Yesterday was not been a good day for John McCain. He has expressed that he will suspend his campaign to head back to Washington, D.C. to deal with the economic crisis. So along with suspending the campaign, McCain also skipped out on the Letterman show, is trying to avoid the first presidential debate on Friday, and would like to postpone the VP debate as well. For a man who is known for “straight talk” and being a maverick, this move to suspend his campaign does not indicate that he is very good at multitasking or handling a crisis. Nico Pitney of the Huffington Post points out that McCain has missed more votes during the current congressional session than any other senator, except for Tim Johnson who had brain surgery. Why the big rush to get back to D.C. when McCain has missed so many other opportunities to get in a team huddle with his colleagues?
For someone who has been in the Senate for 20 some odd years, I find it strange that McCain cannot walk and chew gum at the same time. Debates should be child’s play for him given the rough and tumble persona that he has cultivated as a warrior and maverick. Senator Obama has suggested that the debate should go on as scheduled because Americans need to be engaged in the dialogue about how we are going to solve the financial crisis. It is our tax dollars at stake, so I want to hear a debate. I’m sick of this media avoidance, and now this sudden need for a time out. It is bad enough that Palin will hardly grant interviews, and now this!?
If you are disturbed by the latest move from McCain-Palin, I suggest you follow this link to Demand the Debate 2008, and fill out your contact information. You can also contact the McCain campaign here. Voters make more informed decisions when they have information from the debates and are engaged in the dialogue. Let’s send a message to Senator McCain and Governor Palin that we want to hear them directly engaging with their opponents. How else will we measure how well they can perform on their feet?