Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Interesting News; Rick Davis, McCain Debates, Polls

There are slow news days, there are medium news days, and then there are days like today. Good luck digesting all of today's news. On a political front there are several stories that grabbed my attention.

Story 1: McCain campaign manager Rick Davis has been receiving checks from Freddie Mac monthly until at least last month.

Why this matters:

First, it reminds voters that the McCain campaign is run by lobbyists. Second, it shows just the kind of lobbying and ethics those closest to the McCain campaign are participating in read the following paragraph:

They said they did not recall Mr. Davis’s doing much substantive work for the company in return for the money, other than to speak to a political action committee of high-ranking employees in October 2006 on the approaching midterm Congressional elections. They said Mr. Davis’s firm, Davis Manafort, had been kept on the payroll because of his close ties to Mr. McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, who by 2006 was widely expected to run again for the White House.

Mr. Davis took a leave from Davis Manafort for the presidential campaign, but as an equity holder continues to benefit from its income. No one at Davis Manafort other than Mr. Davis was involved in efforts on Freddie Mac’s behalf, the people familiar with the arrangement said.

Third, the story contradicts the McCain campaign's statements on this issue. Lastly, it makes the McCain campaign look silly for trying to tie Obama and Frank Raines, the former CEO of Fannie Mae.

Story 2: The McCain campaign plans to suspend campaign and not debate if there is no solution to economic bail-out.

The McCain campaign has finally found a way to shore up its credentials. Reverse Psychology. So John McCain really wants to be president and will do anything to get there, how will convince voters to support him? Tell them "I don't really want to be president, I just want to fix the nation's problems." RIIIIIIIIIGHT. Similar to McCain's gimmick challenging Obama to go abroad, this situation is very much a lose-lose for Obama. If Obama accepts McCain's proposal it'll seem like McCain is a sensible leader. If Obama declines, then it looks like Obama is a partisan who has no desire to fix any problems and solely cares about campaigning.

This is particularly interesting in light of the fact that a new poll in Minnesota reports that 1/4 Minnesotans could be swayed by the debates.

Story 3: Barack Obama comes back in the polls.

On the heels of Jill's announcement about the Rasmussen poll that has Obama up nine in Minnesota, is an ABC-Washington Post poll that has Obama up 52-43 over McCain (also nine points). This is one of the first times a national poll has found Obama at over 50% support.

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