I'd Rather Lose a Campaign Than Blah Blah Blah

To the horror of magazines sponsoring presidential debate events, John McCain announces that he's "suspending" his campaign (No ads? No fundraising?) until a bailout deal is reached.

Following September 11th, our national leaders came together at a time of crisis. We must show that kind of patriotism now. Americans across our country lament the fact that partisan divisions in Washington have prevented us from addressing our national challenges. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country.

It's supposed to be leadership and "putting country first," I suppose, although it's true: Nothing has changed in the last 48 hours except the possibility of Congress staying at work until Sunday and some bad polls for McCain. It's most assuredly a stunt, as John McCain and Barack Obama don't really matter right now, and McCain's action makes the bailout debate look even more (if such a thing is possible) like a world-historical crisis. Has a presidential debate ever been postponed 48 hours before it was supposed to start?

UPDATE: Could this be a too-clever-by-half screwing-over of Obama?

NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports that Obama campaign strategist Robert Gibbs said, Obama initiated contact at 8:30 this morning after discussing it on the flight to Tampa yesterday afternoon and again last night. They discussed a joint statement of shared principles on the bailout package -- to help move it along toward consensus on the Hill.

At 2:35 p.m., McCain called back and mentioned whether they should meet at the White House and delay the debate. Asked whether they should delay the debate, Gibbs said that this is a global financial crisis -- and there would be no better way to shed light this crisis than to debate it.  Gibbs says they have not decided whether or not it would be better to postpone the debate -- but want to talk to the sponsors (the debate commission) first.

If this is true, McCain is hoping that voters hear about him suspending his campaign for a few days and don't hear that he sprung the news on Obama. There's a grey area here, but you can argue that a true "country-firster" would have told his opponent what he was doing.

How this plays to Joe Dorito and Jane Six-Pack, I don't know. But this fetishization of bi-partisan political "action" is nonsense. Having a political or economic philosophy that would guide a candidate toward a decision on the bailout would be more reassuring than what McCain's offering: A crazy political curveball and a promise to pass whatever the senators who know what they're doing come up with.

Joe Lieberman is on my TV right now saying "the American people don't want words." I don't know: These debates are quadrennial events that most voters watch. They're not political fundraisers or set speeches, partisan events that distract people from important news. They are important news.

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  • BDB||

    "Has a presidential debate ever been postponed 48 hours before it was supposed to start?"

    No. This is weird.Either it's going to be brilliant or backfire spectacularly.

  • Bubba Zanetti||

    One thing can be said about McCain, he keeps you on your toes.

  • ||

    Any debate run by the CPD is a fraud anyway. Just like the subsidy to 700 billion dollar subsidy to Buffet, Goldman Sachs, GE and JP Morgan is a fraud. Outright theft.

  • ||

    This is really weird. Is he flying back to DC to work on the bailout? If not, then WTF is he doing?

    Unless he's going to start bigfooting around DC working on the bailout, this will come off as just trying to dodge the debate on Friday, and, what's the term, "backfire spectacularly".

  • Naga Sadow||

    I'm already forgetting the Republican candidate. What was his name again? I know he had a fox for running mate.

  • BDB||

    Well, if RC Dean thinks it's B.S. (he's a conservative IIRC), I'm going towards the latter outcome in my post.

  • ||

    It's not as though McCain, or Obama for that matter, are valued by their caucuses for their expertise on this stuff.

    "Gentlemen, I think we've got something workable, but just to make sure, let's run it by that guy who doesn't know much about economics and that 12-year-old kid who keeps making fun of him."

  • BDB||

    But the low info voter in the rustbelt might love it. I dunno.

  • shane in wva||

    This is excellent news!

    I have been pondering a run at the Whitehouse for years now...and since I am finally over 35, I can legally do it.

    Who's with me? I am currently looking for a running-mate, preferably one who loves this country and can't stand being told to "sit down and shut up" any longer.

    Since the libertarians have gotten off track (too much promoting McCain at Reason online's front page) and since Bob Barr is a libertarian and Ron Paul is a republican, I will start my own party... The American Party, and you can all join.

    What is McCain on anyway?

  • Zeb||

    Maybe they could get Barr to fill McCain's spot in the debate.

