in our financial system, and we must pass legislation to address this crisis. If we do not, credit will dry up, with devastating consequences for our economy.
- John McCain is confident that before the markets open on Monday we can achieve consensus on legislation that will stabilize our financial markets, protect taxpayers and homeowners, and earn the confidence of the American people.
Some talking points McCain could have heeded, if only he’d been paying attention (as Obama has been doing for the past week), to what his colleagues have working on, in McCain’s absentia, up on Capitol Hill for the past 7 days.
The superior doctor prevents sickness. The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness. The inferior doctor treats sickness. — Old Chinese proverb