McCain in crisis?

Sen. John McCain announced today that in light of the current crisis (ie, his plummeting poll numbers), he has suspended his campaign for President of the United States… you know, except for the TV ads, the field operations, the media relations, the fundraising, and some campaign stops.

If things don’t turn around pretty soon, I’d personally be more concerned about the Republicans trying to suspend the actual election.


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    michael spews:

    Go Obama!

    Obama Rebuffs McCain on Debate Delay

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    Senator John McCain on Wednesday injected another surprise into his presidential campaign, announcing that he would suspend campaigning on Thursday and seek a delay in this week’s planned debate so that he could return to Washington to try to forge a consensus on a financial bailout package.

    Stagehands preparing the stage on Wednesday for the first presidential debate at the Unive

    Senator Obama, in Florida, responded to Senator McCain’s speech in New York.

    “I am calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Barack Obama and myself,” Mr. McCain said in New York on Wednesday afternoon. “It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem.”

    A short time later, Mr. Obama appeared at a hastily called news conference in Clearwater, Fla., and said he agreed “there are times for politics and there are times to rise above politics and do what’s right.” But he said he saw no need to cancel he debate, scheduled for Friday night at the University of Mississippi.

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    rhp6033 spews:

    Well, McCain got at least part of what he wanted. His face and name controlled the news cycle again. His new strategy is to try to portray Obama and the Democratic Congress as being unpatriotic for, well, winning an election. Good luck with that one.

    You kind of need a scorecard, but let’s try to keep the McCain campaign claims straight:

    (a) He’s a “maverick” who stands up to the oil firms and lobbyists in Wall Street (abandoned in light of actual facts).

    (b) The economy is “fundamentally sound” (proven wrong by amost a 1,000 point drop in the Dow within 48 hours of that statement).

    (c) It’s all the Democrat’s fault (desiminated by Rove operatives through talking points given to right-wing talk-show hosts and fox news, falsly claiming that Bush tried to reform the banking industry but was halted by Congress. This point is now abandoned in light of polls which show the public isn’t buying it, by a convincing margin).

    (d) We need to suspend the campaign and cancel the debate in order to focus on the economic plan.

    All positions taken within ten days from start to finish. Incredible.

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    ivan spews:

    War hero my ass. McCain’s a pussy, a kept man of his rich wife and his rich handlers.

    Real men don’t duck debates. Real men don’t suspend campaigns. He’s afraid of Obama and he’s afraid of Osama.

    No campaign? No problem. Obama can go to the Senate, tell the Bushies to shove their bailout up their asses, and show the nation some leadership instead of cheap theatrics.

    Maybe now Dino will postpone his debate with the Governor, “suspend” his campaign, and demand that she deal with the “deficit” OR ELSE!

    This election’s over, trolls. But thanks for playing.

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    YellowPup spews:

    When I heard this news I thought it was bizarre and that this would be a turning point in the campaign in favor of Obama. But could it be that the state of denial over McCain is too deep?

    The party faithful are circling the wagons, as they must. We’ll see what the general public thinks. Non-politically speaking, I don’t think postponing the debates could possibly make much actual difference. However, it will give Palin more time to practice being presidential and McCain more time to think up just what he could possibly say in response to questions about the economy.

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    Chuck spews:

    There you go, you see Qbamma is not in this for us but like the failed Carter regime in it for himself!

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    mark spews:

    Bush is so on to the bullshit from democrats
    that whatever he wants to accomplish he simply
    does the opposite. He’s for no bailout so he
    acts like he wants one and democrats always
    want the opposite so then he gets what he wants. Easy play.

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    Reformed republican spews:

    Gee Mark – what a brilliant analysis – I suppose Bush did NOT want to attack Iraq for no reason – so he lied about the WMDs to make democrats try and prevent the war – but oops, he went to war anyways (oh well).

    Oh, and Bush is so brilliant that he created the largest economic crisis since the great depression – just to see the democrats squirm.

    Yup – that Bush is one really smart guy to be able to alienate of 80% of Americans by doing the exact opposite of what he wants to do.

    Thanks for letting me on the “big” secret. Hushhhh, I won’t tell anyone else!

    I think the quality of trolls has gone down by at least an order of magnitude. Now we have trolls like Mark that make even Puddy seem absolutely brilliant by comparison.

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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    3. michael spews:
    “OMG, Katie Couric just ripped Sarah Palin to shreds on the national news.”

    I thought Katie Couric was a news reporter??
    Her dead last-place “news” show obviously needed some sort of boost.

