The Post’s Harold Meyerson paints an ugly and accurate picture of John McCain‘s latest stunt, which Rep. Barney Frank has called "the longest Hail Mary pass in the history of either football or Marys." Meyerson lays bare the motivation behind McCain’s misdirection:
What’s a Republican presidential nominee to do?
If you’re named John McCain,
the answer became apparent yesterday afternoon — make the solution to
the economic crisis all about you. Suspend your campaign. Pull out of
tomorrow’s debate — a trivial exercise merely allowing Americans to
judge the two candidates side by side. Change the terms of the nation’s
economic discussion from the course we should take, and the defects of
the laissez-faire model that got us here, to the indispensability of
John McCain, leader of leaders.
Mr. McCain — who sits on not a single committee relevant to the crisis — is putting his ambitions before the country’s welfare by engaging in yet another display of crass and cynical political theater.
Perhaps there’s a more sinister strategy behind McCain’s attempted stalling. By delaying the first debate, he’d force the rescheduling of the Palin-Biden faceoff — or run down the clock to the point where there’s no time left for it at all. Sure, the McCain camp says the Joe ‘n’ Sarah Show would still happen, but they’re mum on exactly when. My guess? November 5.
Shhh, did you hear that? It’s air leaking from the tires of the Straight Talk Express. . .