Here is what I did. I copied the text of Ace's call to arms like so:
If McCain Won't Do It, We WillThen I pasted it into the e-mail message body. I used the first sentence for the subject, and sent them to all the following e-mail addresses:
I've been told to stop grousing about McCain's self-defeating refusal to fight back on the main issue this election -- It's the economy, stupid! -- and do something constructive.
Well. That's not half bad advice. So here's a constructive post.
The insurrection has three elements:
1) Donate to 527s hitting this issue with TV ads in swing states.
2) Inform the RNC you want them to begin hitting this issue nonstop themselves, even at the expense of pro-McCain ads, and even against his wishes. I've got news for you: At this point, due to McCain's stubbornness, we face a very real chance of losing 50 House seats and even failing to hold on to forty Senate seats, resulting in a Democratic President with a Democratic filibuster-proof Senate. The RNC must hit the Democrats on this issue with every last dime they can raise.
3) Inform McCain that you have donated all money that may have gone to him to 527s willing to fight on this issue, and you'll donate your free time making calls on behalf of Congressional and Senatorial candidates rather than his ticket.
Will 2 or 3 work? Well, here's some bad news: the RNC is already considering abandoning McCain in favor of trying to save the Senate, and until McCain is comfortable addressing the only issue on voters' minds right now, maybe that's for the best.
Besides, any ad that blames Obama and the Democrats for the subprime disaster helps McCain, whether he understands economics enough to realize that or not.
As for three... doubtful. But maybe a concerted effort can convince him, just once, to listen to Republican voters on a crucial issue.
If I had to guess... John McCain has always been fairly well-off. The son of an admiral isn't hurting. I don't know if he understands that "honor" and "integrity" are noble virtues but not really a priority for voters who just lost half their 401ks, must now pony up $10,000 per household to bail out a financial sector they had nothing at all to do with harming, and are actually worried they might lose their homes or jobs in the near future.
McCain is now the one dealing in the airy-fairy realm of vague slogans, whereas Barack Obama is the one communicating to the country on specific issues that are paramount to them.
Socialism is making its case while capitalism remains silent, as if ashamed to even speak.
Of course Barack Oama is winning. 90% of success is just showing up, and capitalism isn't showing up. Because McCain is too timid to fix the blame on the socialistic risk-transfer the Fannie and Freddie subprime mortgages represented.
A great harm has been done to the nation. The country is angry. They are looking for people to blame -- and if John McCain is too meek or "honorable" to lay blame where it deserves to be laid, well then, they'll blame him. And the party he represents.
Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and yes, even Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, have no qualms whatsoever about blaming this crisis on McCain and his running mates George Bush and the GOP.
Why is McCain so reluctant to fire back?
Shake him out of his complacency.
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