September 24, 2008

Wimping out on the presidential debate.

I see that John McCain wants to delay his first debate with Barack Obama so that he (the old wrinkly guy) can help deal with the economic crisis and proposed US $700 billion bailout.

Mind you, this announcement comes from someone who's repeatedly said that economics isn't his strong point, and who earlier this week claimed that the fundamentals of the US economy are sound. Given this, exactly what does McCain bring to the economic table? And what exactly has changed in the last day or so that makes McCain's presence in Washington oh so necessary? Hmmm?

This magpie thinks that the only thing that might be helped by delaying the presidential debate is the drop in McCain's poll numbers since the economy moved into the forefront of voters' minds.

Posted by Magpie at September 24, 2008 12:50 PM | Elections | Technorati links |

You know, Mag', I'm actually willing to give him this one. Both of the major candidates (and one of the running mates) are sitting Senators, and if (IF) that means that they need to do Senatorial work to deal with this mess, I'll accept that that takes priority above an over-scripted, under-useful, very un-debate-like "debate"[1].

Now, I'll take that back if what he winds up doing on Friday is campaign-related (which would include bashing the Dems on how ineptly he thinks they're handling things). But, at least for now, I'll say, "Yes, Senator, go be a Senator. Because that's as far as you get."

[1] I'm reminded of a line from the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" trilogy, in which the food machine on the Heart of Gold gives them something that is "almost, but not entirely, unlike tea."

Posted by: Barry Leiba at September 24, 2008 02:55 PM

McCain's strength is foreign policy. I don't understand it,but then I don't understand McCain.

Posted by: brian at September 24, 2008 07:12 PM

Time to accept a scripted Presidential "debate" yet again?
Brought to you by your "good friends" on Wall Street.

No USA Main Street Paul or Nader,
nor Cynthia McKinney...

Posted by: OPEN REAL DEBATES at September 24, 2008 07:44 PM

Whether the debate is scripted or not doesn't have anything to do with whether McCain is trying to save his electoral ass here. Every time the economy comes to the forefront as an issue, McCain's standing in the polls drops -- as I'm sure McCain & his handlers have noticed. If McCain were a member of the Senate finance committee and had a concrete role in hammering out the bailout legislation, I'd be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one. But he isn't. And, given that finance committee chair Chris Dodd says he hasn't heard anything from McCain on the current economic mess and bailout, I think the evidence that McCain will be doing any real work when he heads off to DC is nonexistent. Luckily for McCain, the prez is holding that meeting with the Republican & Democratic leadership and the two main presidential contenders tomorrow morning. If that photo op (you really don't think they'll do anything at the meeting, do you?) didn't exist, it would be painfully obvious that McCain is out of the loop on solving the nation's economic woes.

Posted by: Magpie at September 24, 2008 09:00 PM