By now, everyone has heard of John McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign, cease all advertisements and commercials, and halt his fundraising efforts until after the proposed $700 billion Wall Street bail-out bill is passed.
The McCain campaign clarified that in addition to suspending campaign events, it is also putting advertising and fundraising on hold.
To be sure, under public financing laws, McCain’s not exactly raising funds directly for his campaign; all donations go to his Campaign Compliance Fund, which helps him “defray legal and accounting costs,” the RNC, and the “Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania Republican Parties.”
Simply put, it’s a baldfaced lie to assert that McCain has ceased fundraising activities.
After all, if McCain is really suspending fundraising, then why is he still asking for contributions on his campaign website? Apparently, his wife was also raising money in Washington State today.
McCain’s campaign “suspension” appears to be nothing more than a media ploy.
A suspension, by definition, would require a temporary halt in all campaign activities. Synonyms for the word “suspension:”
—Synonyms 1–3. intermission, interruption, discontinuance, cessation, abeyance, hiatus.
Otherwise, he’s simply changing his schedule, and with all the earned media attention he received as a result of this ploy, why would he need to advertise? It’s been wall-to-wall McCain campaign coverage all day long. Seriously.
Let’s not allow ourselves to be fooled: McCain hasn’t voted in the Senate since April. Today’s Washington Post/ ABC poll shows a nine point lead for Obama nationwide. And we now know the House is very close to a compromise bill- 98% complete. Here’s a draft of the summary of the compromise bill.
Frankly, the notion that this requires us to delay Friday’s Presidential debate is absurd, and now, more than ever, we need to hear a thorough discussion of the issues from the two men who would like to be our next President.