Today Joe was out stumping for John McCain, sharing his foreign policy expertise when he agreed with an audience member that an Obama presidency would result in the “death of Israel.” Say What?
How the hell did this happen?
Mind you that the appearance on the campaign was an officially McCain sanctioned event. Later came Joe’s admission on Fox News that he knew just about enough on foreign policy to be labeled “dangerous.” Yes ladies and gentlemen, the GOP’s strategy for winning the most important election of the last century has descended to this.
Early on, “Joe the plumber” as a symbol or metaphor probably seemed like a good idea. But who made the call that Joe was someone who belonged on the trail? Bad idea. When did the McCain camp decide that this guy was qualified to serve as a mouthpiece for their campaign? Combined with the last few days rumor mill that Palin and McCain advisors are ready to go to war, is it any surprise that McCain-Palins seems headed for a real ass-kicking a week from now?
How badly has he managed his campaign? Think about it people, he is running against a black man whose middle name is “Hussein.” That bad!!!!
There will be many postmortems in the weeks and months ahead about how and when exactly the McCain campaign collapsed. Personally, I still think it was his selection of Palin who is so wildly unqualified for the VP role, and increasingly became a drag on his campaign the more she spoke, that we no choice but to question his decision-making. The fact that she’s gone “rogue” (I love that!!!!) is just fantastic. Had it not been real life, with so much at stake, it would also be funny. Alas, the fact that her own handlers are so petrified of her going “off-script” also clearly says something pretty dramatic and telling about her readiness for the job.
On the upside, lost in all the hysteria of the last few months is the truly historic moment that seems to be looming. We stand on the cusp of electing and African-American to the presidency of the United States. Wow!
While I remain shocked that McCain has mismanaged his campaign so badly — and that will ultimately be his downfall — the truth is when it came to his own “story,” he never had a chance against the black guy. McCain’s old war hero status, which while noble and admirable also has a “been there, done that” sort of feel, and could never really hang with the juggernaut Obama myth, which caught fire during primary season when he battled off another dynamic story in Hillary Clinton and never let up. The recent images from this weekend of Obama’s massive crowds in Denver is a testament to the momentum with which he seems to be cresting as election day arrives. All signs point to “Go.”
As I write this, I have