John McCain needs to understand that half of this country (at least) is counting on him to actually begin campaigning to win – not to place or show. Unless he is Fred Thompson 2.0 – all show and no go – McCain needs to get serious.
“Bipartisanship” in the minds of Democrats and their media enablers simply means Republicans signing-up for what Democrats want to do. While being “Bipartisan” in this definition may be well-received in Obama’s Hyde Park, Pelosi’s San Francisco and the Upper East Side, it is not the kind of bipartisanship that will save this country from socialism that is no longer just “creeping” into the fabric of our national lives.
McCain understands that Liberals got us into this mess. If he doesn’t take the gloves off and tell the voters chapter and verse of Democrat responsibility for this mess – and the actions he attempted to prevent it – only to be thwarted by Dodd, Frank, Biden, Obama, et al., then McCain will ensure the election of Obama, a more-liberal Congress, and a worse mess down the road.
This means McCain is going to have to start playing serious hardball. While this may tarnish his image in his own mind, if he does not do this the country will – rightly – blame him for not educating the voters when he had the platform, the megaphone of an election campaign – and the power to change minds when it mattered.
McCain has often acted in a true bipartisan fashion – not the one in the rantings of the Media and DNC, but actually working towards a negotiated middle. While this is well and good and actually has resulted in progress in needed areas, he is not accomplishing this goal now.
One only can assume McCain is not playing hardball because he does not want to annoy the Independents and Undecideds and Center voters; that he wants to continue to play the intermediary and broker between all sides of an issue. While this is fine once in office, he cannot get to office with this game plan at this time.
The country is in a mess and to move forward McCain must ensure the country knows how we got here. If the voters are not made aware that the full responsibility for this mess is in the hands of liberal Democrats, then McCain is failing to educate the voters in such a way as to avoid a repeat down the road.
History will not be forgiving of that failure.