  • ||

    Unless he's going to start bigfooting around DC working on the bailout

    McCain is going to go yell at the Treasury guys. He will say things like:

    "It is now seven-oh-six. You have exactly eight hours and fifty-four minutes to think about why you're here."

    and

    "Don't mess with the bull young man, you'll get the horns."

    and

    "The next time I hafta come in here, I'm crackin' skulls!"

    and finally

    "Grab some wood, bub!"

  • ||

    Not a bad political move for a guy who is dumber than me on the economy. If Obama does't play along, he looks like an evil rat bastard only interested in winning the white house.

    Hellfire, it's even possible that McCain seriously wants to go back to congress to get this clusterfuck fixed.

  • ||

    I'd be impressed if McCain, for the duration of this dead zone, hung upside down from a wire suspended over the Mall.

  • Naga Sadow||

    Thanks a lot Epi! Now I got that damn theme song from The Breakfast Club stuck in my head!

  • Orange Line Special||

    Gabe says: Any debate run by the CPD is a fraud anyway.

    You know those extra-annoying Reason popups? They're there so that Reason can raise $10,000 so they can put on a debate like this.

    No, really. Reason has finally decided to "buck the Beltway" and take on the entrenched Orange Line interests.

    I'm not joking! Reason is going to "fight the power" and make sure that the American public finds out what's wrong with the candidates' policies before one of them is elected president.

    Now, stop laughing! Reason is so going to do this!

  • BDB||

    OLS, shut the fuck up.

  • The Dude||

    This is the most mavericky move in the history of maverickness! To say otherwise would be sexist...

  • ||

    Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country.



    Bullshit.

    Usually I make put some thought before making comments, but for some reason this didn't require any thinking to evaluate the honesty of McCain's statement.*

    I'll try to do better in the future.

    * He does get one bonus point for not mentioning that he was a POW.

  • Naga Sadow||

    LONEWACKO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *shakes fist in air*

  • Tom Walls||

    Talk about suspending habeas corpus!

    > I'd be impressed if McCain, for the duration of this dead zone, hung upside down from a wire suspended over the Mall.

  • ||

    McCain has been drowning everywhere he goes. Every time I see his old mug on the tube he puts his foot in his mouth. He stutters and can't finish a point or coherently answer a single damn question. He opens his mouth and comes off as a senile old man. The debate was going to be a disaster for him, and his campaign knew it.
    So they pulled this stunt.

  • duster||

    Following September 11th, our national leaders came together at a time of crisis. We must show that kind of patriotism now.

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

  • ||

    My friends, I'm suspending my campaign so I can dedicate my full time and attention to blaming Christopher Cox for this problem.

    Get 'im!

  • ||

    "You know those extra-annoying Reason popups?

    You mean the ones that guarantee I'll never drop a penny on Reason? They really do suck.

  • ||

    In the other Washington, Gov. Gregoire said "If we weren't tied to America, we would be doing just fine." That makes two possible secessions in the Pacific Northwest. Maybe Oregon's next!

  • BDB||

    JOE ARE YOU PANICKED YET!?!?!?!?!?! FEELING FLAT-FOOTED!?!?!?

    They're saying Obama is "panicked" and "flat footed"again, I haven't heard those two words for what seems like ages.

  • BDB||

    I'd totally live in a country made up of Oregon, Washington state, British Columbia, and Alaska.

  • Neu Mejican||

    The meat:

    I am calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself. It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem.

    We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved. I am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night's debate until we have taken action to address this crisis.

    I am confident that before the markets open on Monday we can achieve consensus on legislation that will stabilize our financial markets, protect taxpayers and homeowners, and earn the confidence of the American people. All we must do to achieve this is temporarily set politics aside, and I am committed to doing so.


    1) This "crisis" will not be "resolved" until well after November 4th. Is he suspending his campaign until after the elections? Or is he proposing delaying the election?

    2) If the crisis is really this big, I have no problem with the meeting that McCain is proposing. And Obama would be remiss in not attending such a meeting.

    3) However, the artificial deadline of Monday shows that McCain is more interested in a fast fix than a good fix, so his proposal indicates, again, that he lacks the judgment and leadership skills needed to lead the executive branch. If the problem is simple enough that they can put together the right package by Monday, then it probably isn't a big enough deal to warrant the meeting he is proposing.

    Yaddah Yaddah.

  • Fluffy||

    This actually is mavericky, since McCain is taking a hard line for an unpopular bailout that the voters hate.

