Republican John McCain has maneuvered himself into a political dead end and has five weeks to find his way out.And then what happened?
Last Wednesday, McCain suspended his presidential campaign to insert himself into a $700 billion effort to rescue America's crumbling financial structure. In so doing, he tied himself far more tightly to the bill than did his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama.
Then, as the bailout plan appeared ready for passage Monday in the House, McCain bragged that he was an action-oriented Teddy Roosevelt Republican who did not sit on the sidelines at a moment of crisis.The implication: that he played a critical role in building bipartisan support for the unprecedented bailout.
Within hours, however, the measure died in the House mainly at the hands of McCain's own Republicans.Poor John McCain. The formerly honorable Senator from Arizona just can't catch an even break. Even from his congressional colleagues.