Posted by WLS:
The Obama campaign is once again listening to political operatives who want him to “fight” McCain on every front, and who have seemingly now advised him to not agree to suspend the campaign through the weekend in order to return to DC to work with their colleagues in Congress on a bipartisan financial rescue package. Leaders in both parties have said that if any package is going to pass, the members of Congress are only going to find the political courage to vote for it if both Obama and McCain are onboard since one of the two is going to be responsible for making it work not just in theory, but in practice.
Here’s Obama’s justification in saying “no” to McCain’s offer:
“With respect to the debates, it’s my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear form the person who in 40 days will be responsible for dealing with this mess. . . . In my mind, actually it’s more important than ever that we present ourselves to the American people.”
I have a hard time imagining a more obvious example of being politically “tone deaf”. This coming from a guy who has spent more time campaigning for his next office than serving in the one to which he was elected to four years ago.
Rather than going to D.C. to put the nation’s financial markets at ease, Obama thinks voters really want to hear more canned responses from his stump speech, which both he and McCain are likely to spin into answers to any questions asked on Friday during the debate.
I suspect that the VAST majority of Americans – even those planning on watching the debate on Friday – will not be heartbroken if it is postponed into next week, if by doing so it means that CONGRESS WILL DO SOMETHING TO FIX THE MESS THEY CREATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Obama wants American to “hear from” him.
The perfect example of a hack politician not knowing when to shut up.
McCain can now start running another ad next week — empahsizing that he would rather lose an election then standby while Americans endure the risk of losing their pensions or retirement savings accounts as financial institutions fold-up due to a lack of liquidity created by the credit crisis.
McCain is currently holding the office of Senator from the State of Arizona, and the Senate has vital legislation now pending before it, and time is of the essence. So McCain is going to do his job.
Obama is going to skip it and go onto his next job interview.