Dave Letterman rips McCain a new one on his cancelled appearance, “To suspend his campaign in order to save the economy”…further proof of yet another gimmick concealed as a “leadership / Country First” move…
Dana’s Top 3 Reasons Why McCain “suspended his campaign”
Sliding polls (and not the stripper kind): By ‘suspending’ his campaign, it means less news coverage of him during a cycle that is all about the economy, of which he admits he is not an expert and undoubtedly is followed with examples of his 27 year record of deregulation of the financial industry. It also tempers the inevitable mention of Rick Davis and Phil Graham (i.e. campaign manager and author of his economic plan) who lobbied for deregulation on behalf of the same financial institutions that we are considering bailing out with tax dollars. Not to mention that we are all “whiners” about the economy and it’s a “mental recession”. Basically if you are not on TV as much, people might stop conflating you with being part of the policies that lead to the economic crisis in the first place and therefore perhaps ‘stop the bleeding’ in the polls.
Money: McCain opted for public financing, therefore a few days without running ads (each campaign spends roughly 1 million a week) means he saves money for a few days. Obama is privately funding his campaign through individual donations, therefore a few days without fundraising hurts Obama financially.
Debates: McCain also suggested postponing the debate scheduled for this Friday. Although the topic is foreign policy, inevitably the economy will come up due to the current environment, an issue McCain would rather not discuss. His solution? Reschedule the debate for Oct 2…which coincidentally happens to be the date of the first VP debate…therefore postponing the VP debate to allow Palin to continue to study flash cards and prepare. There is even discussion that they may be trying to cancel the VP debates (thanks, in part to, Palin’s sub-par performances in the few interviews she has granted) and hiding behind the economic issues as to the reason we should not hear each candidates vision for what they will do to fix it, if they were to be elected President.
The point of the matter is that McCain was hoping to come out and look like a ‘leader’ on an issue of which is not considered his strength. Obama initiated the call in regard to a joint statement from the two of them (a leadership move) laying out their joint agreement as to what should be done considering the $700 billion dollar proposed bailout. McCain blindsided Obama by rushing to get in front of a camera (to look like he was first) and make a public statement ‘suspending his campaign and inviting Senator Obama’ to join him. You see the game here is to try to give the impression that if Obama doesn’t agree, the McCain campaign can use that to say ‘Obama does not care about the economy’. However, Obama responded by saying that the President of the United States needs to be able to do more then 1 thing at a time. Leaders in the Congress have stated that they prefer to not inject Presidential politics into the passage / blocking of the bill and will call on them if they feel that the other 97 Senator’s cannot come to an agreement (McCain, Obama, Biden being the 3 missing).
McCain had to “rush back to Warsh-ington so quickly to be a leader and fix the economy”…that he made sure to first interview with Katie Couric, speak at the Clinton Global Initiative…then head back to ‘Warsh-ington’ to deal with this urgent crisis…unlike that Obama guy.
Nobody took McCain’s bait and now the narrative is that, what is he going to do if there is another crisis if he becomes President? Suspend the Presidency in order to deal with one issue at a time? Another gimmick failed and was seen as the transparent gimmick that it was. The debate is still set to go on as scheduled and if McCain is so concerned about the economy, I propose changing the topic from foreign policy to the economy, letting the over 100 million Americans expected to watch Friday’s debate, to get a feel for (and perhaps confidence in) the vision and policies of one of the candidates that will become the President in less than 2 months.
Another idea, which I doubt the McCain camp will agree to, is to let Palin continue the campaign, holding press conferences and taking questions, while McCain deals with the bailout issue in Washington. She’s ‘ready to lead’…but not yet to answer any questions about what that leadership would be other than her learning McCain’s stances on the issues and not allowing us to know what her ‘independent’ (if not dissenting) opinion may be if McCain called on her for objective advice as VP.
John McCain: Vote for a candidate that can’t chew gum and walk at the same time…