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Friday, September 26, 2008

Nice job, you wanker.

Many of you may be aware that John McCain recently, dramatically, suspended his campaign and pulled out of his debate with Obama so he could rush to Washington and save us all from economic meltdown. Now, I'm not going to weigh in on whether the bailout is a good idea. It's not my arena of expertise and, let's face it, as a grad student I don't have a lot in the way of assets. Nonetheless, I think it's fair to ask, how did McCain's intervention go?

As it turns out, piss-poor:

But once the doors closed, the smooth-talking House Republican leader, John A. Boehner of Ohio, surprised many in the room by declaring that his caucus could not support the plan to allow the government to buy distressed mortgage assets from ailing financial companies.

Mr. Boehner pressed an alternative that involved a smaller role for the government, and Mr. McCain, whose support of the deal is critical if fellow Republicans are to sign on, declined to take a stand.

The talks broke up in angry recriminations, according to accounts provided by a participant and others who were briefed on the session, and were followed by dueling news conferences and interviews rife with partisan finger-pointing.

Friday morning, on CBS’s “The Early Show,” Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the lead Democratic negotiator, said the bailout had been derailed by internal Republican politics.

“I didn’t know I was going to be the referee for an internal G.O.P. ideological civil war,” Mr. Frank said, according to The A.P.Thursday, in the Roosevelt Room after the session, the Treasury secretary, Henry M. Paulson Jr., literally bent down on one knee as he pleaded with Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, not to “blow it up” by withdrawing her party’s support for the package over what Ms. Pelosi derided as a Republican betrayal.

“I didn’t know you were Catholic,” Ms. Pelosi said, a wry reference to Mr. Paulson’s kneeling, according to someone who observed the exchange. She went on: “It’s not me blowing this up, it’s the Republicans.”

Mr. Paulson sighed. “I know. I know.”


Yeah. A whole bunch of grandstanding nonsense so McCain could chicken out of his obligation to the country and fly to Washington where he proceeded to do exactly the opposite of what he had claimed he was going to do. And the New York Times aren't the only ones who say so. If this is the kind of leadership we can expect from John McCain... well... I think we'd be better off with a goat.

And just so you don't think I'm unfair and only point out stupid things Republicans do... here's Joe Biden making an ass of himself:



Okay, so maybe both Vice-Presidential candidates are semi-retarded. At least Biden seems to mostly have problems with history, as opposed to current events. That's gotta count for something.

For the love of all that's good and pure, people, would you please just vote Obama?

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