Yesterday, the Obama campaign went into full spin mode to blame John McCain for failing to get a bailout deal. Obama spokesman Bill Burton went on MSNBC and said,
I mean on Saturday night when the negotiators were all getting together, [McCain] wasn’t making phone calls and doing the work. He was actually out at one of the finest restaurants in Washington, D.C., on a double date with his wife. I think Joe Lieberman was there with their wives. I understand they had a great meal. It was a great restaurant. What we need to do is put the rubber to the road here. Get on the phone, get the leaders together, and get the votes that we need. And when his campaign said they brought the House Republicans to the table and had gotten the votes, they actually didn’t. Two-thirds of House Republicans voted against this today. That’s not the sort of leadership we need. We need somebody in the White House right now who can actually bring the people together to get things done.
In fact, the Republicans leaders in the House tell me that John McCain did spend Saturday making phone calls in support of the Paulson plan and was very helpful. This is in addition to McCain at the White House last Thursday making sure the House conservatives had their plan considered.
Regardless, the Obama and Democrat spin is, yet again, to blame John McCain, even after major media networks and newspapers like CNN and the Politico pointed out the "blame McCain" spin did not hold water last week.
John McCain spending his Saturday making phone calls to House Republicans, then going out for dinner, is in stark contrast to Barack Obama. Obama attended a political rally then headed off, in his own words, to take care of his dry cleaning.
“It’s just trickling down a little bit here. That’s O.K. I’m going to have to get my dry cleaning going too.”
Maybe had Obama been more engaged, the 95 Democrats in the House who voted against the plan would have passed it.
Republican sources tell me Obama spent Saturday night at the Mayflower Hotel, a luxury hotel in Washington. In between, he campaigned and took care of dry cleaning. A few pundits have noted that Barack Obama, during last week’s debate, referred to the American middle class as "they", instead of trying to identify with them by saying "we."
His lifestyle choices on the campaign trail show just how out of touch Barack Obama is with Main Street and middle class Americans. Likewise, though the campaign is spinning blame on John McCain, 95 Democrats voted against Barack Obama’s bailout position.
I guess that is heavy starch we can believe in.