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House Republicans Get It — McCain Campaign Doesn’t by American Elephant

The dynamics of this election have changed. Democrats get it, Obama and Biden get it, I am relieved to see that House Republicans get it, even Bill O’Reilly gets it — but John McCain and his campaign managers are apparently in serious, campaign-ending denial.

A couple weeks back, the real change Americans were seeking was an end to the poisonous partisanship that has overflowed Washington DC and now affects their personal lives. People across America were (and still are) sick to death, not so much of the war, or Bush policies, but of the venomous, vitriolic politics that have affected their everyday lives and relationships. The bitterness that has defined American politics ever since Democrats saw setbacks in the Iraq war as political opportunity for themselves.

McCain’s message of bi-partisanship served him well in that campaign atmosphere, but because of the financial crisis, things have changed drastically and the McCain campaign still hasn’t caught up.

What McCain doesn’t get, and will cost him the election if he doesn’t wise up, immediately, is that fingers SHOULD be pointed. Names SHOULD be named. Americans are FURIOUS! — reaching for the pitchforks and torches furious — and rightfully so. They know this crisis was avoidable and they want to know who is responsible.  They want to fire those responsible.

Democrats have already circled the wagons, they are already busy telling Americans that its all the fault of Bush, McCain and Republicans. In the absence of the truth that it is Democrat policies and Democrat corruption that caused this crisis, Americans will be left with no alternative but to believe Democrats lies. The shift in the polls towards Obama show that’s exactly what is happening.

I was optimistic yesterday when I saw Ace of Spades had put into words, what I had been cautiously hoping:

…I know what he’s doing.

John McCain is waiting until the bill passes.

And then he will unleash the dogs of war.

And he will say, “I stayed away from making these partisan attacks, even though you lied ridiculously about me and your own attempts at ‘reform.’ I held back, because partisan attacks — even truthful ones — would harm our country and reduce the chances of getting a vital bill passed.

“Well, the bill is now passed. I put country first. You didn’t, and you lied on top of that. And now — only now that this crisis has been dealt with, to the extent we can — I’m going to give you a bit of straight-talk about Fannie, Freddie, my attempts to reform it, and your attempts to block reform on behalf of your big donors and friends in ACORN.”

But US News’ blog Capital Commerce reports today that McCain apparently intends to keep on keeping-on with the same strategy that has resulted in an increasingly large lead for Barack Obama.

Let me put it as plainly as I can: the financial crisis has become THE issue that will decide the election. Americans will decide who is responsible based on the information they are given, and they will punish them by voting them out of office. Right now they are blaming Bush, Republicans and John McCain. If McCain doesn’t work forcefully to change this, he will lose.

I strongly urge everyone to call or email the McCain campaign and tell them they absolutely must fight back hard against Democrat lies, and they absolutely must explain to Americans that it is Democrat policy that foced lenders to make risky loans to people who otherwise wouldn’t qualify, and Democrats running Fannie Mae who encouraged banks to increase the amount of these loans they made while giving themselves millions in bonuses for it and Democrats in congress who blocked President Bush, John McCain and Republicans’ attempts to reform Fannie and Freddie  over a dozen times while using Fannie and Freddie as their personal campaign piggy banks.

Please call and write. The election will be decided on this. The RNCC video is PERFECT. Exactly what McCain needs to be doing every day.

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