McCain Lurches Again

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McCAIN LURCHES AGAIN….OK, let me get this straight. After spending a full week flailing madly, tossing around wild charges almost daily, and careening from free market deregulator to the second coming of William Jennings Bryan — after all that, John McCain is now trying to gravely present himself as a man above politics: suspending his campaign, asking for Friday’s debate to be postponed, and calling for a statesmanlike bipartisan bailout compromise.

Spare me. Let me guess: the debate should be postponed until October 2, which, sadly, will mean eliminating the vice presidential debate entirely. What a bummer, eh? And the guy whose campaign is funded by federal funds thinks all fundraising should be suspended. Imagine that. And the senator who hasn’t showed up for a roll call vote since April suddenly thinks Capitol Hill is the place everyone needs to be. That should speed things up and calm down the financial markets, shouldn’t it?

The cynicism is pretty stunning. Instead, how about switching the subject of the first debate to economic issues and actually hearing what John McCain thinks we ought to do? He does have a serious grasp on the issues, doesn’t he? Why discuss them only behind closed doors?

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