Thursday, September 25, 2008

Campaign Suspended?

I just heard about 5 minutes of CNN on a break room TV, and in that time I heard Wolf Blitzer again and again say that the McCain campaign had been suspended. But what does that mean?

Just this morning, in New York, John McCain was pretty straightforward about his perspective on the campaign: "I cannot carry on a campaign as though this dangerous situation had not occurred, or as though a solution were at hand, which it clearly is not. As of this morning I suspended my political campaign."

Yet his suspended campaign looks pretty much like his active campaign.

* McCain campaign offices in battleground states are open and operating, just like yesterday.
* McCain's television ads are on the air, just like yesterday.
* McCain media flacks are all over the news networks, just like yesterday.
* McCain's campaign staffers are working, just like yesterday.
* McCain's campaign website is up, soliciting contributions and promoting McCain's message, just like yesterday.
* For the big White House meeting today, Barack Obama was told not to bring any campaign aides, so he brought a legislative assistant from his Senate staff. John McCain was seen bringing a campaign advisor.

Nothing has actually changed at McCain Campaign HQ. Just one more bit of proof that McCain is no longer the honorable maverick he once claimed to be.

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