In the wake of several new polls showing Barack Obama’s lead widening inthe presidential race–which has been attributed to the public’s perception that he is the better candidate on the economy–John McCain has made a
He has requested that their foreign-policy themed debate, long scheduledfor this Friday, be postponed so that he and Senator Obama can reacha bipartisan solution to the ongoing economic crisis. Here is an excerptfrom McCain’s statement:
Last Friday, I laid out my proposal and I have sincediscussed my priorities and concerns with the bill the Administrationhas put forward. Senator Obama has expressed his priorities andconcerns. This morning, I met with a group of economic advisers to talkabout the proposal on the table and the steps that we should take goingforward. I have also spoken with members of Congress to hear theirperspective.
It has become clear that no consensus has developed tosupport the Administration’s proposal. I do not believe that the plan onthe table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out oftime.
Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return toWashington after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative. I havespoken to Senator Obama and informed him of my decision and have askedhim to join me.
Now, it’s unclear to me what "suspending" his campaign will actuallyentail. Will McCain pull down his widely rebuked and discredited ad campaign? Will he stop holding fundraisers until a bailout agreement is reached? Something about this feels, oh I don’t know,
McCain must have been thinking, "I have to do something! Somethingmaverick-y!" He has proven to be a master of short term solutions.Whether it’s the surge, drilling to solve the gas price crisis, firingthe SEC chairman or picking Sarah Palin–virtually every McCain decisionis based on short term goals and satisfaction.