McCain’s Request (to suspend his campaign for the Presidency to help solve the U.S. financial crisis):
“It is difficult to act both quickly and wisely, but that is what is required of us right now. Time is short, and doing nothing is not an option.”
“This is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who, in approximately 40 days, will be responsible for dealing with this mess,” Obama said in Clearwater, Fla. “It’s going to be part of the president’s job to deal with more than one thing at once.”
It seems like suspending one’s Presidential campaign is one step away from a concession. But clearly, that’s not McCain’s intention. How does the McCain feel it appropriate to drop all open discussion and to deny American’s the opportunity to learn the soon-to-be President’s strategies on the issues affecting us?
I am sure McCain’s campaign suspension has nothing AT ALL to do with the economic crisis that the United States has found itself in, but more to do with saving face. If he can find grounds to cancel the Presidential debate on Friday, he can surely substantiate grounds to cancel the VP debate, which is to take place a week later, as our economic crisis is not likely to be resolved by then. By doing so, McCain will have managed to save the GOP from utter humiliation when Sarah Palin and Joe Biden go head-to-head on the issues, an area where she demonstrates great ineptness. I do not doubt for a minute that McCain is capable of debating the issues with Obama, but his running mate is another sad, sad story.
I don’t call McCain’s strategy putting country first. A little less than two weeks ago, the GOP’s candidate wouldn’t even acknowledge our economy as the fragile wine glass teetering off the edge of the dining room table when in all actuality, the glass is free falling to an uncushioned floor.
I also wonder, had Obama suspended his campaign, would he even still be in the running? How would everyone react? Would it be proof of claims that he is not ready to lead? But, case and point, it is not Barack Obama debating the debate. It is McCain. I don’t know. In the day of globilization, our next President must be able to multi-task, must be able to think decisively and fairly quickly about issues of large gravity. He cannot postpone discussions until he has the bearings to address them. Jong-Il might actually decide to toast some caviar and cognac and have a missile launching party while the President is twiddling his fingers, and suspending issues.
Breath, Melanie. Breath.