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Posted: 9/5/2008 5:38:47 AM EDT
Analysis here: www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/05/schneider.speech/index.html


"ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) -- It's odd to present yourself as a maverick to the most partisan audience imaginable, as John McCain did Thursday night.

But the real audience wasn't sitting in the Xcel Center this evening to watch the Arizona senator accept the Republican Party's presidential nomination; it was the independents at home looking for a reason to vote for him.

It wasn't that long ago that McCain was the Republican most admired among Democrats. He retains some residual popularity with Democrats and particularly independents.

But some of that glow has faded. iReport.com: Do you think McCain hit the mark?

He's certainly doing his best to regain some of that luster. He didn't talk much at all about divisive social issues: a brief reference to his support for life, no talk of gay issues, a brief reference to judges that don't legislate from the bench but no extended focus on social issues. That's not the core of his agenda.

But in a moment sure to be featured in campaign ads from now to November, he paid tribute to the sitting Republican president, George W. Bush. A risky move.

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The most important thing McCain had to do tonight was to demonstrate that he knows the pain and anxiety Americans are going through right now and that he has a plan to address that. Nobody doubts he's a hero, as the many tributes throughout the convention were meant to highlight, but what they want to know is what he's going to do to fix the economy.  Watch McCain lay out his platform »

He used the issue to try to criticize Barack Obama, who holds the advantage on the issue. Obama wants to raise your taxes, he said. He wants to wish away the global economy. Is there any basis for these critiques? I'm not so sure. But it's a case he has to make to have a chance this November.

So far, at least, the essence of his economic plan is to stop government spending, an arguable proposition for economic growth, but it's the most concrete economic plan he's provided: stop government overspending and rescue the economy. Democrats will try to pick that apart. But frankly, a lot of people believe it

The second element of his economic plan is to cut taxes. Cutting taxes and keeping government spending low are the foundation of Republican economics: Reaganomics.

Is that an economic rescue program?

To put it another way: Do people feel that their economic problems are caused by government spending and high taxes? They certainly did in 1980, but it's 28 years later.

It's always been an article of belief among Republicans that they lost the 2006 congressional elections because of their abandonment of one of these core Republican principles and their embrace of federal overspending.

That's simply not true; they lost because of Iraq. But they refuse to believe it.

The Iraq issue has really receded in importance in this campaign. It was the central issue in 2006 but not 2008. And one of the ironies is that more Americans think we're winning in Iraq, but more Americans believe that Obama will handle the issue better than McCain.

Iraq did take center stage in one respect Thursday night as anti-war protesters from Code Pink who managed to make it into the arena interrupted McCain at several points.

As these protesters continued to grab the crowd's attention -- and the crowd, coming to his defense, unintentionally stepped on McCain's speech with their chants -- he recognized that he really faced a serious problem and did his best to short-circuit it. Ignore the "static," he told the audience; "Americans want us to stop shouting at each other."

He's right.

The danger in incidents like this is that people will see him as a president who will divide the country. That's the danger for him. His initial response was the right one: Maintain calm in the situation, the crowd and himself.

Still, McCain ended with his biggest themes: sacrifice and patriotism. It was intended to be stirring, but I wonder whether the call to "fight" turns off a lot of voters.

People really are tired of fighting.

My view is: It was a simple and sincere speech that gave testimony to his character, avoiding most divisive social issues. But it did not seem to answer the question, "What are you going to do about the nation's terrible economic problems?"

His answers seemed very much part of the past: cut spending, cut taxes. He really needs to find a new and bolder economic plan.



He tried to claim some of Obama's major campaign themes Thursday: unity and change. But when McCain talks about change, he talks about changing Washington. When the Democrats talk about change, they're talking about changing the way things are going in the country.

If voters are choosing between two men, they will probably choose McCain. If they're choosing between two policies, I think Obama has the edge: His are newer, smarter and fresher.


How can he think Obama's economic plan of spend spend spend is better than McCain's?

This tripe passes for analysis, fuck the Left.
Link Posted: 9/5/2008 5:51:55 AM EDT

It is CNN  -The Communist National Network

What did you expect ??


