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October 22, 2008

You Know...

The groundwork is being laid for Obama -- or rather his surrogates, and the media (but I repeat myself) -- to insist on McCain suspending his campaign when Obama suspends his own to visit his ailing grandmother.

Who, incidentally, has most likely been ailing for a very long time. But he has to visit her now, in the homestretch of the campaign. No way he could have done so when he took a vacation in the Caribbean after wrapping up the primaries.

Obama insisted "we can chew gum and walk at the same time" when McCain suggested suspending campaigning to deal with the financial crisis. I'll remind him that if he can do so, he can't whine that McCain wants to continue with this whole presidential election bother when he checks in on grandma.

So, how is Obama dealing with his grief currently? He's in the sixth stage of dealing with loss: Attacking John McCain.

I don't begrudge him that-- I will, however, note that he is not free to call a special Ramadan -- call it an Obamadan -- whenever he thinks it will benefit him the most.

Here's Joe Biden, laying the predicate:

Today a grieving Barack Obama, wracked by pangs of imminent loss, who through his surrogates and the media will demand that McCain ease up on attacks during a crucial three or four days a week and a half out from an election, declared:

"John McCain isn't fighting for Joe the Plumber! John McCain is fighting for Joe the Hedge Fund Manager! Joe the CEO! He's in cahoots with him!"

He didn't attack John McCain for personal political reasons, mind you. He did it to give his grandmother a much-needed morale boost. Studies have proven that the sick respond well to populist attacks on Republican candidates. It gives them the fight to pull through.

Studies. Have shown.

And today on Ellen, an obviously distraught Barack Obama heroicially picked up the pieces of his life to... dance. To dance a dance of life, and love, and family.

For his grandmother. Who, by the way, must not be troubled by John McCain's attacks on Obama's tax and spend plans throughout her sickness.

Have no doubts: Obama's surrogates and the media (but I repeat myself) will insist that McCain stop campaigning for three or four critical days a week and a half out from an election.

I feel bad about his grandmother. I will not however allow him to pull a Johnny Fairplay to grab immunity in a presidential election.

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posted by Ace at 03:38 PM

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