FULL TEXT VERSION: McCain’s Talking Points on Suspending the Campaign (the accidental email)

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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.



Topline Messaging:


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 


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