Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Breaking - McCain suspends campaign

[Graphic via Fox]

McCain just announced he was suspending his campaign to return to DC and save Wall Street. He wants Obama to do the same, in "the spirit of bipartisanship." Oh, and he wants to cancel the debate on Friday. I'm sure this has nothing to do with the polling today that shows Obama taking a major lead with a majority of Americans saying they trust Obama more to handle the economy.

The campaign denies this is politically motivated.
McCain advisors say they will do all the debates but the schedule is up in the air. They also deny that there is a political calculation in this and say without action the country could slide into a Depression by Monday and added "we'll see 12 percent unemployment" if action is not completed.
Hmmm. That's what Bush and Paulson are saying too, but we've seen no evidence of that being true. It's also useful to note that McCain hasn't been seen on the Senate floor since March or April, but now, all of sudden, after dodging the question for days, only he can swoop into town and save the day? More likely he wants to save his lobbyist pal's livelihoods.

McCain says his advisors just convinced him we were in a crisis this hot minute and that's why he's calling on Obama to pull the plug on campaigning. I'm not buying that story and apparently, according to the CNN quick poll, neither is most of America. At the time of this posting 69% see it as a political stunt. He doesn't look like a leader on this, he looks panicked and scared of losing the race. And it gives creedence to something I read earlier that he tends to act on the advice of the last person he talked to, rather than weighing all the options and making a considered decision. Hardly what we need in a president.

The other possibility, that seems pretty credible is that he's just suffered some kind of neurological event. Look at the photo closely and check out the left side of his face. It's drooping, which would be consistent with a mini-stroke or a stress related palsy. I certainly hope that's not the case, but if it is, it just increases my genuine concern that he is not physically up to the task of the presidency. It certainly would help explain his sudden urge to cancel the debate.

Of course, the alternate explanation, that he's simply afraid of facing Obama in an unscripted format and willing to pull any grandstanding stunt to get out of it, and trying to break Obama's momentum by asking him to suspend his campaigning, isn't much better for him politically. Either way he ends up looking old, weak and foolish.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

My choice is that he's scared of Obama exposing him for what he is.

The Mighty Mouse to the rescue thing will please some of his supporters, but his image as being part of the collapse rather than being part of the solution is growing. I hear that calls to senators are running about 10:1 against the bailout so if McCranky is there cheerleading for it, it's going to hurt him with the public.

I certainly don't buy the Depression by Tuesday scenario. They tell you to be very afraid when a salesman tells you you have to act right now - and it's good advice.

You're right about his face though - he looks terrible.

7:18:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

His face does look bad! If you hadn't pointed this out, I would have guessed that he did this to give Sarah more practice.. he wants to hold the prez debate in St. Louis in place of the vp debate...
But I'm starting to buy the mini-stroke idea.

8:02:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Yeah he's scared Fogg. That campaign has panick writ large all over it.

Lisa! Welcome to my humble abode. I think it's partly designed to skew the timing of the debates as well. If you saw Katie Couric's interview, you would know why.

9:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Shanie said...

That is breaking after all... not that we could have seen this coming with McCain way of crying wolf and being a hero to "save Wall Street". I dont want him even dealing with that!

stick to bad mouthing Obama. cus McCain, you're still going down.

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3:13:00 AM  
Blogger (O)CT(O)PUS said...

Maybe Letterman had the best line:

"What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"

9:07:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey Shanie. Welcome to our blog. I'll be sure to check out yours.

Hey SC. I stayed up to watch Letterman. It was scathing. And I dozed off and when I woke up to turn off the teevee, there was another late night guy talking about how you don't suspend democracy. I think this stunt is going to backfire.

9:29:00 AM  

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