What Fresh Hell Is This?

September 24, 2008

McCain Calls A Timeout

Some analysis from Joe Klein:

McCain suspends his campaign because of financial crisis? Oh please. Given today's poll numbers--even Fox has him dropping--it seems another Hail Mary (like the feckless selection of Palin) to try make McCain seem a statesman, which is difficult given the puerile tenor of his campaign's message operation.

Perhaps, if he's really interested in this financial stuff, McCain should propose that he and Obama change the topic from foreign policy to economics this Friday night--they could even stage the debate in Washington, so they wouldn't have to stray far from the bailout negotiations. I'm sure their fellow members of the Senate won't mind if McCain and Obama spend a few hours enlightening the public on this crucial subject.

But didn't McCain say that the economy was "fundamentally sound" only 9 days ago?

Yea, he's the guy for the job.


Mike said...

McCain is just throwing crap against the wall and hoping something will stick.

I think the real issue is that McCain has realized he is unprepared for the debate and will be crushed.

I am impressed with the coolness Obama has shown through this whole thing.

Clyde Wynant said...

McCain tried for a "bold political move," but Obama trumped him immediately and ended up looking like more of a statesman. Duh? No kidding!

I will give the McCain camp credit for trying. They don't have much to run on right now (here's a YouTube video which nicely sums up John's economic bona fides http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvD912Wa_8g ) so they went for the biggy. The "This is what leaders" do sort of thing, but Obama's response was so spot on that is took my breath away. From a purely political and tactical standpoint, I think Obama gets the win and McCain will now have to decide what the hell he's going to do on Friday night!

'Cause, In the end, it makes McCain look like the person he is; afraid to step up and debate Obama on the issues!


jaywillie said...

What would he do if he were President? Call a time-out every time a crisis or a situation emerged?

Why didn't he suspend it last week? He hasn't been a significant player in the negotiations, so, what's the deal?

This is a bullshit ploy by McCain to make himself look like a leader. Yeah, the Senator who has been more absent than any other this year suddenly needs to get back to DC.

Desperate. Pathetic. Unpresidential.

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John K. said...

John K: Now I have to get this straight. For 7 years all we heard was when there was a crisis Bush would usually be at his ranch or some other such place and you left wing kooks would criticize him. You wanted to know why he wasn't in DC working on the crisis. Now McCain does exactly that and you still criticize him? You folks don't really know what you want except another Govt handout.