    But it shows up McCain's collection of weaknesses, to wit:

    1. Impulsiveness to the point of eccentricity

    2. Willingness to jettison his bogus limited government credentials at the drop of the hat

    3. Tendency to view the political life of the nation as just a big John McCain Role Playing Game

    4. Insatiable hunger for going bipartisan at the worst possible times

    5. Hatred of capitalism

    6. Tendency to think the way through issues is simply bullying

    7. Habit of striking moral poses he isn't morally entitled to strike

    Did I miss any?

  • ||

    "McCain has been drowning everywhere he goes. Every time I see his old mug on the tube he puts his foot in his mouth. He stutters and can't finish a point or coherently answer a single damn question. He opens his mouth and comes off as a senile old man. The debate was going to be a disaster for him, and his campaign knew it.
    So they pulled this stunt."

    Guess you missewd the Saddleback interview.

  • Kolohe||

    As I posted on a previous thread:

    This is a ulterly transparrent move.

    Will it work?

    you betcha

  • Neu Mejican||

    BDB | September 24, 2008, 3:45pm | #
    I'd totally live in a country made up of Oregon, Washington state, British Columbia, and Alaska.


    The short name is Cascadia.

    http://zapatopi.net/cascadia/

  • Fluffy||

    1. Impulsiveness to the point of eccentricity

    I want to talk some more about this one.

    Consider the fact that, were I a candidate for President, not even I would engage in this kind of bizarre stunt.

    That means that John McCain is running a more demented campaign than some crazy guy who calls himself Fluffy and calls everybody a cunt would run.

    If you are nuttier than me, you really should consider suspending your campaign not for the bailout, but on account of insanity.

  • zoltan||

    You'd think he was Rudy Giuliani with that 9/11 name drop.

    Since the libertarians have gotten off track (too much promoting McCain at Reason online's front page)

    People are funny. Reason gets bashed for being Obama-lovers one minute and McCain-slobberers the next. Hilarious.

  • ||

    "Ahhhh, McCain is so sacrificial. I like him so much because he always appears to put his country first over his campaign," says the non-thinking overly-sentimental voter, who can't see that his decision was based on gaining more votes for his campaign.

    His ability to pander to squidgy emotionalists is incomparable. Elections should be about issues, not symbolic acts of lip service to supposed patriotism. The best way to get to the issues is by debating on a stage where what's communicated is somewhat controlled. McCain is not doing himself justice with this. This is the perfect time for a debate--before Congress makes a decision so that we can hear both candidates' opinions on the economy at a bit more depth compared to what we've seen and heard lately. I already see why McCain is postponing this debate: so he can say that Congress made a bipartisan decision, of which he was a part, and he'll say that Obama never reaches across the aisle. And McCain will say that he was oh-so-patriotic about it.

  • zoltan||

    Guess you missewd the Saddleback interview.

    It's pretty hard to look senile and stutter when your mouth is attached to Rick Warren's ass.

  • ||

    I'd totally live in a country made up of Oregon, Washington state, British Columbia, and Alaska.

    If we could just jettison all the indie-rock bands. Well, the ones I don't like. And their fans. Well, except the few that are my friends and only listen to that stuff because their girlfriends like it. And the people that moved here from California. Other than me.

  • ||

    If you are nuttier than me, you really should consider suspending your campaign not for the bailout, but on account of insanity

    MAVRICK, dude. MAVRICK.

  • BDB||

    "And the people that moved here from California. Other than me."

    Easy. Build a wall at the Oregon-California border.

  • ||

    I'd totally live in a country made up of Oregon, Washington state, British Columbia, and Alaska.



    Don't forget the northernmost California counties! Jeff-er-son! Jeff-er-son!...

  • Russ 2000||

    They could postpone it until December as far as 99% of the country is concerned.

  • ||

    Isn't a Maverick a really old car? I understand they were considered quite sporty in their day.

    BDB,

    No, my feet are fine, and I'm feeling pretty mellow, actually. I do suddenly find myself thinking that women are better-suited for domestic work, though. Does that work for you?

  • ||

    Sacramento probably isn't invited, huh? what If I move to grass valley?

  • BDB||

    "I do suddenly find myself thinking that women are better-suited for domestic work, though. "

    HA!

  • jtuf||

    If Obama shows up to the debate and McCain doesn't, Reason will have a virtual debate between Obama and Barr.

  • BDB||

    I wonder if this move will piss off the MSM?

    Or will they cream their collective pants and such a "mavericky" and "post-partisan" move?

