John McCain has reportedly made the decision not to attend Friday night’s presidential debate in Oxford, Mississippi unless a Congressional Wall Street bailout deal has been reached by sometime earlier in the day. What a transparent sidestepping fool. What a phoney-baloney drama queen.
McCain has been dropping in the polls and knows he’ll be at a rhetorical disadvantage with Obama so he’s playing the role of the dedicated, pure-of-heart public servant in order to give himself a temporary out. Plus he wants to postpone the debate until Thursday, 10.2, which would of course bump the Biden-Palin debate. More prep time for Sarah!
Here’s the story of what happened today as recounted by the HuffPost‘s Howard B. Edsall.
Excerpt: “Later in the day, Obama rejected McCain’s proposal to postpone the first debate. ‘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,’ Obama said. ‘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.’
McCain also bailed on Daivd Letterman, except that “in the middle of the taping Dave got word that McCain was, in fact just down the street being interviewed by Katie Couric. Dave even cut over to the live video of the interview, and said, ‘Hey Senator, can I give you a ride home?’
“Earlier in the show, Dave kept saying, ‘You don’t suspend your campaign. This doesn’t smell right. This isn’t the way a tested hero behaves.’ And he joked: ‘I think someone’s putting something in his metamucil.’
“‘He can’t run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sarah Palin. Where is she?”
“‘What are you going to do if you’re elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We’ve got a guy like that now!’
Letterman’s comments will air Wednesday evening.