Wednesday, October 1, 2008

It's Time to Take Off the Gloves

In this crazy political world where it sometimes seems that right is wrong and up is down, Republicans are frustrated, and understandably so. It is hard to fight against politicians who have no shame. Campaigns are wars. When you are fighting against a dishonest opponent, you must go on the offensive. In the words of Sun Tzu, “The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.” (The Art of War) The Democrats have provided plenty of ammunition, and it is high time that Republicans use it.

How galling is it to watch Senator Chris Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank blame Republicans for this financial crisis? How ridiculous is it for Speaker Pelosi to attack President Bush in her pre-bailout-vote speech? The Honorable Gentlemen, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank, are up to their necks in negligence and corruption surrounding the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (Covering Their Fannies)

Now it turns out that, “Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid her husband's real estate and investment firm nearly $100,000 from her political action committee over the past decade, a practice that she voted to ban last year and that her party condemned as part of the "culture of corruption" when Republicans did it.” (Pelosi Paid Husband's Firm) Speaker Pelosi evidently didn’t speak for 95 of her own members who voted against the bailout, yet she blamed Republicans.

The reality is that beginning in 2001 President Bush warned of “strong repercussions in financial markets due to potential financial trouble in GSEs.” Read about the repeated warnings of the Bush administration here: Just the Facts.

Although for some reason no one seems to be talking about it (where’s Katie Couric when we need her?), Senator John McCain sounded the alarm as well when he signed on to co-sponsor the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005 (Why Doesn't Media Report This?). Republicans were right, and Democrats were wrong.

On the surge, John McCain was right, and Senator Barack Obama was wrong. Etc., etc.

Which candidate walks the walk when it comes to reaching across the aisle? Senator John McCain. And which candidate only talks the talk? Senator Barack Obama. Do you see the pattern here?

So why are Republicans playing defense? Because, as usual, Republicans are nice. Senator John McCain is honorable, and he puts his country first. While his campaign has put out some effective attack ads, McCain generally eschews partisan politics. The problem is, he is up against a win-at-all-costs Chicago-style politician. So in order to win, he needs to take the gloves off and fight. Just pointing out the blatant hypocrisy of Obama (The Real Obama), if done effectively, should turn the tide.

Tomorrow night Governor Sarah Palin takes on Senator Joe Biden. Unless the "handlers" have gotten to her, she is by nature a fighter. Unfortunately the moderator of the debate, Gwen Ifill of PBS, has written a pro-Obama book set for release on election day. Let's hope that Sarah Barracuda shows up. With 34 days to go, there is still time. Let’s all take the gloves off. It would be a shame if the nice guys finish last.

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