  • ||

    Easy. Build a wall at the Oregon-California border.

    You mean like a virtual fence to keep them from making a mess of the place? That's so crazy it just might work... Or not.

  • Sambo||

    "They're saying Obama is "panicked" and "flat footed"again"

    Secret codes for "black"

    Panic, a given.

    Flat foot:

    "One such man is worth more to this Nation than every Negro that ever set his flat foot on this continent!"

    A Question of Character: Scientific Racism and the Genres of American Fiction, 1892-1912
    By Cathy Boeckmann
    Published by University of Alabama Press, 2000

    http://books.google.com/books?id=3pNbksrrM-8C&pg=PA81&lpg=PA81&dq=%22Flat+Foot%22+%22Racism&source=web&ots=GHKITIU-D6&sig=WtJ2CXR3xM1OdEiAXS_VT7nIM9w&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPA78,M1

  • ||

    People are funny. Reason gets bashed for being Obama-lovers one minute and McCain-slobberers the next. Hilarious.

    If you are a partisan, every criticism of the other side is just good journalism. Criticism directed at your own candidate is partisan bashing.

    I'd use childish rather than hilarious.

  • BDB||

    Dude, it's the Pacific Northwest. Of course the wall would be environmentally friendly.

    Sambo--

    You got a chip on your shoulder.

  • ||

    I'm a chess player. I've been playing at chess.com.

    I'm not really that great, though. Sometimes, I find myself in a match, and after a while, it become clear that I'm outclassed by my opponent. Maybe I don't even end up down a single pawn, but I'm just reacting to his moves and he's getting pieces out and controlling the board.

    And then, lo and behold, what is that? It's a move I can make with my queen that's gong to totally and completely change the game in my favor! Woo-hoo! I'm not in trouble; just wait until he gets a load of this! Check!

    You know what happens when I do that?

    I lose my queen.

  • BDB||

    McCain seems like he's already walking this back. Namely, that if the bill does get passed he will be there. Weird.

    Maybe he'll debate by video like he did with Bush in 2000?

  • Sambo||

    "Isn't a Maverick a really old car? I understand they were considered quite sporty in their day."

    Yup!

    http://www.maverick.to/pics/shaw_simpson_72_grabber.jpg

  • ||

    This is like calling "time-out" when you were a kid playing tag. Jesus, calling "time-out" is what 8 year old pussies do, Herr McCain.

  • zoltan||

    I'd use childish rather than hilarious.


    J Sub D, you just have to let go of your anger and see the absurdity of it all. Or be like me and go on crazy, John-esque tirades then bouncing back to tranquil serenity.

  • ||

    Why don't we just suspend the entire thing? All the debates, all the campaigning, all the coverage. Let's just sit quietly until election day and think about what's best for our country and the world.

    We could do worse.

    In fact, we almost certainly will.

  • Russ 2000||

    I wonder if this move will piss off the MSM?


    The networks are probably happy not to give up a night of advertising. Debates should be on Sunday morning TV.

  • ||

    Nice pick, Sambo. If that is your real name!

    That car is doing what Ford's do best: sitting completely still.

  • Sambo||

    "You got a chip on your shoulder."

    No, just a flake of sarcasm. d;

  • BDB||

    "That car is doing what Ford's do best: sitting completely still."

    You should add "with their engine overheated, again".

  • BDB||

    Sorry, hard to tell sarcasm in type.

  • ||

    With McCain's self-stated ignorance on economics, wouldn't the best thing for the country be for him to stay the fuck away from Washington and let people that know what they're doing fix it.

    Wait a minute, no one in Washington knows what they're doing.

    Point still stands.

    Besides, wouldn't the involvement of either Obama or McCain overly politicize any bill that comes out. It would probably be best for them to stand back and just vote.

  • Gay||

    "I lose my queen."

    That must make you very lonely.

  • ||

    Seems like if he was going to go "all in" on something to bet the whole campaign (and, poll-wise, that may not be such a bad strategy at this point), this is the wrong way to go.

    He should oppose this to the limits, throw in every free-market argument AND every populist/lefty argument (CEO salaries... Wall Street corruption... private profits, socialized losses) -- totally over top.

    His huge liability is, ya know, being from the same party as a President who, if I recall correctly, has an approval rating in the negative numbers, starting to leak into the imaginary range. This (was) his chance to gotcha Obama; no matter how many caveats Obama tried to put on it, in the end McCain could point to him supporting "the administration's failed plan, only larded up with 'super earmarks' for Democratic special interests -- the same, old Washington insider deal."

