McCain stays true
Sen. John McCain just announced he is suspending his campaign completely in order to stay in Washington until after the weekend. The Democrats are in an uproar. Obama says he won't agree to a debate postponement (he's going to be begging for a postponement after he gets kicked in the rear in his first outing). Harry Reid, who earlier said he needed McCain's help, now is begging McCain to go back to campaigning.
Ultimately, the democrats are just gnashing their teeth about the fact that they didn't think of it first. They can't follow suit without making McCain looking like the effective leader in this race. So now they will pull out all the stops and try to paint the decision as strictly political. It will be a hard sell and a huge gamble -- McCain has taken his ads off the air! McCain just owned the high road in front of the whole world and there's nothing Obama and ilk can do but throw a tantrum about it.
There's a brief list of talking points that are already out there:
"Can't McCain multitask?"
"Is he afraid of debating?" (that's a good one, considering Obama has avoided debates like the plague)
"Hasn't he heard of a telephone?"
But that's about it. Nothing of substance. Just Obama's insistence on continued campaigning. It's funny, that's all the country has seen him do since his 2004 campaign. It seems he started running for president as soon as he hit the senate. Does he know how to do anything else?
Fact is, there's a lot of debating to be done in Washington before the weekend runs out. Better not miss it Obama, or your party will be over for good!
Labels: Politics as usual