John McCain made a big show yesterday of saying he'd "suspend" his campaign to work on the financial crisis. Many Americans immediately suspected that McCain was throwing his second "Hail Mary" pass in a month - and indeed, we learned today, as Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said:
John McCain did not “suspend” his campaign. He just turned a national crisis into an occasion to promote his campaign. It’s become just another political stunt, aimed more at shoring up the Senator’s political fortunes than the nation’s economy. And it does nothing to help advance this critical legislation to protect the American people during this time of economic crisis.
There was ample evidence today - in commercials aired, surrogates spinning, and volunteers welcomed - that the former "Straight Talk Express" has lost whatever credibility it still had. You have to wonder: What's the real reason John McCain doesn't want to debate Barack Obama? This is pathetic.
Update, Friday morning: The debate is on. McCain is accusing Obama of political posturing during Thursday's White House meeting (at which the hapless McCain reportedly sat mute for 40 minutes). Such leadership.