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9.24.2008

hail mary

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.

4 Comments:

Blogger Alexis said...

see this link: http://www.wacotrib.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/communities/breakingnews/entries/2008/09/24/mccain_calls_for_joint_focus_w.html

think there is any truth to that? That Obama suggested that but didn't get an opportunity for them to jointly issue a statement b/c McCain co-opted?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 3:39:00 PM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

Kindof, but they were still working on the joint statement last I heard, and the news seems to be clear that it was Obama who initiated the whole thing.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 7:36:00 PM

 
Blogger Michael said...

As someone who is more likely to vote for McCain than Obama (though not by much) I saw this as a way for him to delay a debate on an issue he is clueless on.

My wife, who is much more like the rest of the population when it comes to measures of political sophistication, thought that he was doing it to show people he cared about them.

We will soon see what "the people" think about this strategery.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 10:08:00 PM

 
Blogger CharlieMac said...

Why would any candidate who claims to have a better idea on how to fix such a major problem want to delay a debate unless that subject is "off limits".

Subjects being off limits in a predidential debate is a whole 'nuther' problem. Debates between high school and college debating teams should have assigned subjects. Wouldn't it be a much better and more honest debate between political candidates if the only structure was time limits under strict control of the moderator?

I have found it impossible for me to watch TV debates between candidates seeking the most important political office in world because of their structured content. Far too repetative and dull.

I just wait for the pundits to tell me how "great" their favorite candidate was. (another 'nuther' problem) BWG
Charlie Mac

Thursday, September 25, 2008 7:48:00 AM

 

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