It's a sad commentary on the state of American electoral politics that when I heard that John McCain is suspending his campaign tomorrow to focus on the economic crisis - and that he wants to postpone Friday's scheduled debate - I just assumed it was a political stunt.
Sigh. As Politico points out, he's basically daring Obama to say no. Since McCain hasn't exactly shown himself to be adept at proposing solutions for the immediate and long-term economic issues facing the country, this makes him look like the leader.
But, wait, it gets better. Ben Smith reports that McCain has also asked Obama to suspend campaign advertising. (Good luck getting through on that link right now; all of Washington is clearly clicking it.)
Check out the analysis here, especially this commentary from a scholar at the very conservative American Enterprise Institute. Norquist thinks it's smart, which is enough for me to know that it probably is a stunt. Mickey Edwards puts it "somewhere on the stupidity scale between plain silly and numbingly desparate."
Is he broke? Does he want to look like he's the candidate who's putting America first?
MSNBC is reporting that Obama will call for the debate to go on.