    Now his best chance is to actually accomplish something without Obama getting some credit, and I think both of those are unlikely.

    On the other hand, maybe he really believes what he's saying. Which further disqualifies him.

  • Sambo||

    "Sorry, hard to tell sarcasm in type."

    There should be a special font.

  • ||

    So many people just keep writing McCain off. All the way back to last year when his POTUS campaign was "over".

    Are you ever going to learn?

    Think out of the box, just a little anyway.

  • BDB||

    They've declared Obama "finished" about a dozen times, too.

  • ||

    Dood,

    Unless he skips the Clinton Global Warming gala, it's super easy to paint this as brazen politicizing.

  • Seitz||

    What you folks don't realize is that McCain knows how to fix this mess, just like he fixed all the problems between the Sunnis and the Shiites. He's going to get the economy and the failing institutions together in a room and tell them to cut the bullshit! Problem solved.

  • Sambo||

    "Nice pick, Sambo. If that is your real name!"

    It's a bastardized contraction of Samuel Beauregard. d;

  • Rep. Alcee Hastings||

    Rep. Alcee Hastings told an audience of Jewish Democrats Wednesday that they should be wary of Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin because "anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks."

    "If Sarah Palin isn't enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention," Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida said at a panel about the shared agenda of Jewish and African-American Democrats Wednesday. Hastings, who is African-American, was explaining what he intended to tell his Jewish constituents about the presidential race. "Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through," Hastings added as the room erupted in laughter and applause.

  • BDB||

    Now I know why McCain made such a desperate move.

    CNN Battleground Polls out today:

    Colorado: Obama 51, McCain 47
    Michigan: Obama 51, McCain 46
    Montana: McCain 54, Obama 43
    Pennsylvania: Obama 53, McCain 44
    West Virginia: McCain 50, Obama 46

    Being up in WV only as much as Obama is up in Michigan is a godawful number. for McCain.. No wonder he's making this gamble.

  • zoltan||

    There are people across the internet actually commending McCain for it and saying he's doing his job and that this is "leadership" blah blah blah. The Internet, while great, sometimes makes me lose any respect I have for the great unwashed masses.

  • great unwashed masses||

    zoltan

    perhaps we don't care for you, either

  • ||

    How arrogant of McCain - "I know that all the top minds in the field of economics and banking are working on this 24/7, but without my expertise they might just shit the bed. I'd better go down there and make sure they're thinking smartly."

    I'm imagining that future debates will be postponed until hunger, cancer, and the obesity epidemic are solved in tiger team lock-ups.

  • zoltan||

    You better care about this SuperSoaker full of liquid soap!

  • alan||

    Bubba Zanetti | September 24, 2008, 3:23pm | #
    One thing can be said about McCain, he keeps you on your toes.


    But I don't want to be on my toes for the next four years. If you apply Michelle Obama's pep talk to the troops from early spring, 'Obama will acquire you . . .' to the nation you have John Mccain. Every week some new brazen shit to stir the pot so the old bomb thrower (talkin' Senate career here) can seem relevant.

  • alan||

    Obama will acquire you

    Ha! 'Acquire', what a slip!

    and, Fluffy, your McCain list is a perfect summary.

  • Sambo||

    "One such man is worth more to this Nation than every Negro that ever set his flat foot on this continent!"

    To clarify, that quote was actually from "The Clansman" by Thomas F. Dixon, Jr., published in 1906. It wasn't written by Cathy Boeckmann. She just referenced it in her book (ibid.)

  • KT||

    "If Obama does't play along, he looks like an evil rat bastard only interested in winning the white house."

    Jeez, and here I was thinking that was the whole *point* of this election thingy to begin with!

    (I'll be right back, I have to go get some more crazy pills. This election has me going through about a bottle a day.)

  • ||

    Obama will acquire you?

    Are the campaigns volunteers really that highly leveraged?

  • BDB||

    I've figured out what happened.

    John McCain took political advice from Bob Shrum. He actually suggested this two days ago.

  • ||

    Whoa. Political advice from Bob Shrum? That's like starting a land war in Asia.

    Oh, wait, McCain did that, too.

  • ||

    McCain should suspend his campaign because he's too stupid to be President, not because he's scared Obama is going to expose him for the intellectually challenged individual he is.

