Friday, September 26, 2008


The Obama campaign, in a fresh display of the new kinda politics, is calling McCain's return to Washington/campaign suspension a "stunt."

So make no mistake: John McCain did not “suspend” his campaign. He just
turned a national crisis into an occasion to promote his campaign. It’s become
just another political stunt, aimed more at shoring up the Senator’s political
fortunes than the nation’s economy. And it does nothing to help advance this
critical legislation to protect the American people during this time of economic

Ben Smith reports at politico that McCain's suspended campaign still seems pretty active.
* McCain's "Straight Talk Air" landed at National Airport just after noon,
and McCain's motorcade sped toward the Senate. But by then, senior Democrats and
Republicans colleagues were already announcing that a deal in principle had been
reached. [WaPo,

McCain Campaign Surrogates Continue to Attack Obama On Television.* “In the
five hours after McCain’s speech, aides Nancy Pfotenhauer, Tucker Bounds, and
Mike Duhaime appeared on Fox News and MSNBC five times, frequently criticizing
Obama and Democrats.” [Think
Progress, 9/25/08

“Despite McCain's claim that he's put his campaign on hold, two of them
directly attacked Barack Obama in political terms on television this morning.”
] *

“Readers in Iowa and Wisconsin emailed to say that they saw seen McCain ads
on the air this morning, though he's said he's taking them down.” [Politico,

“Aside from the trip to Washington, the suspension seems not to take in
fundraising or surrogates attacking Obama on television, and the ads haven't
come down all that speedily. A reader reports seeing on in the Tampa area at
12:45 this afternoon.” [Politico,

McCain Campaign Offices Continue Normal Campaign Activity.* “The Huffington
Post called up 15 McCain-Palin and McCain Victory Committee headquarters in
various battleground states. Not one said that it was temporarily halting
operations because of the supposed "suspension" in the campaign. Several, in
fact, enthusiastically declared the continuation of their work. Others hadn't
even heard that the candidate for whom they were devoting their time had
officially stopped campaigning.” [Huffington
Post, 9/25/08

“So, I called as well, and was told specifically that "volunteer activities
are still ongoing" and that people are welcome/encouraged to come in and do so.”
Kaine, 9/25/08
] Governor Palin Held a Press Avail and Campaign Rally.

Those are just a few examples. Smith hypothesizes that poor communication in the McCain campaign is responsible rather than an intention to decive.

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