Are you kidding me? Why is it that whenever something happens, John McCain acts as though he were the one in charge? I think we're still working through the job interview part. First it was the border skirmish between Russia and Georgia. Then it was Hurricane Gustav. Now the man thinks he should be in charge of handling the financial crisis.
I don't know about anyone else; I can only speak for me. These ploys may work with the voters and they may not. But I find it deeply presumptuous and very, very cynical. It's almost desperate in a way, like a blind date who won't take the hint and leave. I just find myself getting creeped out.
If John McCain wants to take a leadership role in our current fiscal mess, fine. He can begin by asking a few questions. Like, if McCain really believes this crisis is so dire, why doesn't he suspend his campaign immediately and rush to Washington, D.C. now? Why wait until after the scheduled campaign stops? Did Bush lend him that copy of My Pet Goat?
Here's another one: why did McCain say the fundamentals of the US economy were sound only one week ago? Remember that line? He insisted everything was perfectly fine only days ago; now the whole world is coming apart.
Exactly what role does Phil Gramm play in his campaign? Does Gramm or McCain still think we are a nation of whiners? Does Gramm still think the economy is sound?
McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, was paid $15,000 a month by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The payments continued as recently as last month. What was this all about? Exactly what was Fannie and Freddie hoping to purchase with all that money? Is this why McCain insisted the economy was sound?
Oh, and just when will Sarah Palin be allowed to give an unscripted press conference? Why can't she answer a single question that wasn't approved and rehearsed? What is McCain so afraid of?
Whatever. This campaign has become a farce. It's even worse than Ross Perot. Let McCain do what he wants. If he wants to, ahem, "suspend" his campaign, let him. If he wants to skip the debates, let him. Let Obama debate on that stage against an empty podium. It would be a fitting end to these last eight years.