Today’s Scorecard Would Have To Show McCain Scoring A Decisive Decision With His Move To DC Yesterday Given The Way It Played Out.
Posted by WLS:
We’ve been debating here the wisdom of McCain “suspending” his campaign in order to return to DC to participate in the crafting of the rescue legislation.
While there is a lot of time left for this issue to play itself out in the political arena — and I do not believe McCain did this for political reasons — I think that today’s scorecard must reflect a significant “decision” in McCain’s favor.
First, while Obama was still waffling in public about returning to DC, McCain agreed to the issuing the “Joint Statement” that Obama had suggested earlier yesterday morning. A more useless waste of paper would be hard to imagine. Here’s what Obama’s idea produced:
“The American people are facing a moment of economic crisis. No matter how this began, we all have a responsibility to work through it and restore confidence in our economy. The jobs, savings, and prosperity of the American people are at stake.
“Now is a time to come together — Democrats and Republicans — in a spirit of cooperation for the sake of the American people. The plan that has been submitted to Congress by the Bush Administration is flawed, but the effort to protect the American economy must not fail.
“This is a time to rise above politics for the good of the country. We cannot risk an economic catastrophe. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country.”
As we know, Obama ultimately caved in to McCain’s suggestion that they each leave the campaign trail today and return to Washington to participate in the process. One of the two of them is going to have the responsbility for executing whatever policy is passed, and Obama’s “call me if you need me” response was simply inexplicable. Maybe he thought it was above his paygrade.
The fact that the Dems quickly began to understand that McCain was going to realize a big net win on this issue was reflected in Barney Frank and Harry Reid trying to throw cold water on McCain’s return, calling it a “photo-op” at the White House after the outlines of the deal looked like they were being reached this morning. Frank even falsely claimed a deal in principle was at hand, making the summit at the White House unnecessary.
But, after returning to DC today after first saying he would not, Obama has now decided to remain overnight in DC rather than return to Florida where he was preparing for tomorrow night’s debate. McCain continues to leave the status of the debate up in the air, while Obama continues to insist that it take place as planned.
McCain forced Obama to leave the campaign and follow him to DC where McCain appeared to be a player in the process and Obama appeared to be a spectator. Now Obama will remain in DC along with McCain, and its anybody’s guess who shows up tomorrow in Mississippi.
McCain can arrive at the last minute and claim the high ground, since Obama has followed him only reluctantly every step of the way. Obama would have been better served to have simply gone to Washington and postpone the debate as a show of bipartisanship. Now he simply looks like a “me too” guy, while complaining all the way along.