Are you effing kidding me with this?!*
McCain has just announced that he will be suspending his campaign so he can pitch in with the financial crisis.
He also wants to put off Friday’s debate.
Both candidates have been marginal players; McCain, though, seems to have the potential to make himself a major one, and his move is a mark, most of all, that he doesn’t like the way this campaign is going.
But in terms of the timing of this move: The only thing that’s changed in the last 48 hours is the public polling.
Questions which come to mind: Does he also want to put off the election? Aren’t there 98 other senators who can go to work handling the financial crisis? Also, what would happen if Obama pulled the same trick?
Update from ABC News:
Obama supporter and chief debate negotiator Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., told MSNBC that “we can handle both,” when asked about his reaction to McCain’s call to postpone the first debate because of the administration’s bailout plan.
He believes they are making good progress on Capitol Hill on the bailout and his initial reaction is that the work on the Hill should not preclude the debate from taking place.
An Obama campaign official told ABC News the Democratic presidential candidate called McCain this morning to suggest a joint statement of principles.
McCain called back this afternoon and suggested returning to Washington.
Obama is willing to return to Washington “if it would be helpful.” But reiterated Obama intends to debate on Friday.
Update: more questions.
Maybe McCain’s need to be in Washington wouldn’t be so dire if he hadn’t missed more votes than any other senator? (64.1 percent, to be exact. To be fair: Obama has missed 45.9 percent.)
Is there any way this won’t be spun as something that’s “good for McCain?”
*I’m sorry. Maybe I’m overreacting?