Skip to comments.What if McCain knows what he's doing?
Posted on 10/07/2008 5:04:27 AM PDT by vietvet67
Sometimes, if I'm puzzled by someone's actions, I like to ask myself "if he's really smarter than I am, why would he be doing what he's doing?"
You can learn a lot that way. Unfortunately, the American Chattering Classes often operate on the opposite assumption: "if I don't see the point of this, that other guy must be an idiot."
As a case study, let's consider the McCain campaign in the month since my piece on McCain's apparent use of the OODA loop was published here in American Thinker. God knows it's been a rough month: after the rush of the Palin selection, we had a couple of disappointing experiences with major media interviews, and worse -- much worse -- we had the credit market freeze and the fight to get a rescue package working.
Of course, then we had the Vice Presidential debate, which certainly restored a certain amount of respect for Sarah Palin. (It must have: there has been another flood of Palin rumors.) But then we had some more inexplicable actions on the part of McCain's campaign: the announcement that they intended to get tough on Obama... real soon. The announcement that they were pulling out of Michigan ... or were they? The Michigan GOP didn't like it, and Sarah Palin said to send her and her husband. It became clear McCain didn't exactly have complete control of the moose-hunting governor.
Following shortly after that announcement, the New York Times published a piece on Obama's association with William Ayers, describing Obama's association with the "60's bomber". The article argued, not very successfully, that there wasn't much of a connection. (It was timed perfectly to appear shortly after the first hints of McCain using the topic.)
Then the Obama campaign started to talk about the Keating Five, a topic that Obama had previously suggested wasn't very interesting.
The Palin rumor mill pumped up a visiting Kenyan preacher who apparently was a "witch hunter" in his village in Africa. This preacher, in a single visit to Palin's church three years ago, prayed for God's blessing and protection on Palin.
What followed? Now Ayers was a topic in the mainstream press; when Sarah Palin attacked Obama on the association, she did so referring to the New York Times story. When the issue of Obama's connections to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac came up, it came up only after the Obama campaign had already brought up the Keating Five -- and, of course, it happened that just about then, another of the Keating Five was introducing Bruce Springsteen at an Obama fundraiser.
That would be ideal, because we very strongly want him to win, as opposed to the alternative.
I’m one of those people who thinks he’s crazy like a fox!
so this is the OODA loop guy, eh? I shall read this story with interest...
I have been wondering about the seeming ineptness of McCain on the campaign trail, and this piece gives me hope that maybe...just maybe...there is a plan!
Whatever his faults, Johnny Mac is not stupid and he has some smart people working for him.
McCain has been preparing his run for President for 8 years. He knows what he is doing and got the matchup he wanted.
And for the last month, the left wing 527 groups are out of the picture so it is McCain and Bambi, mano y mano.
Unless the media finds McCain in bed with a live boy or a dead girl, this election is over.
I sure hope you’re right.
Very interesting. Thanks for posting this.
Now that is truly encouraging!
> Sometimes, if I’m puzzled by someone’s actions, I like to ask myself “if he’s really smarter than I am, why would he be doing what he’s doing?”
McCain definitely knows what he is doing, better than anybody who is trying to second-guess him. He picked Palin (or at least agreed to have her) as his running mate, and that proves that he is alot smarter than most would have given him credit for.
You don’t get to be a dummy and fly fighter jets. Nor get elected Governor. GW Bush did both: McCain did both in Anger.
Everyone ought to settle down and remember that this is an Artificial Mexican Stand-off manufactured by the MSM and the pollsters. Why? There is no money in a landslide for the MSM or the Pollsters: as usual, it is all about money.
So, don’t blink, stick to your guns, and don’t throw up your hands anytime soon: the Dems are rightly afraid of Palin, and they are also afraid of McCain. With bloody good reason in both cases.
Mexican Stand-off, Lads. Settle down, stare them out until they blink and mess their pants.
LOL! You mean Mr. Romney?
If he wanted to slam the door shut on this election he should have voted “NO” on the bailout package.
There seems to be a fine head of hair at grass level amoungst those he stomped into the ground.
God, I hope so!
That’s quite a visual.
I'm very impressed.
What does OODA mean?
he was masterful in the Sarah roll out no doubt about it. and then they rope a doped the media again with the VP debate.
maybe they are keeping the Odinga thing under wraps for the last two weeks. who knows. i hate this time of the election cycle.
but i might as well enjoy it. if ohitler wins, he declare marshall law, institute the fairness doctrine, rig 2012 and then move the white house to France in 2016 and be president of the world. no far off if you just look into obama’s history.
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