    I'm not an Obama fan, but at least he is willing to go in front of the American people and discuss issues. McCain was a much better American when he was in a cage.

  • ||

    Think out of the box, just a little anyway.

    Oooh! That's clever phrasing. Can I borrow it?

  • ||

    McCain's move has just put the AGE ISSUE on the table, front and center. Gramps doesn't have two hours for a debate? Come on, who's anyone kidding? McCain is too old, frail, confused, and sick for a debate.

    The modern presidency is a tough job. It requires a lot of stamina. A president must be able to handle more than one problem, even more than one crisis, at a time. McCain can't do it, because he is too old.

    Obama should announce that he will show up to answer the moderators' questions, and that if McCain stays home, that he'll have his campaign send a plate of cookies, a glass of buttermilk, an electric blanket, and a sleeping bill.

    And a note suggesting that maybe it's time for Grandpa to bow out of this race. Sorry, John. No country for old men.

  • Roger Maltz||

    This move is going to bury Obama. Out friggin' standing in terms of intelligent political moves.

  • Mike Laursen||

    Obama's countermove should be to offer to have the scheduled debate, but move the venue to Washington, D.C.

  • ||

    Magic Dog,

    John McCain can't debate Barack Obama because of the injuries he suffered during his captivity.

    You, sir, are like a Hitler burrito, wrapped in a Mao fajita, with low-sodium Stalin sauce.

  • BDB||

    K KLO sez send in PALIN to debate Obama!

  • ||

    So McCain totally freaks out. Like he's been found guilty of some terrible crime. This is supposed to be smart politics why?

  • alan||

    Bravo McCain camp, sending Magic Dog in here to lower our expectations for McCain's performance. McCain taught Machiavelli a thing are two when he was hoping around Italy all those years ago.

  • Someone Who Doesn\'t Want to L||

    3. Tendency to view the political life of the nation as just a big John McCain Role Playing Game

    Better than the goddamned D&D 4th Edition. It's just a ploy for Wizards to squeeze us for more money.

    Wait, did I say that out loud?

  • Grant||

    This is what we would see from a McCain administration. More grandstanding, gamesmanship and bull crud non-solutions to the world's largest problems. I think the only idea he has that is worthwhile, is suspending his campaign now, since it's obvious that they've run out of ideas not named Palin.

  • JB||

    It's probably a ploy to get Obama to call McCain chicken and then McCain will say: "Son, I was off fighting wars before you even existed as a thought in yo mamma's head."

  • J. Person||

    John McCain skipped a David Letterman appearance to apparently "fly immediately to Washington." But he actually went to do an interview with Katie Couric. So where's the urgency again?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjkCrfylq-E

  • Anonny||

    I guess it depends on what your definition of "suspend" is.

    1) His ads were still running last night.

    2) Instead of going to Washington he went to NY and met with reporters like Couric.

    3) Today he continues to meet with reporters and is still going the the Clinton conference. I supposed he'll get to Washington later today.

    Will the press call him on this? Normally I'd say not, but at this point I think he's managed to piss off almost everyone except the fundamentalist Palin fans.

  • ||

    Bubba Zanetti says: "One thing csn be said of McCain, he keeps us on our toes." No, actually, he makes me watch my back.

  • ||

    Sarah Palin can go debate Obama if Obama insists on talking while Rome burns. It's appropriate for a VP candidate to standin for Presidential canidate.

  • ||

    The McCain Campaign: American Opera. Is this about his celebrity envy? Next he'll be going after the Big 10 as well as the SEC. It's unacceptable my friends that after 21/2 decades of being against regulation and already embroiled in one banking scandal, having thought up to last Monday the fundamentals of our economy were sound, with this new, out of nowhere realization that hey, the Mortgage problem in financial markets--better known as Bush's Ownership Society Ponzi Scheme--was causing problems that could escalate world wide, and after being completely awol on the subject all week with the Senate committee charged with hammering some solution across, John McCain drag himself to Oxford, Mississippi and show himself in a debate with his Presidential rival Barack Obama. Unacceptable: the oratorio of it. Can you imagine 4 years of this Drama Queen?

