Facing a torrent of bad polling, and defections from mainstream GOP stalwarts like George Will and Laura Bush, John McCain is now “selflessly” suspending his campaign to work on the economic crisis and wants to postpone the Friday night debate.
Are you kidding me? John McCain is needed in Washington for about a minute to say yea or nay and give the GOP it’s marching orders. This is beyond shameless. Deeply cynical.
Talk about exploiting the crisis for political gain. He makes this move to be able to reinforce his scurrilous charge that Obama puts his campaign before his country.
Not only that, but he takes this move after Obama contacted him (privately) to issue a joint statement on the crisis.
No honor. Desperate. Sickening.
P.S. Obama says the debate is on. And if you had any doubt about the political motives of this move, read this piece. They’re attacking Obama already. And, FYI, before you read the article, Obama made one of his biggest decisions to reject the war in Iraq against almost universal approval. He was right. That’s leadership.
P.P.S. Presidents can’t call time-out. This is the real world. McCain should drop out.
P.P.P.S. Maybe it was because this news was about to break? Though, frankly, I’m over it.
P.P.P.P.S. McCain still has time to speak before the Clinton Global Initiative on Thursday morning??? Clinton First???
P.P.P.P.P.S. (H/t TPM) Harry Reid’s statement:
I understand that the candidates are putting together a joint statement at Senator Obama’s suggestion. But it would not be helpful at this time to have them come back during these negotiations and risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation’s economy. If that changes, we will call upon them. We need leadership; not a campaign photo op.
P.P.P.P.P.P.S. Obama looked absolutely presidential and in command of the moment at his press conference. The debate is on. Here is very conservative National Review Online blogging the presser:
Obama sounds reasonable and less gimmicky than McCain. He says that there is no reason why we can’t do more than one thing at once. Obama says it is ‘more important than ever’ to have a debate. Obama says he called McCain this morning and announced that he wanted to do a no-politics-as-usual joint statement about addressing the market mess. He says that McCain wanted to insist on meeting with the president and congressional leaders too. Obama says Obama said: Let’s do the statement, go from there. Obama says he thought McCain was thinking about the joint statement, working on with staff, when McCain went on TV. So now Obama is on TV. Obama says he’s told Pelosi, Reid, and Paulson that ‘if I can be helpful, I am prepared to be [in dc] anytime’ but I don’t want to infuse presidential politics on the hill and goes on about how presidents need to be able to multitask. Obama may win this campaign moment yet. If McCain protests, he looks petty.