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    Reformed republican spews:

    McCain is lurching all over the place – only a few days before all this hit he was busy saying the economy was fundamentally sound. Then he wanted to fire the SEC chairman. Then he wanted the bailout, then he had second thoughts. Now he wants to pretend to be a leader in the senate where he has missed 99 out of the last 100 votes. Yup, the POW has been MIA on the economy and in the senate.

    Yup, that McCain is one decisive leader. That is why he is scared to debate Obama. they were dropping so fast they had to do something bold – Palin only worked until people saw what a lightweight liar she was. Now he is gambling on being the “leader”. Good luck Mr. derregulation – let’s see your bipartisanship and regulation now. Maybe Rick Davis can help – he know Fannie Mae from the inside out.

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    Reformed republican spews:

    @14: No better boost than showing what an idiot Palin is….she could not think of a single thing that McCain did for banking reform in his entire career – except to parrot back the bad bill that died in 2005. Guess her handlers have a lot more work to do to get her up to speed. And she could not asnwer why Rick Davis lied about his connections to Fannie Mae. Ooops.

    the wonderful thing about Palin is that she is the gift that keeps giving -one stupid thing after another. One bad lie after another. thank you Sarah!

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    If things don’t turn around pretty soon, I’d personally be more concerned about the Republicans trying to suspend the actual election.

    With these guys anything is possible!

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    Eat shit Republiocan scum spews:

    How afraid is the McCain campaign to have Palin debate?

    McCain supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there’s no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.

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    SeattleMike spews:

    So on Friday, will we get to see Obama debating an empty chair, or the planned debate with the empty suit?

    This move makes McSame look like they are trying to salvage the remnants of his campaign. As Obama said, the only thing that’s really changed over the past several days is the poll numbers.

    Now that McSame’s numbers are in freefall, he’s calling on good old Dubya (“President 19% Approval”) to help try to make make him look presidential…THAT is how desperate they are!

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    michael spews:

    Lordy, lordy, you’ve just gotta love Obama’s rejoinder about canceling the Friday debate.
    Sept. 25, 2008 | WASHINGTON — John McCain is once again proving himself to be the fastest gun in the West — the presidential candidate most likely to shoot up the saloon on a Friday night. Or, in this case, the first presidential debate slated for Friday night, in Oxford, Miss. With a flair for the dramatic, McCain suddenly announced Wednesday afternoon that he was suspending his campaign (attack ads included) because of the financial crisis — and called for postponing the Mississippi Mixer “until this crisis is resolved.”

    Less than two hours later, Barack Obama delivered his answer: on to Oxford. Speaking to reporters at an impromptu Florida press conference, Obama said that if all senators needed to be in Washington for the interim, “We’ve both got big planes. We’ve painted our slogans on the sides of them. They can get us from Washington, D.C., to Mississippi fairly quickly.” The Commission on Presidential Debates joined in the fray by promptly issuing a statement declaring that it “was moving forward with its plan for the first presidential debate.”

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    Republican racist for John McCain , war hero and maverick spews:

    Americans Respond to McCain Stunt

    SurveyUSA has just completed a snap poll on response to John McCain’s request to cancel or postpone the presidential debate.

    Several questions. But two key ones.

    What to do about debates?

    Hold as Scheduled 50%
    Hold with Econ Focus 36%
    Postpone 10%

    Suspend Campaigns?

    Suspend 14%
    Continue 31%
    Refocus on Fin. Crisis 48%

    Would canceling the debates be good for America? 14% say yes.

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    ArtFart spews:

    This whole thing is either an incredibly brilliant end-game move by the Republico-Fascists, or the worst clusterfuck in political history.

    If Congress manages to hold its nose and pass a bill based on Paulson’s proposal, the dollar crashes worldwide, we’ll have $7.50 a gallon gas by the end of next week, and the Democratic leadership will get saddled with the blame.

    If Congress doesn’t pass a bill, or passes one that Bush finds reason to veto, the stock market tanks on Monday, local banks start to close, people find their ATM cards don’t work, and the Democrats take the blame.

    If it gets so bad that riots break out in the streets, Bush declares a state of emergency, imposes martial law and postpones the election “until further notice”.

    If none of the above happens….well, there’s still time to start another war with Iran, North Korea or both.

    And the beat goes on…

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    Jeff spews:

    I have long thought that the whole McCain campaign, especially after choosing Palin, is a charade and that Bush will cancel the election and stay in office. Of course Cheney and the anti-Constitutionalists are behind it all. We’re at war you know.