Must Watch TV – McCain Blows Off Letterman

September 24, 2008 at 11:16 pm 2 comments

John McCain cancelled his appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman at the last minute tonight, claiming he needed to return to Washington “immediately” because of the current financial crisis.  The excuse was unbelievable and then proven false, when Letterman found him being interviewed with Katie Couric at a nearby studio. Dave then took the opportunity to rip McCain a new one.

Letterman lodges one of the most carefully conceived political attacks, supported by trenchant analysis of the core issues driving the insanity of McCain’s campaign, of ANY media outlet or pundit during the campaign so far.  It is nine minutes and eleven seconds of sheer brilliance.

Aside from myriad things to love about it, including the fact that it was leaked three hours prior to air time (by Letterman himself?), is the way Dave starts by stating how much respect he has for McCain, for his service and for what he gave to the country as a P.O.W.  Then, he absolutely shreds him on all key points. He undermines McCain’s decision-making, questions his integrity and his capability to lead, then points out that McCain couldn’t turn to Palin as second-in-command to even keep his campaign going, much less …… (the point is left unsaid, but is clear as a bell).

He shows how the one decision McCain made to blow off his show, lying to Dave in the process, is indicative of all the flaws of McCain’s campaign and potential presidency.

There is no personal attack here.  There is no undue focus on Palin.  This is about McCain and a bad decision.  A really minor decision in the scheme of things–and therefore, the implicit message is…what about the major ones?  Will McCain make the right decisions come crunch time?  Can he handle a crisis?  Can she, if he can’t?

Now, let’s hope a whole bunch of on-the-fencers and independents have tuned in.  And let’s hope all those with loud voices in the media, the Democratic campaign and elsewhere learn from this exactly how to launch an effective attack against your political opponent.

Watch.  Think.  And Vote Letterman for President.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Gwen  |  October 4, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    I love David Letterman. That is all.

  • 2. zennifer516  |  October 5, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Gwen! Along with SNL, he’s returned to his former glory during this election year, hasn’t he?


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