Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It's Called Multitasking, Senator

John McCain wants to postpone Friday's presidential debate so he can rush back to Washington to help solve the financial crisis, and implores Senator Obama to do the same.

Because we know that no solution will be reached as long as John McCain and Barack Obama spend a few hours in Mississippi telling the American people on national television what they'd do to fix this disaster, right? Even though Warren Buffet has poured a Gajillion dollars into Goldman on the belief that negotiations on the Dodd version of the bill were going well. Even though the major resistance in Congress is coming from members who won't vote for the Paulson Bernanke Corporate Welfare proposal supported by the President. What's McCain going to do to move things along? What do his colleagues in Congress need of his personal, physical presence in the room?

McCain says it's about putting politics aside for "country." I'm more in agreement with Obama who said, "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. In my mind, it’s more important than ever that we present ourselves to the American people and describe where we want to take the country and where we want to take the economy.”

And here's my favorite part of Obama's statement: “It’s going to be part of the president’s job to be able to deal with more than one thing at once...Obviously if it turns out that we need to be in Washington, we’ve both got big planes, we’ve painted our slogan on the side of them. They can get us from Washington to Mississippi pretty quickly. Or, as David Letterman put it (after McCain cancelled his appearance on Letterman ostensibly to return to DC, only to be found doing a live interview down the street with Katie Couric), "He can't run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sarah Palin. Where is she?...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!"

The third best part of this whole stunt (and we all know it's a stunt) is that the Colorado McCain campaign sent the internal talking points to reporters by mistake. With the note, "Please do not proactively reach out to the media on this."

The second best part of this whole stunt (and we all know it's a stunt) is that the Obama campaign was the first to contact McCain: “At 8:30 this morning, Senator Obama called Senator McCain to ask him if he would join in issuing a joint statement outlining their shared principles and conditions for the Treasury proposal and urging Congress and the White House to act in a bipartisan manner to pass such a proposal. At 2:30 this afternoon, Senator McCain returned Senator Obama’s call and agreed to join him in issuing such a statement. The two campaigns are currently working together on the details.” Guess what McCain was doing between 8:30am and 2:30pm? Meeting with that former Hillary supporter, Lady de Rothschild, who can't stop calling Obama an elitist. Oh, and drafting a plan to announce that HE had invited OBAMA to "join" him...oh, and pussying out of the debate. Backstabbing AND stuntmaking all in one presidential package.

The BEST part about this whole stunt (and we all know it's a stunt) is that McCain proposes moving the Friday debate to October 2nd and scrapping that evening's planned debate between--you guessed it--Sarah Palin and Joe Biden.

LOVE IT! 3-2-1 until the diehards say that this is Classic John McCain, Putting Country First (dismal poll numbers having nothing at all to do with him avoiding a debate on the deregulation free-for-all he helped create). Apparently, according to this poll, the rest of America (86%) isn't that stupid and feels that the debates should go on as scheduled:

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