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    As an Obama supporter, I was hoping he would get out in front and do something LIKE McCain did (going to D.C. to be a senator at a time of crisis ... not cancelling the debate). When McCain got out in front, I thought there was no way Obama could win the issue. Either he's following McCain's lead or he doesn't care about his senatorial duties in a time of crisis. Just goes to show that Obama is smarter than I am. His response was balls-on perfect. I mean that dude is so cool, and his press conference was true leadership. He is smart, and he is thoughtful, and he is unflappable. And his substantive points were right on --

    (1) (the biggest and best reason) we don't need to be injecting presidential (partisan) politics into the delicate work being done,

    (2) he's giving input and getting updates constantly ... being in D.C. doesn't heighten that,

    (3) he can be there if needed and vote if needed, AND he can also have a debate that the American people want (presidents need to be able to multi-task), and

    (4) now is exactly the time the people need to hear from the two people who are vying to inherit this mess.

    In a matter of hours, I saw Obama take a situation which I thought could only be a loser for him and turn in into a home-run winner. McCain looks intellectually sophomoric right now.

    (And thanks, Pres W, for convening the meeting today -- making any substantive advantage from McCain's action moot. And thanks Dems in Congress for highlighting that neither one of the candidates are needed there at this moment. And thanks McCain campaign for once again showing that you do not have a VP candidate that can pick up the slack in one area while you address matters in another.)

    Just a great day, on top of a great couple weeks, for the Obama campaign.

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    It all about getting into the white house... all playing along so that the power is there to grab...blah blah blah

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    McCain is a man. Obama is a child. Solving this financial crisis is a job for a man. Screw all the "talk" and "debate" - let's see some ACTION.

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    I thought McCain was racing to Washington yesterday to save the world--if he was, he sure didn't take the non-stop route--CBS News last night and the Global Initive this morning. No time for debate--excuses, excuses!

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    These presidential "debates" are not debates. They are moderated joint appearances. Sometime this weekend, perhaps even Friday night, the Senate will likely be conducting a real debate on whatever bailout proposals come forth. That is where these two men belong.

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    John McCain is pretending to be so concerned about the Country and the economy; however, he does not give a hoot about the STATE of MS and its ECONOMY. More specifically, our state has spent a lot of money getting ready for this debate, not to mention the millions spent by the University.

    Both of these men have jets. As Obama said, they could be in MS within hours and also that a President should be able to multi-task. I think that this is a political ploy and McCain is sticking out like a sore thumb.

    Let's not forget his Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf stunt. He tried to make it to
    Grand Ma's house first. LOL!

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    McCain surrogates are still on television bashing Obama. McCain is not suspending his campaign. This is really, really lame. The guy is erratic and not stable. I don't want him running the country.

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    A few things about the Democratic messiah.

    Obama's first big decision, he picks Joe (Where am I) Biden instead of Clinton. How big of an ego does this jerk have. He may still win but with Hillary, it wouldn't even have been close and no one except for Alaskans would have ever heard of Palin.

    How can anyone question Palin's religion when Obama has been listening to The Right Reverend (God Damn America) Wright for 20 years?
    Obama said that his daughters "shouldn't have to pay for a "mistake" (Unwanted pregnancy). So he's O.K. if his daughters kill his grand kids. He's also for late term abortions, that's a euphemism for live birth abortions or killing babies out of the womb.

    Be careful what you wish for folks.

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    Just what America needs: Two more Ivy League educated lawyer douchebags in the Whitehouse. Come on people, can't you see what the Democratic party has become? That party is nothing but a collection of lawyers trying to ruin individual freedoms once step at a time. The believe in the total Socialisation of the American economy and workforce. And now the pin heads of the MoveOn.Org ilk are pushing the empty suit that is Obama on the rest of us like he's the next coming of the Messiah. All the democrats do is try to divide Americans: Rich vs Poor, Black vs White, Brown vs Black, Yellow vs Black, Gay vs Straight, Islamic Jihadist vs Loyal American. Barack "The Messiah
    " Obama won't even admitt that Al Queda is an evil organization, and yet is quick to point out that evil flourishes in Americas inner cities.

    Lets be honest for one second Libs, you have run education in this country since the late 50's, and what have you done? We spend more money then any other nation on earth per student and get results that are a crying shame. Almost every major city has an exclusively liberal city council and mayor and yet crime and violence continue to rise. Universities have become hotbeds of political intolerance towards conservative students.

    Todays Democrat party is nothing but a huge shill for Lawyers and Leches.

    PS: Want proof the current economic crisis was caused by democrat ideals? Notice how no one person is getting blamed? Why is that you may ask...because these programs were by and large the creation of democrats.

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