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.
Oh, gosh. I’d have studied if I knew it was going to be on the test!
Um ... Observe, Orient, Decide, Attack? It’s something to do with making decisions in combat.
McCain needs to keep the gloves off and stay the course despite anything the MSM says. The silent majority IS listening.
When was McCain a governor ?
I do remember when we used to say such things about GW and I don't see that so much anymore, but this article does seem to demonstrate a pattern of rational, deliberate strategy.
I like it.
We already have Marshall law, at least in some of our less populated areas. (Where I live, Deputy Sheriffs are the law ...)
“Martial law” is when the military is called out for domestic policing. Hard to believe our military would comply, though, in the absence of a total breakdown of law and order.
> When was McCain a governor ?
My mistake, I should have stopped typing at “Elected”. That’s what happens when you’re a touch-typist, sometimes your fingers work faster than your mind.
George W. was elected President twice. He’s not running for office now.
McCain should be using this Ayers quote from 1995:
“I am a radical, Leftist, small ‘c’ communist ... [Laughs] Maybe I’m the last communist who is willing to admit it. ... The ethics of Communism still appeal to me. I don’t like Lenin as much as the early Marx.”
You many need to increase your dosage.
> Martial law is when the military is called out for domestic policing. Hard to believe our military would comply, though, in the absence of a total breakdown of law and order.
As well, in America you have the mis-named “Posse Comitatus” law that prevents your Army from being used against domestic threats.
(”Posse Comitatus” is actually a principle from the Magna Carta that allows the Lord of the Manor to raise a posse from the countryside to help catch felons when-and-as-needed).
I don’t think there can be any doubt that Sarah is throwing the lead punches, Obama is taking the bait and McCain is taking up the topics once he sees the counter punch. Obama is once again off message and playing defense.
The question in my mind is whether the campaign is leading or following Sarah. IMO, the campaign is following her lead. I think Sarah is like Eskimo toilet paper. She’s rough, tough and is not going to take crap off of nothin’.
Our County Sheriffs can do this, although they usually have some pre-organized auxiliaries who can be called up if a manhunt or search-and-rescue is in order.
Yep voting for the $700 Billion....sorry $850 Billion pork bill and pulling out of Michigan. Brilliant moves. He’s not crazy as a Fox. He’s smart as a Bob Dole! If he doesn’t firmly pull he head out of his ass now, its over!
He’s been running for 12 years, not 8. MCain’s most effective campaign ads are the ones the 527s made. And he’s no Edwin Edwards. Obama has the cover of the media, not Mccain. They are trying to crucify McCain over a 20 year old non scandal right now. If he makes one or two gaffes they will drown out all common sense for the next month.
McCain is not a conservative, doesn’t understand economics and is not clever like a fox. His major attribute is that he is not Obama. According to most accounts he was dead set on picking Lieberman as his VP to fulfill his bipartisan fantisies.
That “Magna Carta” form of Posse Comitatus remains a part of New Zealand law, as we brought most of our laws from the UK when we became a country. It has not been repealed yet.
This means that, even though we have a national New Zealand Police force, *theoretically* any mayor should be able to establish his/her own policing capability — even a casual one — if he/she deems fit. Hasn’t been tested in court yet, but that is certainly how our laws seem to read.
So *theoretically* parking wardens might be called upon by the mayor to catch a murder suspect... or possibly even unwarranted citizens could do the same.
It’s an exciting concept that warrants further research. Which is precisely what I am doing, seeing how I lead a civilian volunteer organization in NZ that focuses on fighting crime.
This is one of the things I love about Freerepublic. I read someone's post, and a question comes to my mind. Before I post a reply I figure I'd better check to see if someone else already posted what I'm about to say. Invariably, they have.
I'm not sure if it shows that I am surrounded by those who are equally smart or equally stupid, but either way, it's nice to be surrounded by one's peers. :)
I still think the winner of this race with be the one who makes the fewest dumb mistakes. And then there’s the possible “Bradley effect” or “Wilder effect” that might be overstating Obama’s support.
But the notion that screw-ups and a hesitancy to make what seem like obvious moves in politics, the notion that it’s a part of some grand, multi-stage, CIA-like strategy that few if any can discern, well I think that’s mostly nonsense.
We heard about one grand strategy after another, understandable by only a few, that was being used by the Fred Thompson campaign. Turned out it was just a bad campaign, but some people tried to explain the baffling action, or inaction, as some grand and complex strategy.
LOL... that's original comparison, for sure...
Now his campaign is continuing the deconstruction of Obama that started with the Paris Hilton ad.
“You dont get to be a dummy and fly fighter jets. Nor get elected Governor. GW Bush did both: McCain did both in Anger.”
Nor make Navy Captain......
I would like to think that this is correct.
I assume we will know during and after the debate tonite. The poll #’s have been effective in scaring some people into thinking the race is over.
I would really like to think that McCain is Crazy like a Fox..becase previously it has been proven to be the case..
We will see tonite what the deal is.
Being up on the law is a good idea, if you’re going to be a crime-fighter.
His base is fickle that way.
History will be more kind than FR.
I misunderstood the point of your earlier post. I thought you were suggesting that it was erroneous to view President Bush as an effective candidate. People keep doing that, as if he didn’t win elections.
Observe, Orient, Decide, Act (OODA). COL John Boyd, USAF invented the OODA loop to describe the process by which a fighter pilot engages an enemy and to explain why a pilot with superior training in an inferior aircraft could reliably defeat a pilot with inferior training in a superior aircraft. The pilot with the tightest or shortest OODA loop wins because his superior decisions and faster actions place him and his aircraft at an increasing advantage over his opponent.
Since then, the OODA loop has proven itself in many facets of military operations and management.
More than a few veterans on Free Republic and elsewhere have observed that John McCain demonstrates a very tight OODA loop against Barrack Obama, who sometimes fails to close his OODA loop ("Call me if you need me.")
Agreed. But McCain is also a risk-taker with his own career and sometimes that pays off and sometimes it doesn’t.
But this is a situation where you have to pull out all the stops on third and long.
McCain is going to do great tonight; he’ll be totally in his element and Obama will be floundering around, Um...Ah...Hmmm...he’s PAINFUL to watch and listen to without a script.
Watch for McCain to land a few good punches tonight. He knows what’s on the line.