McCain’s Debate Ploy Backfires

If our politicians started dishing out what the American people deserve – a cold dose of what my mom used to call “tough love” when I was a snot-nosed teenager, we might be able to get our country back on track. But if they did that, we wouldn’t reelect these a**holes we call congressmen. And we all know getting them reelected is what is really important.

What happened to the Straight Talk?

By Chris Ingram

In politics, there are no good political ploys, only stupid political ploys. The good ones you never know even existed because they are good because you can’t tell it’s a ploy. The bad ones you know about because the stooge who did it ends up walking around with egg on his face.

Today, John McCain was wearing some eggs because yesterday he got stupid. The “suspension” of his campaign appears to have backfired. (And by the way, just what does suspending one’s campaign mean? Are they no longer answering the phones at McCain HQ? Did they shut down the website? Are the bumper stickers I asked for last week no longer being sent to me?) I expect McCain will show up at the debate in Mississippi on Friday. An hour and a half of cameras focusing on his empty podium while “Mr. Slickspeech” rambles on about “change” only some moron could believe in would make for bad press that even Katherine Harris could recognize.

But before I get to McCain, let’s set the record straight about who is chicken/not prepared to debate whom. Recall that last summer McCain asked the junior senator from Illinois to participate in 10 town hall meetings across the country. Obama declined. Probably because he realized it would be really hard to answer questions directly from citizens if he didn’t have a Teleprompter telling him what to say. So to my Democrat friends, I say, enough with this argument. Besides, there is plenty better to poke at McCain that is actually true.

It seems obvious McCain’s ploy was based on the assumption that he would appear to be “feeling the pain” of the American people if he suspended the campaign and rescheduled the debate. And while it is really easy to be in Congress and sit in a smoke-filled room in Washington, D.C. and make merry about what a bunch of feeble-minded nincompoops the American voters are with your fellow congressmen (The scene goes like this: “Hey Congressman Jones, can you believe these people keep reelecting us? I mean, we just keep sticking it to them and they just send us back!” Then Congressman Jones replies, “Yeah, they’re really dumb. All you have to do is send them a new road or park or two financed with debt their children will owe to China and they will love you – so long as you don’t tell them about the China part.”) voters are just sophisticated enough to see through McCain’s ridiculous maneuver.

Voters can be fooled by slick campaign ads Senator McCain, but rushing back to Washington to solve a problem in a day or two that has been brewing for years, well, even the zit-faced teenage bagboy at Safeway can see through that.

What’s worse is, all of a sudden Johnny thinks he and the Congress can do something to help. Wait a minute! Aren’t these the same bunch of pathetic, short-sighted, special interest protecting, twelve pork-sandwich eating scoundrels who created the problem in the first place?

I mean, do you trust Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Barak Obama, John McCain, or any other person with the designation “Member of Congress” after their name to do what’s right all of a sudden? I don’t. Any bill they pass will be loaded with the concerns and interests of special interests. And by that, I don’t mean your kids or grandkids – no matter how special of an interest they are to you.

No. Who (or what) is special to Washington politicians are things like commercial banks — not individual taxpayers who will get stuck with the bill. Congress will pass a bailout bill that will reward the banks and other financial institutions for their foolish greed which led to their making loans to tons of people who had no G**-damned business buying a house in the first place. And despite protests from a few, the CEOs of these banks will get their golden-parachutes despite having run these companies into the ground. And it looks now like a lot of American homeowners on the verge of foreclosure will also get undeserved help. I’m sorry; I just can’t muster up any sympathy for some fool who put zero down on a house with a variable interest rate loan who now has a payment he can’t afford. Just because some slick-faced banker offers you something doesn’t mean you take it. No more than you take a vial of crack from a street thug just because he offers it to you.

And where has McCain been for the last few years? This problem didn’t just creep up on us overnight. Seriously Johnny-boy, you’ve got some serious explaining to do as far as what you’ve been doing, and why now, all of a sudden with forty some-odd days from an election you suddenly feel the need to do something about to help fix the economy.

If our politicians started dishing out what the American people need (and deserve) – a cold dose of what my mom used to call “tough love” when I was a zit-faced, snot-nosed teenager working at the Safeway — we might be able to get our country back on track. This was once known as “straight talk.” But as dumb as they are, what the politicians know is, if they gave us straight talk, we voters probably wouldn’t reelect these a**holes we call congressmen. And we all know getting them reelected is what is really important.

