>> Thursday, October 16, 2008
This idea is about as likely as snow in summer but hey, mccain really is desperate. His final move is to throw bush completely and totally under the bus. Run against him and the GOP for the last 18 days and pray people take him seriously.
mccain was at his best last night when he was laying out his maverick cred. people used to really believe that and i think many would like to believe he can be that again. To do this he needs something big but believable and just trashing bush, his legacy etc, may be it. Of course Obama is going to hit him on his voting history and past support of bush but he is going to do that no matter what mccain does.
The biggest card in this is to prosecute both of them for war crimes and to close gitmo. vow ot get the bottom of the corruption and to name names. Obama has so far refused to do anything like this and the public would probably be on board. It might even give permission to the right to stop towing the defending bush line. they need permission to throw him under the bus and mccain can do it with threats of prosecution.
Separation from traditional conservative orthodoxy was always mccains best hope. that he let the schmidts of the world lead him down the old path of smear was the worst decision of his campaign. I dont claim he would win by just turning bush into a pinata and he might lose the base totally but he is going to lose now. doing what he is doing is not working and this was the only thing i could come up with that would resonate with the general public.