John McCain has surprised most of us by suspending his campaign. Now, the world is wondering whether the Republican campaign has been suspended over its own crisis rather than the wall street crisis. The next President of the United States will have to deal with various crisis. Will McCain just quit? He should be able to multitask, shouldn't he? Or at least, delegate. Where is Sarah Palin? Couldn't she carry on campaigning while McCain is in Washington? Isn't it the reason why she is the VP? Without a doubt, the majority of Palin/McCain supporters will defend the decision and claim that McCain is patriotic. But let's face it, his presence is not needed in Washington...As Colby political scientist Sandy Maisel said "my instinct is that this was a desperate move by McCain's staff to gain some traction from a situation in which he has clearly been slipping--and desperate moves rarely work."
And David Letterman agrees with me (watch video below):
Debate organizers said they were continuing with preparations for the debate despite Mr. McCain's declaration.
Other reactions to McCain's move:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement that McCain's move would actually impair negotiations over the bailout by introducing politics into the equation.
Wall Street Journal: "Mr. McCain has a special advantage to bring an investigation of Wall Street - many of the relevant witnesses are friends or colleagues of his. In fact, he can probably get to the bottom of the whole mess just by cross-examining the people riding on his campaign bus."
McCain "cuts and runs" to Washington, well not quite yet. But why?
Washington Post: McCain wants meeting in D.C. with Obama to try to show they have the same economic policies since the public has shown a huge preference for Obamanomics.
TIME: A list of past Presidential and Vice Presidential debates along with various national and international crises at the time. Guess how many were canceled?
Sep 26, 1960
Soviets announce ready to put first astronaut into space
Oct 7, 1960
Cuba accuses US of links to invasion
Pentagon curbs spending in light of trade imbalance
Oct 13, 1960
KRUSHCHEV BANGS SHOE ON DESK
Bomb injures 33 in Times Square in 3rd explosion in 11 days
US embargo on Cuba announced
Oct 21, 1960
KRUSHCHEV SAYS USSR HAS NUCLEAR SUBS
Gold price problems in world markets
Full list available here: http://thepage.time.com/obama-campaign-release-on-debate-day-history/
McCain campaign manager on the run after revelations of his and McCain's lies about his Lobbying fees and ties to Freddie Mac.
British Daily Telegraph: Even our Allies know corruption when they see it! "It's hard to believe that America might actually be even more dishonestly, ineffectually and ideologically governed after January 20, 2009 than before it. But the Palin/Troopergate story, like so much of the tone and tenor of the McCain campaign post-nomination, offers ample evidence for just such a nightmare scenario."