This will cause an increase in viewship, lower expectations of McCain, solidify public perception of Obama as “master debater”, and, should catapult McCain through the roof should he win...
I agree providing he shows up.
What is crazy is that this is a foreign policy debate. One wonders if the moderator will somehow tie foreign policy to this crisis...after all it is a Global Economy.
I hope McCain is prepped for that.
From your keyboard to G_d’s ear!
PALIN SHOULD FILL IN FOR MCCAIN AT THE DEBATE
Me ^ | September 24, 2008 | Cindy
Posted on September 24, 2008 2:24:15 PM PDT by Cindy
Palin is the potential vice-president for McCain.
Palin should fill in for McCain at the debate; while McCain works on the economic issues.
Did you notice McCain said he’d suspend AFTER speaking to Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative Conference? How come he’s there and Mr. International (Obama) is not?
Was Obama NOT invited? Invited, but declined? On the eve of what was to be the International Security debate, this is a poke in the eye to the Obama campaign.
Those Clintons are wiley ones, and I’ll bet at the Obama/Bent-One meeting in Harlem last week, Obama refused to take Hillary as a substitute VP and, furthermore, refused to help out with Hillary’s campaign debt.
Old Bill told Larry King last night, in addition to postponing any Obama campaigning until after his Conference, he’d also honor the Jews by postponing any campaign activities until after Yom Kippur.
And you haven’t seen Hillary out on the hustings, have you?
I agree and thought the same thing.
McCain will keep them guessing if he’s showing up until the last minute, and then when he does, it’s going to be a huge event.
And the topic is foreign policy.
But the real coup for McCain will be if he manages to swoop in and take the lead for the GOP in renegotiating a totally new plan that outlaws all standing Credit Default Swaps retroactively, rescinds Sarbanes-Oxley, and trust-busts some of these huge companies like AIG that have become “too big to fail.”
I think this was a pre-emptive strike. It was likely Obama would claim he couldn’t debate in order to go back to the Senate and participate in the bailout discussions. Obama is afraid to debate McCain. It would have made Obama look like he was putting the country before politics.
Heeres my take of whats going on over at Obama hq
Thank you for phoning, Welcome to Obama HQ, please pick an menu option to proceed.
Press 1 if your bank has collapsed and you need Sen Obama to be called and you may need him
Press 2 if the economy is on the brink of disaster to be put straight to Sen McCain
Press 3 if you wish to leave your mortgage details so the Dem party can include you in the bailout bill.
Press 4 if you mistakenly called thinking Sen Obama gives a shit.
Only one candidate is fighting for America. One is hiding from his guilt in this failure.
Pray for W, McCain and Our Troops
Interesting convoluted thinking. But the simple reality is John McCain is once again putting COUNTRY FIRST in time of crisis, whereas Barry Obama is doing his usual lazy thing ... ‘Call me if you need me, I’m busy running for a promotion for me me me, Harry.’
I was wondering how McCain would respond to the inevitable refusal from Obama to postpone the debates (which, predictably, the MSM is wrongly declaring a “cancellation” by McCain). But you are right; it was clear that Obama could not follow McCain’s lead simply because doing so would only highlight McCain’s leadership on the issue. It was predictable that Obama would insist on continuing with the debate and that the MSM would respond by declaring McCain’s move a failure, which depresses expectations of how the debate will go for him.
But the MSM forget that the debate is on foreign policy—which everyone agrees is McCain’s strongest suit. He’s rattled Obama now and thrown him off of his preparation. In addition, he’s now provided the means to bring his position on the financial tsunami into the foreign policy discussion. The statements from Ahmadinejad and China on the crisis are pretty straightforward evidence of how the financial crisis can easily turn into a national security issue.
Also, the McCain move is, so far, wildly popular with base conservatives (despite reservations about the Paulson Plan), so Mac once again shores up the base. This election is about firing up ones base and drawing in those right-leaning independents. McCain’s base was slightly eroding due to some off-the-cuff remarks he made about firing Cox (bad idea) or introducing new regulations. He recognized that and took this bold step.
Finally, and most importantly, I believe that McCain truly (and quite correctly) understands the seriousness of this crisis and knows that his job as Senator and as de facto party leader requires him to be involved in the most important matter since 9/11 (I personally think it’s much more serious than that).
I do not see a downside to this, unless one is timid about the MSM reaction and the $7/hr Obamabot bloggers.