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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

McCain's "Sky Is Falling" Move

In the face of plummeting poll numbers and after Barack Obama's phone call suggesting a joint statement on the economy, John McCain is going what Las Vegas gamblers call "all in" by announcing a suspension of his campaign, suggesting cancellation of Friday night's debate and rushing back to Washington what?

Obama says no, thanks to the charade. “It’s my belief," he told reporters today, "that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible for dealing with this mess. It is going to be part of the president’s job to deal with more than one thing at once.”

The Senate debate over the rescue bill is in good bipartisan hands with veterans Chris Dodd, Richard Shelby et al, so it's unclear what the presidential candidates could add by their presence, except that which is definitely not needed--partisan posturing for political gain.

When the time comes for a Senate vote, McCain, Obama and Joe Biden will certainly be there but meanwhile the Republican nominee is showing, not presidential command (George W. Bush will playact that on TV tonight) but the desperation of a candidate who is tied to the eight-year failure of leadership that led to this mess.

That subject is better addressed to voters out on the stump than in the one place in America that calls for serious leadership now without Karl Rovian politicking on the part of the next occupant of the White House.

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