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John McCain Enters Full-Blown Panic Mode Over Bailout, Debate

mccain_New_York.jpgPoor John McCain. You could almost smell the burning wood as he's tried to think his way through the last couple of weeks.

Now he's in a full-blown panic.

Sen. John McCain said he will "suspend" his presidential campaign on Thursday and will return to Washington to focus on the unfolding economic crisis. In the meantime, he called for a delay in the presidential debate scheduled for Friday night in Mississippi.

Sen. McCain also called on his Democratic rival Barack Obama to join him back in the capital.

"It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the administration's proposal. I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time," the Arizona senator said in statement issued by the campaign. "Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington."

It could be the reason McCain is panicking is that he's afraid to debate this Friday. There he'd have to answer pointed questions about his lobbyists' connections to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

He also called on the Commission on Presidential Debates to delay Friday's debate, the first of three scheduled, and he asked President Bush to convene a meeting with congressional leadership, including both himself and Sen. Obama.

Or, perhaps McCain is just nervous about having to develop a position on the financial meltdown without knowing what Obama wants to do first.

"It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem," he said. "We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved."

The Arizona senator compared the situation to that facing the nation following the 2001 terrorist attacks, saying politics must be put aside for the moment.

There he goes again -- using the same kind of "over-the-top" comparison analogy that he used earlier this week:

So here's what [McCain] said on NBC's "Today" show this [Monday] morning, when discussing the turmoil roiling the nation's financial system: "We are in the most serious crisis since World War II."

The poor guy apparently can't multi-task, and is over whelmed by the workload. One day he's sure the "fundamentals of the economy are strong -- a few days later it's the worst crisis since World War II.

Emotional. Unstable. Senile. Panicked. Afraid. Unsure. Pick one, more, or all of the above.

Clearly John McCain is a man in crisis. We're fortunate that he was tested now...

Update: Mark Halperin, TIME:

[Obama] Reacts to McCain's proposal in Clearwater, Florida: "This is exactly the time the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible for dealing with this mess."

Adds he intends to continue campaigning and preparing for the debate.

"What I've told the leadership in Congress is that if I can be helpful then I am prepared to be anywhere, anytime. What I think is important is that we don't suddenly infuse Capitol Hill with presidential politics..."

Also takes a swipe at McCain, adding: "Presidents are going to have to deal with more than one thing at a time. It's not necessary for us to think that we can only do one thing and suspend everything else."

McCain aide Holtz-Eakin: "Sen. McCain will continue to work with both Sen. Obama and the commission on the scheduling of the debate."

Sen. Reid: Candidates' return to DC "would not be helpful at this time."

MSNBC: Debate commission says they're going ahead full speed with Friday's face-off.

The LA Times offers this:

The Commission on Presidential Debates said it planned to hold the debate on Friday despite McCain's request.

"The plans for this forum have been underway for more than a year and a half," the commission said. "The CPD's mission is to provide a forum in which the American public has an opportunity to hear the leading candidates for the president of the United States debate the critical issues facing the nation. We believe the public will be well-served by having all of the debates go forward as scheduled."

Update II: Survey USA performed a 1,000 person survey on postponing the debate. The results were 86% in favor of holding the debate, 10% in favor of postponing, and 4% unsure.

McCain has taken a big hit in the polls and has taken a beating in the news, with daily stories linking close McCain campaign staff to millions of dollars in lobbying fees from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. There's no question he's lying about the reasons behind his sudden desire to postpone the debate. He's just plain afraid of performing poorly and losing the election.

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Comments (12)

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

I say he's scared shitless, and totally panicked because he's insufficiently prepared for the debate.

"Reality" may lay somewhere between your position and mine, Chad - but I have absolutely no doubt that this is not all about John McCain doing what's right for the country.

John McCain thinks about his election first, and as the pick of Palin painfullly shows, he's willing to put the country behind getting his sorry ass elected.


Lee . . . Change your "John McCain" to Barack Obama and you've got it right.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

And wont it be a hoot if John McCain isn't "present" for the debate Friday night?


The more you think about this the more obvious it becomes that John McCain -- big bad John McCain -- is in a total panic about the debate.

Talk about a Hail Mary.

Tomorrow's evening news is going to show McCain wandering the halls of the Capitol and caucusing with Republicans. He isn't on the right committees to do anything substantive about this bill. He is going to look like a bigger fool than he did today.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

So you think John McCain will indeed chicken out and not show up at the debate?

What an amazing turn of events. The debate is at 8pm - McCain could leave Washington DC at 3pm on Friday and still have plenty of time to get to the debate....

...but you think he's just plain too scared to show up?

I doubt it. I think McCain would be a major fool to chicken out now. He may be panicked, but he's not stupid.


On the day McCain is nearly 10 points down in the polls, after nearly a week & 1/2 of this financial crisis, the "Maverick" -springs- into "action."

This is another win at any cost McCain stunt, just like his V.P. pick of Palin. His transparency is an insult and it shows just how stupid he and his team think the American People are.

First of all, he's not on the Banking Committee , and while he is the current head of the Republican Party, -he has staff that attend meetings and advise him. He's not needed and he's actually using this crisis to -Dominate a News Cycle & ditch out of debate his campaign feels will hurt him. A true scumbag move.

Also, do any of you Republicans care to revisit
the historical facts of McCain's "Maverick" Senate career? I doubt it.

