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2008-09-24 03:47:39 PM  
Oh man that's a COMPLETE smackdown on McCain!!!!

Obama supporter and chief debate negotiator Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., told MSNBC that "we can handle both," when asked about his reaction to McCain's call to postpone the first debate because of the administration's bailout plan.
 
2008-09-24 03:51:21 PM  
Good. This shiat is getting ridiculous. Might as well just say no to the VP "debate," since it appears it won't really be a debate.

And, of course, if Obama were to agree to this postponement, then they'd back off the format of the presidential debate, saying "oh that was just for this Friday. That's off now."

/limited vp debate
//even more limited interviews
///even more limited press conferences
//just exuding confidence they are
 
2008-09-24 03:53:01 PM  
Forgot to add...didn't McCain essentially call Obama out for not immediately reacting to the situation? Cause, you know, god forbid the man should take time to - oh, I dunno - think about it? Consider the options? Not just jump to conclusions?
 
2008-09-24 03:53:29 PM  
Hell yes.
 
2008-09-24 03:54:44 PM  

markie_farkie: Oh man that's a COMPLETE smackdown on McCain!!!!

Obama supporter and chief debate negotiator Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., told MSNBC that "we can handle both," when asked about his reaction to McCain's call to postpone the first debate because of the administration's bailout plan.


Yup, if you can't handle both then I would prefer that you not be my president.
 
2008-09-24 03:56:01 PM  
"WE can do both."


OOOOh SMack!
 
2008-09-24 03:56:22 PM  
Amen.
 
2008-09-24 03:57:41 PM  
Ouch. Good on Obama's camp for seeing through McCain and realizing this is the real reason he asked to suspend the campaign and not calling off the debate. Politics should go on.
 
2008-09-24 03:58:33 PM  
A senior McCain campaign official said that the "Bush package is dead.

That's nothing Laura didn't already know.
 
2008-09-24 03:58:55 PM  

harpo787: Forgot to add...didn't McCain essentially call Obama out for not immediately reacting to the situation? Cause, you know, god forbid the man should take time to - oh, I dunno - think about it? Consider the options? Not just jump to conclusions?


It neglects to mention the other response from the Obama campaign that's on Politico.

"At 8:30 this morning, Senator Obama called Senator McCain to ask him if he would join in issuing a joint statement outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton in an email sent just minutes after McCain's statement. "At 2:30 this afternoon, Senator McCain returned Senator Obama's call and agreed to join him in issuing such a statement. The two campaigns are currently working together on the details."
 
2008-09-24 03:59:08 PM  
Shouldn't a bailout maybe wait on the results from that FBI investigation anyhow?
 
2008-09-24 03:59:17 PM  
Good for them. It's not like either candidate knows dick about the economy anyway, and even with a swarm of economists around them, they still can't do anything anyway until January 20th or the bailout bill vote, whichever comes first.
 
2008-09-24 03:59:34 PM  
Good job Barack. Do not let these assholes sucker you into "post partisan" bullshiat because they are losing.
 
2008-09-24 03:59:50 PM  
They CAN handle both. McCain is just a pandering chickenshiat. Not gonna work.
 
2008-09-24 03:59:53 PM  
Ok. So if McCain isn't going to campaign (as he said he would) then will he not respond to this? According to McCain's own statement, he was suspending his campaign and asking Obama to do the same.

Now that this is out, how many people expect McCain to actually live up to his word?
 
2008-09-24 04:00:40 PM  
major modmin fail if this is what you picked

?

/did someone give Jeff the red pen?
 
2008-09-24 04:00:46 PM  
watch POW-POW turn this into Obama putting politics before country because he's an out-of-touch elitist who doesn't care about the little man's burden in paying off the Wall Street fat-cats.

and watch the public eat that shiat sandwich with an ear-to-ear grin.
 
2008-09-24 04:00:46 PM  

unremarkable asterisk: Yup, if you can't handle both then I would prefer that you not be my president.


EXACTLY!!!!


I can't BELIEVE the McCain campaign wouldn't have at least seen this reply coming as a possibility.

The GOP campaign is on the verge of a catastrophic meltdown.. Mark my words.
 
