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33 Days Out - McCain on Polls, Debate, Richness: "Life is Unfair"

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Jesse Lee is the Online Rapid Response Manager for the DNC, this is a daily update on the day's messaging.

[ORPHANS] It's the hard-knock life for us! It's the hard-knock life for us!
[ANNIE] 'Steada treated,
[ORPHANS] We get tricked!
[ANNIE] 'Steada kisses,
[ORPHANS] We get kicked!
[ALL] It's the hard-knock life!

Chin up, John McCain!

Boston Globe: "McCain: Life isn't fair... Republican John McCain -- making the rounds of the morning news shows as polls show him falling behind Democratic rival Barack Obama and his running mate losing the confidence of voters -- sounded either bitter or fatalistic. Asked why Obama has been rising as the Wall Street crisis has dominated attention, McCain said on Fox News Channel: 'Because life isn't fair.'"

It is unfair! Nobody gives him any credit for not taking credit and assigns him blame for not placing blame. Instead of kisses he gets kicks! Just look at how he put politics aside on his three interviews this morning!

Fox: "SEN. MCCAIN: Yeah, I not only did that, Gretchen, as you know, I suspended my campaign, came back to Washington, was very helpful in getting the House Republicans at the table - they had not been there - and worked very hard on that issue. Senator Obama phoned it in."

MSNBC: "SEN. MCCAIN: If you look at this, citizens for a sound economy and the national taxpayer's union, the citizens against government waste, I have been a hero to them because I have fought continuously, continuously against these. Senator Obama has never stood up to the leadership of his party on any issue, not a one, and I fought my leadership of my party and I have had success."

CNN: "SEN. MCCAIN: We'll get it passed. I came back and suspended my campaign and got the House into the negotiations at the table, which they had not been before. We were able to get a large increase in the number of Republicans who voted for it. We were able to make significant changes in the bill, which improved it rather dramatically. And I'm confident it will go through the House of Representatives. I'm proud of the work that I did, particularly engaging the House Republicans who had been completely shut out of any negotiations. It's now going to be a bipartisan and bicameral result. And Senator Obama said he would phone it in. That's the difference. I suspended my campaign and put my country first."

These people who make life so unfair wouldn't know Country First if McCain yelled it at them repeatedly in an "irritable, sarcastic" interview.

Also unfair? People won't lay off the lobbyists! Like John McCain told MSNBC this morning, "The corruption in Washington is not the lobbyist. It's the system that allows the lobbyist to take advantage of these back room deals..." So stop demagoguing! Just because McCain has 177 lobbyists with his campaign doesn't mean anything. And when McCain said two weeks ago that "...in a McCain-Palin administration, there will be no seat for these people at the policy-making table. They won't even get past the front gate at the White House," he wasn't knocking lobbyists, it's just that the back room is right near the front gate.

You know what's also not fair about life? When a debate moderator hasn't disclosed her long-public book plans with a patently in-the-tank-for-Obama book about race and politics in which the chapter about Obama hasn't even been written.

Boston Globe: "He also seemed more critical of debate moderator Gwen Ifill, who has come under criticism because she is writing a book featuring Obama. Asked whether it would work to Palin's advantage because Ifill will be under scrutiny for any bias, McCain answered, 'Frankly, I wish they had picked a moderator that isn't writing a book favorable to Barack Obama. Let's face it. But I have to have to have confidence that Gwen Ifill will handle this as the professional journalist that she is... Life isn't fair, as I mentioned earlier in the program,' said McCain, who is scheduled to hold a rally later today in Denver."

And as if life couldn't get any more unfair, while everybody else's economic fundamentals are strong, McCain's been having a little bit of a rough go. Yes, some say if you make a measly $5 million per year you're rich, and yes the McCains made $6.1 million in 2006, but a million dollars doesn't go as far as it used to. It's like tryin' to make a dollar out of 15 cents million dollars. Towards the tail end of his MSNBC debate, Joe Scarborough asked who he's betting on going to the World Series, and McCain made his guesses but did humbly admit "that shows you why I'm not a rich man."