Thursday, September 25, 2008

drama and gamesmanship: McCain makes his play

And there it is:
McCain supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there's no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.

10-gallon tip to Grimsaburger for finding it. Katie Couric interviewed Sarah Palin on CBS News last night and it, uh, could have gone better.

She's scheduled to debate Joe Biden one week from today. Honestly, what would you do if you were John McCain?

Sarah Palin is the real reason for McCain's antics. As she botches each scrupulously chaperoned interview and as the VP debate looms larger, it's become clear that Palin just isn't "ready for prime time." She doesn't know anything about, well, anything, and the Crazy Train's completely unjustified insistence that she's some sort of expert on energy policy is likely to be exposed for the fraud that it is when she goes toe to toe with Biden. Young candidates new to the national stage have not typically done well in the VP debate (think Edwards vs. Cheney and Quayle vs. Bentson), and she has even less experience in national politics than the other guys did. They essentially have to hope that Biden puts his foot in his mouth, because that's the only way she's going to come out of that debate looking like she has any business on a national ticket.

And then there's the minor issue of this week's cover of the National Enquirer, in grocery store checkout lanes across the nation. Normally that wouldn't be that big a deal for the candidates, but people are suddenly paying the Enquirer more attention since it was so publicly vindicated in its reporting of Edwards' affair.

I wonder if McCain is starting to regret his VP decision yet. He will by the time this is over, mark my words.


TioChuy said...

I used to hate when Katie was on the Today show while I was getting ready for work because I'm not really into schaudenfreude but this was pretty good.

Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight: McCain won't debate until there's a bailout deal struck. The bailout deal is nearly finished; but lo! He swoops in, has no substantive input but gives encouragement to nutjob House Republicans and now it's off.

McCain torpedoes the deal to throw off the debate?

el ranchero said...

That may well have been his intention, but Republicans have been hinting for a couple of days now that they were considering going against this bailout so that they could sandbag congressional Democrats in the elections. Essentially, they feigned bipartisanship to draw the Democrats into supporting the bailout, and are now going to attack them for it.

Classy guys, these Republicans, eh?