To say the least I am very disappointed in John McCain. That said, I’ve been a supporter of his since the 2000 Primary Election, and I still intend to vote for him because Obama isn’t qualified to lead a Boy Scout Troop – much less our nation. But enough is enough with all the smoke and mirrors McCain! Your appeal has always been your straight talk. So get back to it and quit listening to Karl Rove and all the Bushies you have surrounded yourself with in your campaign. They’re part of the problem, not the solution.

Just be yourself and go back to giving American’s the dose of reality they need. That’s the straight talk express that will get you back on the road to the White House.

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at:

6 thoughts on “McCain’s Debate Ploy Backfires”

  1. Chris,
    Notwithstanding my disagreement with you about Obama’s qualifications, in this post you’re showing why are a cut above knee-jerk pundits who refuse to say anthing bad about their candidate. If McCain does something stupid you say it. You don’t hide behind rhetoric and come up with some ludicrous excuse for “Johnny’s” actions. I am tired of both Republican and Democratic talking heads acting as if their candidate has never, ever said or done anything inappropriate or false. We can support our candidates while realizing that they are in fact politicians who will water down and change their message whenever they think they can get more votes. They will then lie and say they never changed their message.
    Keep up the good work.


  2. The blatant corruption of our government and government officials is appalling. The GALL of these people to go on national television and plead for $700 Billion! And then they threaten us with losses of jobs and education and opportunities if we don’t give it to them?!? This waayyy surpasses the God complex seen in doctors!

    Don’t forget that we (the government taxpayers) approved these same greedy bastards $300 Billion in tax payer funds to help in the mortgage crisis a couple of months ago. That money hasn’t even been distributed yet, and they’re already asking for more! Does anyone believe that if we give them $700 Billion, with no strings attached, it will make everything better? That’s $2,333.00 (more) per person.

    The US is already $9,000,000,000,000,000.00 (9 TRILLION dollars) in debt. That debt is held almost entirely by other nations in the form of US Government BONDS. The estimated population of the United States is 304 million, so each citizen’s share of this debt is over $32,000.00. We just promised $1,000 per American for the mortgage crisis, and now they want us to take on another $2300 of debt so that their CEO’s can keep their $20 million bonuses! How much debt do you personally have? I NEED A BAILOUT, TOO!

    Why should my children, who are each already responsible for over $30,000 of bad government decisions, have to finance some else’s failed business venture? Aren’t we CAPITALISTS? Failure is part of the formula. Bad business decisions result in failure so that better managed businesses can rise to the top. It’s what made America great!

    The nation that we are most indebted to is CHINA, and our debt to the world continues to increase minute by minute. Know why? BECAUSE WE DON’T MAKE ANYTHING!!!

    Our satisfaction with the way things have been run for the last 50 years has resulted in us becoming a welfare state, like many African countries. The only difference is we have a much bigger appetite. The only way to keep up with our appetite is to keep borrowing money! Wonder how accurate that is? Take a look around you. Go to any Wal-Mart, K-Mart or Target and check where everything is made. Unless it’s made in the US, our money is going directly to someone else, and that’s usually China.

    They’re selling stuff to us, so what are we selling to them? Junk food and military equipment. If we’re only manufacturing and selling junk food and military equipment to other countries, and we’re spending all of the money that we make on new cars, big screen TV’s, Doritos, soda, and trinkets from China, is it any wonder that we’re on the verge of a DEPRESSION!?! What will happen when they won’t “loan” us any more money?

    But the wealthiest of Americans don’t care about our debts. Why? Because they’re RICH! They can live anywhere! They don’t care that YOU can’t afford rising gas or food prices. THEY can, and if things get too bad here, they’ll just live somewhere else… like Dubai.

    The problem with our government or current political system isn’t the Republicans or the Democrats. The problem is the Republicans AND the Democrats! We have a two party system that draws from the same pool of greedy bastards.

    When will the corporate and government greed stop, and when will pride in America be restored? When will the revolution begin?


  3. I know I sound like a broken record having referenced this quote in numerous articles, but as Einstein said, the definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.

    The American people/voters are merely getting what they ask for and deserve.

    Trouble is, our kids will have to pay for their short-sighted foolishness.


  4. Wall street needs to call the Consumer Credit Counseling Agency and get on a payment plan.

    Interesting article Chris- Americans need to spend as much time learning about their congressmen as time focused on Presidential elections.


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