Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

John McCain: Travel-Agent-In-Chief

After reading about John McCain’s latest absurdity, suggesting Obama should travel to Latin America, it became clear to me that the man is not only running for Bush’s third term, but for the position of Travel-Agent-in-Chief. Indeed, he worries about Obama’s travel schedule so much I’m starting to wonder if he gets a commission.

First, in May, McCain’s camp suggested that:

…presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Democratic front-runner Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) should visit Iraq together ahead of the election.

When that was rejected, but news came out that Obama was considering an Iraq trip, we get:

[I was] glad to hear that Senator Obama is now, quote, ‘considering’ a trip to Iraq,” said McCain. “It’s long overdue. It’s been 871 days since he was there and I’m confident that when he goes he will then change his position on the conflict in Iraq because he will see the success that has been achieved on the ground.”

A couple days ago, we had the following in front of the La Raza conference:

“And while it is surely not my intention to become my opponent’s scheduler, I hope Senator Obama soon visits some of the other countries of the Americas for the first time.”

Wait, now it’s the Americas? He’s getting greedy!

And last but not least, there is this morning, during which McCain campaign chief Rick Davis hit Obama for going to Europe and NOT for campaigning in the heartland:

[Obama will be] “learning for the first time what the allies are all about in Europe.”

The only problem with this argument? Obama’s been criss-crossing this country (thanks to the primaries and now the general) at a much higher rate than McCain and has most likely been seeing by hundreds of thousands of more people. Oh, and anyone remember this from March?

The Senate office of John McCain announced Monday that the Republican nominee-in-waiting will travel overseas during the week of March 17 to Israel, Great Britain and France.

He is expected to meet with the prime ministers of Israel and Britain, and the president of France, and will be leading a Congressional delegation that includes Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-CT.

So John McCain went to France instead of campaigning in the heartland?

Listen, his obsession with Obama’s travel schedule may ostensibly be an effort to prove how experienced and well-traveled he is, but it’s becoming an element of self-satire. The real underlying reason is desperation, and I know I’m biased, but it’s coming across that way too.

Note to Obama camp, easy response for you:

We appreciate John McCain’s great concern with Barack Obama’s travel schedule, but we plan his trips based on what’s best for America and his campaign, not Senator McCain’s desire to become Travel-Agent-In-Chief. Perhaps John McCain should book travel to Czechoslovakia, a country he has referred to multiple times recently. That way he could see that Czechoslovakia hasn’t existed for 15 years.


July 15, 2008 - Posted by | foreign policy, Iraq, Uncategorized | , , ,

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