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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Mc Palin: Quarterbacks Not Ready to Play?

John McCain is allegedly putting country first by suspending his campaign to go back to DC, after not making one vote since April 18. He also wants to postpone the debate tomorrow evening.

Here are the real reasons he's "putting country first".

From the Politico:

A McCain aide told Politico Wednesday night that the campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there's no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the vice presidential debate, currently scheduled for October 2 in St. Louis.

I don't think Palin is ready to debate Biden, especially as her interview with Katie Couric wasn't one of her better ones. She only knows how to respond to Fox News pundits, who throw her softballs.

McCain isn't ready either.

Obama was on target in his response:

“It’s my belief that this is exactly the time the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible with dealing with this mess," he told reporters in Florida, where he has been prepping for Friday's event. "What I think is important is that we don’t suddenly infuse Capitol Hill with presidential politics," he said.

He also took a real shot at McCain: "Presidents are going to have to deal with more than one thing at a time," Obama said. "It’s not necessary for us to think that we can do only one thing, and suspend everything else."

Meantime, Congress needs to work for us. Even the Wall Street Journal concurs with this opinion:

Last we checked, the President of the United States was still George W. Bush, the Secretary of the Treasury was still Henry Paulson, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve was still Ben Bernanke, and Congress still had 533 members not running for President who are at least nominally competent to debate and pass legislation.

So count us as mystified by Senator John McCain's decision yesterday to suspend his campaign and call for a postponement in Friday's first Presidential debate so that he and Barack Obama can work out a consensus bill to stabilize the financial system. This is supposed to be evidence of leadership?

And the WSJ editors agree (to a certain extent) with Obama too:

The behavior of both candidates has an air of running for political cover. Neither of them need master the subtleties of credit default swaps and mortgage-backed securities in time for their debates. But it would be reassuring to know that they are at least capable of holding, and sticking to, a coherent position on what is now the most important issue of the campaign. When one of them becomes President, he won't have the luxury of pressing the "pause" button at the next crisis.

McCain and his second string are panicking. Not good in the middle of a crisis nor good for their campaign.

Update: a milk carton in DC

(h/t Bob Geiger)

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  • The irony is that McCain was the one who criticized Obama for not being willing to do an endless series of town hall meetings together.

    I do have to credit the McCain campaign for coming up with more "out of the box" tactics than I've ever seen in a presidential election. If it didn't matter so much, it would be great theater.

    By Blogger Chancelucky, at 11:15 AM  

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    By Blogger benny06, at 5:26 PM  

  • McCain's temper tantrums are getting the best of him.

    By Blogger benny06, at 5:27 PM  

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