Clear Fog Blog

Political musings from Warren E. Peterson

Fight for Us Senator McCain, Fight for Us!

Posted by Warren Peterson on October 6, 2008

OK, the bailout bill has passed. Now it’s time to call out the culprits. Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chris Dodd, Chuck Schumer, Barney Frank and a host of other Democrats lay the whole problem at the feet of the Republicans. They have no compunction about inserting politics into one of the most critical challenges in recent memory. Incredibly, Bill Clinton accepted a share of the blame for himself and the Democrats but he was in a definite minority within his party.

The job of pointing out the dirty fingers of Senator Dodd and his sweetheart mortgage from Countrywide, the chutzpah of Barney Frank claiming that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were sound and not in need of more oversight and Chuck Schumer’s loose lips that helped sink a California bank falls to the one person with the media exposure to do it – John McCain. It was commendable that McCain did not sink to the Pelosi level in the heat of negotiations on the bailout bill. For this Dodd, Schumer, Reid, Frank, Pelosi and other Democrats attacked him for returning to Washington to work on the bailout, doing his job as a Senator. Amazing. McCain owes these Congressional colleagues nothing. They have used every opportunity, especially during this crisis, to pump up the non-participant Obama and degrade the one who put the nation first, McCain.

Senator McCain said if he were elected president, he would point out every spending earmark and make the authors famous. Well the just passed bailout bill gives him his first golden opportunity. It is loaded with pork. Tax breaks for the rum industry, fishermen, people who bike to work, NASCAR and on and on; name names, Republican or Democrat, who used this crisis for political gain. Even if some of the earmarks were for “good” purposes, they should not have been in what was arguably the most significant piece of legislation in recent memory. Its passage should have been on the merits of the bill not bribes.

Senator McCain, in your nomination acceptance speech, you said “Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight.” Senator, you fought for us before, fight for us again and we’ll fight with you. Attack the Democrat hypocrisy. Don’t let the Democrats who were principals in causing the financial meltdown get away with the “Blame Bush” canard. Don’t let Obama disguise his leftist worldview with teleprompter feel good rhetoric. Straight talk to the people may not only win you the presidency but also save some House and Senate seats. Fight for us Senator, Fight for us.

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