Maverick McCain Goes Soft Again … Scolds GOP for Fanning Democrat Illinois Blagogate Corruption Scandal
Why did John McCain lose to Obama in the 2008 Presidential election? Was it because of the Obama faux message of change? Obama’s get out the vote? Nope. It was because too many Conservatives and Republicans were not inspired my the maverick because they did not trust McCain to act like a Republican. Suddenly, in the wake of a senate seat for sale scandal and Obama not being openly honest, McCain decides to be “mavericky”.
Dear Senator McCain, the way that this has been handled by Obama screams that people ask questions. When even Democrats begin to question the silence and handling of this issue, who are you Senator McCain to scold your own party?
Obama/Blagojevich video via Red State
Have Republicans finally figured out that John McCain is only a “maverick” when he goes against his own Republican party? John McCain, who when the tough got going during the Presidential election, decided to go soft is now chiding the GOP for fanning the flames of the Democratic Blagojevich senate seat for sale corruption. How soft has John McCain become since losing to Obama? Better yet, by his comments below it would appear that McCain believe that Chicago politics is a walk through the candy cane and gum drop forest in fantasy land.
McCain replied: “I think that the Obama campaign should and will give all information necessary. You know, in all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody — right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary. And so, I don’t know all the details of the relationship between President-elect Obama’s campaign or his people and the governor of Illinois, but I have some confidence that all the information will come out. It always does, it seems to me.”
It’s back to old times for McCain as the “Maverick” must want to be loved by the MSM and back in their good graces as their favorite lovable loser Republican. John McCain might want to actually figure out what side of the aisle he wants to sit on as the Gateway Pundit puts it, ‘because, we all know how respectful the Democrats would be if George Bush’s chief of staff and leading Republicans were caught in such a horrendous abuse of the law.”
I supposed this is how McCain thinks he will get back in the good graces of the media. John “can’t we all get along” McCain really does need to ride off into the sunset. Heaven forbid Senator McCain that corruption be addressed in Blagogate and all individuals responsible be lead accountable. Isn’t this simply amazing as the problems that faced the United States were going on prior to the Presidential election, yet McCain did not have an issue with Democratic opposition.
The Arizona senator said he will disagree sometimes with Obama on important issues, but that the nation’s problems are too daunting for political divisiveness.
Make no mistake about it, Barack Obama owes Americans transparency and full disclosure as to the contacts with Blagogate as that is what the Obamamessiah ran on during the campaign. Even the LA Times, that conservative bastion of news reporting is questioning the handling of this saga by Obama.
As a representative of the outgoing senator and president-elect and a member of the same party, it would be hard to believe Emanuel or someone did not communicate somehow with Blagojevich or his staff.
What’s puzzled some people and raised suspicions among others is Emanuel’s refusal to talk about it (reportedly physically pushing one reporter’s tape recorder away and having a verbal altercation with another) and the delay on Obama’s part in releasing the promised diary of contacts.
From a practical point of view, if everything is above board, what’s to hide?
From a political communications and PR point of view, the atypically clumsy silence and delay creates doubts among even some Democrats, an information vacuum that opponents seek to fill with items like this video below and that has turned what could have been a one- or two-day state scandal story into nearly a week-long saga now involving a new national leader who promised to change the way the people’s business is done.
All of which also distracts from the message the Obama camp would prefer be focused on: the formation of a talented new Cabinet before Obama escapes Chicago’s frigid South Side to Hawaii for the holidays. The scandal is now certain to be a major topic today on the Sunday morning political talk shows as listed here.