2008-09-24 04:00:47 PM  
Maybe Obama will do like Reagan did with Anderson when Carter wouldn't show up and debate Barr.
 
2008-09-24 04:00:56 PM  

azmoviez: Ok. So if McCain isn't going to campaign (as he said he would) then will he not respond to this? According to McCain's own statement, he was suspending his campaign and asking Obama to do the same.

Now that this is out, how many people expect McCain to actually live up to his word?


Palin will answer. This is the move which makes McCain drop off the ticket and lets Palin run for President.

/adjusts tin foil
 
2008-09-24 04:01:07 PM  
"We can handle both"

bp0.blogger.com
 
2008-09-24 04:01:29 PM  
Whoa. That was a rather... presidential burn.
 
2008-09-24 04:01:31 PM  

SushiJoe: /did someone give Jeff the red pen?


You'll get over it.
 
2008-09-24 04:01:48 PM  
I think a new hurricane might form from the spin that the rightys will blow out to justify how this isn't their candidate totally pussing out.
 
2008-09-24 04:01:52 PM  

Churchill2004: Maybe Obama will do like Reagan did with Anderson when Carter wouldn't show up and debate Barr.


That would be so awesome.
 
2008-09-24 04:01:54 PM  
Oh snap indeed.
 
2008-09-24 04:01:57 PM  
So he was for postponing before he was against postponing.
 
2008-09-24 04:02:03 PM  
Damn it. I need an 'oh snap' graphic, stat!

There's a hell of a lot of smack talking going around.

"We can handle both." Oops. Didn't see that response coming, did ya?
 
2008-09-24 04:02:48 PM  

markie_farkie: Obama supporter and chief debate negotiator Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., told MSNBC that "we can handle both," when asked about his reaction to McCain's call to postpone the first debate because of the administration's bailout plan.


www.photopile.com
 
2008-09-24 04:02:52 PM  

SushiJoe: major modmin fail if this is what you picked

?

/did someone give Jeff the red pen?


Huh?
Clicked 140 times; will post to Main on Wed, 24 Sep 2008 at 7:45 PM
 
2008-09-24 04:03:18 PM  
Awesome. If the debate does happen and if McCain is laying the smack down then he can breakout the "we shouldn't even be here" line for the spike! However if McCain is getting his shiat handed to him then he can blame the fact that he is not prepared on "I was working hard for the US people not getting ready for some debate". If he really wants to put it down he can work in something about "Obama would rather win a debate then help the people"

Gold pure gold

This would be over if Mitt was the candidate.
 
2008-09-24 04:03:30 PM  
ALRIGHT DAMMIT.

Not this time, man. Here's what's going down, essentially:

The Political Debate on Friday was an opportunity for the Democratic candidate and the Republican candidate to spew talking points and platitudes at each other. We all obsess over this on the off chance that the person for whom we aren't voting says something stupid or silly and we can laugh; our choice in the race now vindicated.

SO INSTEAD- McCain is going to be in Washington "fixing the economy." Which essentially means he's going to spew talking points and platitudes with the backdrop of the congressional chamber where there will be no moderator, no one to challenge his statements, and "fixing the economy" turns into a cheap photo-op.

MEANWHILE- Obama and his advisers will be on television and in advertisements spewing talking points and platitudes while simultaneously trying to fight back accusations that "well.. McCAIN is in D.C., working and doing his job- so WHY AREN'T YOU?!" A new talking point is born, somebody makes a gaffe or two, a couple of news anchors look self-righteous and important as they repeat what was said and by whom...

And all the while... NOTHING is said.
NOTHING is done.
The economy is still F*CKED.

And we all break out the popcorn for the entertainment.

F*CK politics.
 
2008-09-24 04:03:33 PM  
He'd better get cracking on a press conference to explain all this, or it's just going to look like a late hit that came 5 seconds after the time-out was called.

Nevermind that time-outs don't farking exist in politics, but whatever. Was Bush asking for a time-out when the DHS threat indicator was at orange or red or whatever it was, when the Bush-Kerry debates were approaching?
 
2008-09-24 04:03:59 PM  

DandamanFL: So he was for postponing before he was against postponing.


