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I'm in agreement with David Letterman. If John McCain needs to go back to Washington to hammer out some sort of bailout bill, why isn't Sarah Palin stepping in for him and doing his campaign appearances?

Yes, realistically we know why. Sarah Palin isn't qualified. Joe Biden certainly could do this as a stand in for Barack Obama.

So, I don't really know what John McCain's motive is for suspending the campaign. Perhaps he's willing to lose the election so that this bill can pass. Fine with me. The fact that there is no back-up, that he can't manage both at the same time (even at some lesser level for the campaign), tells me he shouldn't be president.

I suspect this will be the defining moment of the election. What happens in the next week as a result of the suspension will set the remaining course of his candidacy.

If he can be seen as the crucial negotiator/voter in the bailout, he wins. If he doesn't, Obama will eat his lunch. I don't think Reid and Pelosi will let him play that role. (It might be low, but it's politics.)

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evillinn From: evillinn Date: September 25th, 2008 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll be incredibly curious to see how this all plays out.
I haven't been listening to the news much today, but caught just the beginning glimpses of this. Seems like it has the potential to get really ugly.

I keep kind of thinking of the phrase that floated around the SeaGoth board - "Life is hard. Get a helmet." Part of your job doesn't cease to need attention because crisis crops up in another part of your job. Its dandy that a campaign can be put on the back burner, but I think it would be a much clearer picture of leadership and capability to see how someone actively deals with multiple major issues at once. You know...like a president does.

From: mundivagant Date: September 25th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
If he can be seen as the crucial negotiator/voter in the bailout, he wins.

This is exactly why I think he did it. It's a desperation maneuver; he's falling behind, and he needs to convince voters that he can handle the resounding #1 campaign issue better than Obama.
foote3 From: foote3 Date: September 25th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

There's a sucker born every minute.

There's a political cartoon in the NY Post today that shows a donkey and elephant dressed as firemen in front of a burning building with Lehman, Bear Sterns, AIG, etc. graffiti-ed on the wall. There's a bull falling from above called "Wall St." and as the elephant is holding his side of a trampoline/net called "Bail out" to catch him the donkey has turned his back on the net and the elephant and is looking back with disdain. (http://www.nypost.com/delonas/delonas.htm - not a permanent link)

So obviously the McCain ploy is playing to some people.
laurelfan From: laurelfan Date: September 25th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

the reveal!

Conveniently this is a reason to "postpone" the VP debate.
laurelfan From: laurelfan Date: September 30th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)

"suspend"

Simpler than I thought. He's saying he's suspending the campaign, but not actually not campaigning.
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