Iggort
Link Posted: 9/5/2008 5:55:03 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/5/2008 5:55:44 AM EDT
It wasn't a very motivating speech, more trying to look like a statesman.

But the media is blowing over with their bias this election.
Link Posted: 9/5/2008 6:02:59 AM EDT

The Iraq issue has really receded in importance in this campaign. It was the central issue in 2006 but not 2008. And one of the ironies is that more Americans think we're winning in Iraq, but more Americans believe that Obama will handle the issue better than McCain.


Maybe because we are.....
Link Posted: 9/5/2008 6:04:09 AM EDT
As a registered Independent, that author can lick my balls. Obama is garbage.  
Link Posted: 9/5/2008 6:06:32 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/5/2008 6:06:58 AM EDT
What do expect from a network that describes McCains POW experience as "he spent several years in a NV prison camp".   How about five and a half.

Oh and "Sarah Palin helped out occasionally with her husbands fishing business".

I tried watching CNN the past several days but gave up expecting any balanced reporting.
Link Posted: 9/5/2008 6:08:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Old_Painless:

My view is: Blah, blah, blah.


It's his opinion.

Who cares?

He's wrong.

LOL.

Clear, concise and to the point. I like it.
Link Posted: 9/5/2008 6:09:41 AM EDT
From the article:


He really needs to find a new and bolder economic plan.


Like what?  You either want to cut taxes or not.  You either want to cut spending or not.  There aren't a lot of other options.

Link Posted: 9/5/2008 6:10:49 AM EDT
BLA BLA BLA! These idiots keep saying "I didn't hear anything about the economy!" The you must not have been listening doofus! Energy independence IS about the economy! Cutting taxes/making the Bush cuts permanent IS about the economy! Are these people stupid or something? Wait, yes they do seem to be and I know this, but come on!
Link Posted: 9/5/2008 6:12:58 AM EDT


Amazing.

Joseph Goebbles could never have imagined such an enormous and virtually unopposed propaganda machine could ever exist in a "free" country so totally devoted to propping up one political party while spewing the most blatant lies, half-truths, slanted stories and vile personal attacks that are being done on behalf of the Leftists in America today by CNN/NBC/MSNBC/CBS/ABC/NYTimes/USAToday/WashingtonPost.....


It makes me want to puke.










Link Posted: 9/5/2008 6:15:27 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/5/2008 6:18:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2008 6:19:22 AM EDT by Beltfed]


Only those not paying attention - about 80% of the nation - buy this propaganda from CNN.


That's true, but thankfully over the last week the media has gotten blasted over being biased.  Much more than usual, its actually a big deal right now.

So while it continues to happen, hopefully more people have taken notice that have not previously.
Link Posted: 9/5/2008 6:21:31 AM EDT
"Still, McCain ended with his biggest themes: sacrifice and patriotism. It was intended to be stirring, but I wonder whether the call to "fight" turns off a lot of voters.

People really are tired of fighting."

What people?  The only people I know fighting are the Troops and God Bless them.

Link Posted: 9/5/2008 6:29:36 AM EDT
Well, he did say some stupid shit.

Still bragging about being bi-partisan. I want a winner! I don't want to compromise w/Democrats I want conservative values to win.

I will no longer listen to him, only Palin. Everytime I listen to him I want to stay home Nov. 7th but I know that's not the right thing to do.

I'm voting for Palin. Out of all four, McCain, Obaman, Biden, Palin, she has my vote.
I'm not voting for McCain, I'm voting for our future.

Link Posted: 9/5/2008 7:16:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By avenger44:
Well, he did say some stupid shit.

Still bragging about being bi-partisan. I want a winner! I don't want to compromise w/Democrats I want conservative values to win.

I will no longer listen to him, only Palin. Everytime I listen to him I want to stay home Nov. 7th but I know that's not the right thing to do.

I'm voting for Palin. Out of all four, McCain, Obaman, Biden, Palin, she has my vote.
I'm not voting for McCain, I'm voting for our future.



He spent very little time on bipartisanship in his speech. I noted that several times he mentioned "reaching out his hand to the patriots" or something very akin to that. IMO, going after independents who actually like America.
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