Robbery First: the shotgun approach.

McCain chooses the 'if you can't beat em join 'em' technique.

Out of the blue, McCain adopted the change mantra. Is he aware of which campaign he on? What happened to Country First? Or more appropriately, Team America: Fuck Yeah!

The gloating circus that was the Republican convention seemed to have worked. On the average, as of today, Sept. 7, 2008 McCain/Stalin is up 1 point. That's pretty impressive since Obama was up about 7 or 8 points before the "pit bull" gave her speech. What's more impressive is that people are buying it. Over the course of the GOP convention I kept shaking my head at the TV and eventually turned it off. Their whole strategy is based on people not thinking, and creating chants based on emotions. Doubly odd is the fact that McCain gave one of the weakest acceptance speeches in history. This is the time that the nominee is to lay out their platform for what they are going to do for the country and get down to it. What did we get from McCain? Ummm, he is a war hero? and...change Washington? I don't know if he is aware, but his party was the one had all the keys and power for the last 7+ years. Does this fact fall into the same portion of his brain that gets stumped by questions like "how many houses do you have?" *As a side note, he was recently asked if he thinks condoms help prevent spreading of the AIDS virus and his reply was: "Let me get back to you, You've stumped me." -Wow.

McCain's speech felt misplaced and out of step. Like one of those Uncle's you have to listen to out of respect go on and on about his war stories. No disrespect, but what is your plan for say, the Presidency? It seems he has replaced strategy with mystery, and again I'm amazed people don't see through it. But this is the country that put Bush in the White House twice.

Mystery #1) All summer long he has railed (and continues to rail) on Obama for his lack of experience. So who does he pick for his VP? The most inexperienced public official possible.

#2) "Change is coming to Washington." Is he pitching for Barack Obama? How is he going to defend that with the most conservative running mate and a voting record that aligns with 90% of the Bush administration?

#3) Grabbing Palin as VP to appeal to disenfranchised Hilary voters when she opposes almost everything Hilary does.

#4) Stating he is going to change Washington when he runs one of the most conventional conventions to date. It was chalk full of bad mouthing, smoke and mirrors to distract the audience from the glaring fact that right now America is in an AWFUL spot, thanks largely to their party.

#5) "We're going to restore honor and respect to the white house once more." Um... Does this sound familiar? It should because it is EXACTLY THE SAME as what W. stumped on in 2000. See what a bang up job he did of that? Notice that wasn't in his 2004 campaign.

#6) Saying his opponent is going to raise taxes while he is going to lower them. Maybe he's referring to an opponent other than Barack because Obama/Biden have made it abundantly clear that they will LOWER taxes (more than McCain) for people earning up $250,000. You can go to Fact Check for more.

#7) Repeated lies and slander. If you look on my blog for the fact check of Palin's/Rove's speech you'll find it chalk full of lies. It's enough to make you not want to vote...Or vote for Barack. It's one thing to stretch the truth, but this was blatant lies, here are couple more:

> He promised to increase use of "wind, tide [and] solar" energy, though his actual energy plan contains no new money for renewable energy. He has said elsewhere that renewable sources won’t produce as much as people think. He also has repeatedly VOTED AGAINST these very initiatives in congress.

> He called for "reducing government spending and getting rid of failed programs," but as in the past failed to cite a single program that he would eliminate or reduce.

Again, go to FactCheck.org to learn for yourself, plus many many more!

So I guess his strategy is to say anything he wants or feels like, and see what sticks. It's clear he doesn't have much of a leg to stand on when it comes to actual issues and policies, so the magic show continues. Hey, it worked for W.!

If you like what you see forward it to more people. I know the Republicans get a bounce after their circus has their show but I'm really hoping people will actually start to look behind the wizards curtain a bit more. I know we are a smart country, I also know we are in a mess and can't tell what the future will bring. Here's hoping for the best.

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