Andy McCarthy speaks for many of his right wing bretheren when he castigates John McCain for not calling Barack Obama out on being a terrorist sympathizer last night:

Memo to McCain Campaign:  Someone is either a terrorist sympathizer or he isn’t; someone is either disqualified as a terrorist sympathizer or he’s qualified for public office.  You helped portray Obama as a clealy qualified presidential candidate who would fight terrorists.

If that’s what the public thinks, good luck trying to win this thing.

With due respect, I think tonight was a disaster for our side.  I’m dumbfounded that no one else seems to think so.  Obama did everything he needed to do, McCain did nothing he needed to do.  What am I missing?

If you want to know what you’re missing, Andy, take a trip to FiveThirtyEight and see Nate Silver’s rundown on what is happening to McCain’s numbers in battleground states  in the wake of Sarah Palin’s unrelenting attacks on Obama’s patriotism — they’re sinking fast.  

It’s not working.

I hate to be all concern troll here, but when we on the left counseled the Democrats to ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK during the Bush Administration, it was because we knew George Bush was driving America over a cliff, and sooner or later everyone was going to catch on to that fact, so why not get out in front and look like a leader?

You, on the other hand, have a bullshit trumped up claim that nobody but extremists are ever going to care about when the Dow is plummeting, credit is unavailable, companies can’t make payroll, people’s retirement funds are rapidly shrinking and nobody can afford a gallon of gas.  Five years from now, nobody is going to look back and say "wow, President Obama did hand us over to the terrorists, sure wish I’d listened to Andy McCarthy."

After McCain’s ridiculous bid to suspend his campaign to come back to Washington DC to help with the bailout, which he voted for then railed against, nobody is going to listen to him on the most pressing issue of the day — the one that 60% of the people in the country say they are going to base their vote on.  He’s sidelined.  His only hope is that he doesn’t do something really stupid, like run around on national TV looking desperate and making claims that may well rally the Republican base but aren’t speaking to the independents he needs to win over. 

And then he has to hope that external events shift the national attention to something other than the economy, where people would trust John McCain to lead more than Barack Obama.

No wonder he’s singing "bomb bomb bomb Iran."

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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