If I understand things correctly, Obama called McCain about working together on the bailout. Not suspending the campaigns or cancelling the debates.
 
2008-09-24 04:04:43 PM  

stickmangrit: watch POW-POW turn this into Obama putting politics before country because he's an out-of-touch elitist who doesn't care about the little man's burden in paying off the Wall Street fat-cats.

and watch the public eat that shiat sandwich with an ear-to-ear grin.


The last remaining kernel of optimism in the tattered shreds of my soul wants you to be wrong. Everything else says you aren't.
 
2008-09-24 04:05:08 PM  
www.majhost.com
 
2008-09-24 04:05:08 PM  
Pretty chickenshiat way to get out of the debate there Johnny.
 
2008-09-24 04:05:28 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: However if McCain is getting his shiat handed to him then he can blame the fact that he is not prepared on "I was working hard for the US people not getting ready for some debate".


Because nothing impresses the American people like failing and then excusing yourself. That's like, leadership, right there.
 
2008-09-24 04:05:29 PM  
I don't think there's any "official" word on this yet.
 
2008-09-24 04:05:29 PM  

Churchill2004: Maybe Obama will do like Reagan did with Anderson when Carter wouldn't show up and debate Barr.


I hope so.
 
2008-09-24 04:06:45 PM  
Hilarious that the candidate who wanted more debates suddenly pisses his pants when the Washington Post says he's down 9 points and responds with more gimmickry, more bullshiat, more ridiculousness.
 
2008-09-24 04:07:03 PM  
I see that this is a follow-up... but the Mods never posted McCain's original request to stop the debate... did they?
 
2008-09-24 04:07:12 PM  

RevMercutio: It neglects to mention the other response from the Obama campaign that's on Politico.


Well, this second post I made was not a direct reference to the thread's topic. Probably shouldn't have done that, I guess.

I think it was two or three days ago when McCain was picking on Obama suggesting that he was hesitant to commit to a decision on the economy, etc. At least, that's going off the top of my head.

Were you referring to the article linked for this thread topic?
 
2008-09-24 04:07:18 PM  

harpo787: Forgot to add...didn't McCain essentially call Obama out for not immediately reacting to the situation? Cause, you know, god forbid the man should take time to - oh, I dunno - think about it? Consider the options? Not just jump to conclusions?


My Pet Goat?
 
2008-09-24 04:07:51 PM  
For five and a half years, John McCain could schedule NOTHING, so he lives his life minute-to-minute, and he frowns on your fancy, elitist "scheduled functions".

John McCain schedules his functions like any one else in his age group, he eats a bran muffin.

Or maybe a pancake. Because he's THAT MUCH of a farkin' MAVERICK!

Maybe he'll have a bran muffin, MAYBE a bran pancake. That's just the way he rolls, he's better than us.
 
2008-09-24 04:07:53 PM  
"Frail old man runs from African American asking for change" got 94 votes. Must be a record for a redlit headline.
 
2008-09-24 04:07:56 PM  

GWShenlong05: Nevermind that time-outs don't farking exist in politics, but whatever. Was Bush asking for a time-out when the DHS threat indicator was at orange or red or whatever it was, when the Bush-Kerry debates were approaching?


Bush set the meter to red. We weren't supposed to question him, we were supposed to be afraid.
 
2008-09-24 04:08:01 PM  
McCain suspended his campaign because the coven of lobbyists he surrounds himself with have realized his campaign has no future and there is 700 billion on the table back in DC. the blood is in the water and 100 of the most powerful sharks in the country were stuck in Ohio campaigning for a septuagenarian long shot who reacted to a drop in the Dow by saying he wants to fire the chairman of the SEC.
 
2008-09-24 04:08:33 PM  
Nice try by McCain, Obama with the block and the score!

Seriously, if you're going to be President of the United States, you best learn to multi-task on major issues.

What, are you going to suspend the Iraq war because the economy is doing bad? Not take calls from the Joint Chiefs because you're in a meeting with the Fed?
 
2008-09-24 04:08:45 PM  

markie_farkie: Obama supporter and chief debate negotiator Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill.


That the dead fish guy?
 
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