McCain doublecrosses Obama; leaving to manage Our Grand Socialist Experiment

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Early this morning, the campaigns of Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain were working together on a joint statement on Our Grand Socialist Experiment to make sure no wealthy banker is left behind. Then, surprisingly, McCain gave Obama the “big fuck you,” announced he was suspending his campaign to play wet-nurse to this legislative abomination and trying to get out of Friday’s debate.

Even more, it shows a real concern from Team McCain that they’re on the wrong side of the momentum in this race and don’t even want to get in the ring with the Democratic candidate, after whining about Obama not going along with the eleventy-kabillion town hall debates they wanted.

It’s also good politics – just because you’re down doesn’t mean you can’t put together an 85-yard drive to tie it up. The economy is perhaps McCain’s single worst issue, and his gaffes are becoming legendary. If he can make some tiny inroads there, it could make the difference to who is on the short side of a 52-48 finish.

There are also some drawbacks: he could look, as he does to Vierdsen, that he’s rolling the dice because he knows he’s losing, and voters don’t like losers. Also, the bailout deal isn’t a partisan thing, and a recent poll show that 55 percent of Americans are against it. It pisses off fiscal conservatives, who believe that in a free market, you can win big, but you can also lose big, and the taxpayers shouldn’t be saddled with bad business decisions. It makes few friends among liberals, too, because they don’t like seeing wealthy people bailed out while the government isn’t helping people who got home loans from those companies.

There’s also the debate thing, which, to put it abrasively, makes him look like a pussy. Obama, for his part, is not backing down and intends to be at Ole Miss for the debate. John thinks the best course for Obama is to be involved as much as possible with what goes down in DC, but not suspend his campaign and actually ratchet up the rhetoric. People are used to watching Democrats acting like beat dogs – if he runs hard and keeps it, yes, nasty, it will pay off for him.

Oh, and this is funny – Mike Huckabee, who the Club for Growth went after relentlessly, is knocking the bailout:

Frankly, I’m disappointed and disgusted with my own Republican party as I watch them attempt to strong-arm a bailout of some of America’s biggest corporations by asking the taxpayers to suck up the staggering results of the hubris, greed, and arrogance of those who sought to make a quick buck by throwing the dice. They lost, but want the rest of us to cover their bets so they won’t be effected in their lavish lifestyles as they figure out how to spend their tens of millions and in some cases, hundreds of millions in bonuses and compensation which was their reward for not only sinking their companies, but basically doing the same to the entire American economy.

It’s especially disconcerting to see the very people who pilloried me during the Presidential campaign for being a “populist” and not “understanding Wall Street” to now line up like thirsty dogs at the Washington, D. C. water dish, otherwise known as Congress, and plead for help. I thought these guys were the smartest people in America! I thought that taxpayers like you and I were similar to the people at the U. N. who have no translator speaking into their headset – that we just needed to trust those that I called the power bunch in the “Wall Street to Washington axis of power.”

The idea of a government bailout in which we’d entrust $700 billion to one man without Congressional oversight or accountability is absurd. My party or not, that is insanity and I believe unconstitutional.

The next few days should be a lot of fun.

McCain suspends campaign; debate pending [Politico]
A Children’s Treasury of Web Responses To McCain Pussying Out of Debate [Wonkette]


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