First of all the dude who is anti-Earmarks -TOOK earmarks (pet project funds for his state).
The facts don' matter though, he'll stand up in front of a crowd and claim his hands are clean.
Another typical republican -repeat the lie- so many times it becomes the "truth" tactic* (* see Palin's Bridge to NoWhere ...oh and the weapons of mass destruction, uh- I mean operation freedom -Iraq War)

Also, McCains crooked fingers were all over passing the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act in 1999, which did away with depression era banking regulations and led us to the mess our financial system is in today.

That's Gramm as in former Senator Phil Gramm, the man who is McCain's -Chief- economic adviser and the man who designed McCain's "Economic Plan."

Have you heard his "plan"? Why bother, you already know it's the same tired old Republican/Bush party line -laissez faire, free market, trickle down B.S.

And, does -Anyone- who drinks the Republican Kool-Aid recall this country's last big banking scandal?

It was the -The U.S. Savings and Loan crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, and Senator John McCain was up to his turkey neck in it.

Senator John McCain was/is one of the "Keating 5." That's Charles Keating - a textbook moralizing republican phony who was once one of McCain's tightest supporters.

Please Everyone -particularly you Republicans who actually can form an objective opinion -

After 8 years of Republican Lies and their complete pillaging of this country -WAKE UP !

McCain will do anything to win this election as his pointless stunt today (and picking a hick pro-life unqualified running mate) proved.

The man only cares about -Being President- and
securing his (and his military families) legacy in the history books.

Furthermore, -I -and the majority of the American public - are so F'n sick of the Bush years and the untold damage (this batch of) Republicans have done to this country & this planet.

Let me be quite clear how I (and millions of others) feel about Republicans and their values...

& these thoughts for are penned particularly for those Republican Right Wing Evangelicals out there...

God help your head in the sand, hypocritical,
judgmental, moralizing, can't pick up a paper-lets get our world view from Fox News and the Republican Spin Echo Chamber Souls.

You "fine christians" -And- anyone who voted for Bush has the blood of a butchered economy, dead foreign civilians from an illegal war, and the lapsed -let's ignore science- catastrophe of this administration's environmental record- on their hands.

Vote Obama ...or god help us all.


Uh-bama isn't on the banking committee either, but he thinks he is.


I have no idea how he'll be able to debate without his binkie, er, teleprompter.


Chad, Tim, C2W:

Please exchange contact info and
get together for a Republican ...

Anti-science, anti-tolerance, oops-
can't bother to check the non-republican spin machine / lobby crap-cooked Drill -holes in my head- Baby Drill "facts"...

Circle Jerk.

Then, wipe yourself off. Adjust your lapel flag pin & bow your head in prayer-

Asking the Lord to
forgive the Liberals and Democrats for all the Havoc your cousin fuckin spawn has spun.

Damn the facts. You're Republicans !
Proud and Fucking Stupid Examples of the
Worst this country is possible of.

Take a Bow for the last 8 years - you intellectual Cro-Mag poster boys for Pro-Choice.

Then please proceed to the nearest Jiffy-Lube to get your breeding tubes tied. Your boys must swim no more.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

She's not qualified, Chad - and the fact that she's likable is simply not enough. Have you seen the Couric interview where Palin was asked about the McCain advisers' ties to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It's amazing. I'll dig up the clip and post it for you.

She counted for a few points in the polls. It was a purely political decision.

America deserves better, but John McCain put his election first - above his country.


You're an idiot.

Please write me back with a
quote from the Bible, some
pseudo science, or some meth-smoking
back woods Christian bullshit
to support your pinched oxygen
flow to the brain Republican

Better yet, tell us all again
why you voted for Bush the last
2 elections - that'll be some
comic verbal Diarrhea.

And I'm serious, go to Jiffy-Lube
for that Oil Change / Vasectomy
Special - that's the only "change"
I'm hoping for -from the toxic waste
the Republican Party has become for
this country.


"Bullshit. He's doing the job he gets paid for, he's a senator. At least he knows to show up and vote something besides "present"."

Oh Jesus, Chad, come on dude. Take a look at his attendance record in the senate over the last couple years.

This election is nothing less than the beginning of a new American Renaissance.

If McCain wants to flip out and cancel his appearance at the debate in Mississippi on Friday, by all means, shouldn't Sarah Palin and Joe Biden step in to carry it out? Or am I not clear on the role of Vice President of the United States?

Like Dave Letterman said tonight: "Send in your second-string quarterback" This woman has yet to answer a real question from a reporter let alone take a snap as President of the United States! Did you see how stupid she looked with Katie Couric?

Jesus, America, wake the fuck up. I know Obama is taking a pretty decent lead, but this shouldn't even be this close at all.


No respect for the military. No fucking respect for the military, huh Chad? I guess if by "respect for military" you mean starting more wars to keep soldiers in business, then, you're right, vote Bush/McCain/Palin.

If you mean electing draft dodgers like Bush/Cheney over guys like John Kerry, who actually served in Vietnam, then by all means Chad, "support the military".

If you mean "support the military" like kill every bill to expand benefits to war veterans, then yes, please vote Bush/McCain/Palin.

If you mean "support the military" like turn Walter Reed Medical Center into a shithole I wouldn't send my worst enemy's grandpa to, then please, by all means, vote Bush/McCain/Palin.

If you mean "support the military" by sending our troops to Iraq who end up scrounging landfills for scrap metal to armor their transport vehicles, then please, by all means, vote Bush/McCain/Palin.

40 days left, my friends


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