Who Needs John McCain?

Apparently not Congress. Debate’s still on, old man!

From The Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warned that time was running short to bolster the distressed economy, congressional Republicans and Democrats reported agreement in principle Thursday on a $700 billion bailout of the financial industry, and said they would present it to the Bush administration in hopes of a vote within days.

Emerging from a two-hour negotiating session, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said, “We are very confident that we can act expeditiously.”

“I now expect that we will indeed have a plan that can pass the House, pass the Senate (and) be signed by the president,” said Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah.

The bipartisan consensus on the general direction of the legislation was reported just hours before President Bush was to host presidential contenders Barack Obama and John McCain and congressional leaders at the White House for discussions on how to clear obstacles to the unpopular rescue plan.

Key lawmakers said at midday that few difficulties actually remained.

“There really isn’t much of a deadlock to break,” said Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

McCain is a magician! The deal may be done and he didn’t even have to do anything! It’s magic, I tell ya! Magic!

The White House is still playing it cautious, but this further solidifies what a stunt this was by McCain to hijack the narrative and make it about him and not about the economy (or the fact that his poll numbers were crashing).

From CNN:

Sen. John McCain’s decision to suspend his campaign is being played by Democrats as a desperate ploy from a campaign in decline and by Republicans as a courageous move to rescue the economy.

The Arizona senator said he won’t show up for Friday’s presidential debate if no deal is reached on the government’s $700 billion bailout proposal, leading Democrats to accuse him of looking for a distraction.

“I think it shows that John McCain is becoming increasingly desperate in his campaign,” said Keith Boykin, a Democratic strategist and host of BET’s “My Two Cents” …

Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s running mate, Sen. Joe Biden on Thursday accused the Republicans of looking for a “distraction.”

“They don’t want to debate the issues with us,” he said Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky. “They don’t want to debate the issues … because they know they really literally don’t have a political leg to stand on.”

Touché. Your move, McMaverick.

19 thoughts on “Who Needs John McCain?

  1. Wow, Danielle, you used the worst picture you could find of Nancy Pelosi. Very unflattering, I must say. Although she’s in decline, there’s still some gas left in the old gal. Don’t you see that glint in her eye when she’s talking? I know what that means. I would drive it till the wheels dropped off. Now Barney Frank, that’s another matter. He talks like Buddy Hackett with marbles in his mouth, but man is he smart. It just goes to show you that you can’t judge a book by its cover. When I saw Bush speak last night, I thought of the REM song. “It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.” Sometimes you gotta laugh to keep from crying.

  2. draven7: These are news photos. Not Glamor Shots! 😉 Nancy is a pretty woman, but dude, she’s old. That’s just how she looks some days. And Bush’s stilted reading of “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!” on a teleprompter was horrible. But if you read the text of it you get the gravity of the situation.

  3. i just read this:dems now fear that McCain’s true motivation for calling off his campaign and coming back to DC is simply to cast a “no” vote against the bailout, despite his private statements to the contrary. fortunately, the dems got wind of this move and will counteract this “maverick” move…although from what i understand, mcbush is notorious for trying to squirm out of debates…he apparently pulled the same stunt when he ran up against gwb in 2000…mavericky…

  4. starrie: Well, if he does that he’s also going to be held responsible when the stock market drops by more than 500 points on Monday and when banks start dropping dead left and right every day they go without passing a bill.I mean, we’re truly fucked here. Every serious economist I’ve read or listened to is scared because if this bill doesn’t pass they have no other ideas on how to stop the market from crashing. This whole bailout is a $700 billion hail Mary pass. That’s why Paulson, Bernake, Bush, et al, were willing to compromise on everything the Democrats and some Republicans wanted.Spending the $700 billion might not work either. It might just stave things off until inflation starts to skyrocket because our government will be forced to print more money, further cheapening the dollar’s worth.But I imagine even McCain wants to be able to say he did SOMETHING to try and stop hell from freezing over.

  5. Yeah, Danielle, there was this awkward moment when someone must have yelled “action” and Bush didn’t know the camera was on and then he got that strange deer in-the-headlights look on his face, and I knew we were in trouble. That was the scariest speech I ever heard a president give. God save the Republic!

  6. blacksnob: you and i and everyone else knows that mcbush is grabbing at anything that get him out of the hole that he dug…his entire campaign is imploding and he has nothing…this is a farce he’s trying to pull…he has no solutions because he helped to create this mess and he’s buying time on how to spin this in a way to make him look like he is against this bailout when he’s for it…i am curious what his next maverick move will be, now that the obama camp knows what’s up…

  7. If Mccain doesn’t show up to the debates tomorrow, then it is clear it’s all about him. It always has to be his way, or the highway. He is so egotistical that he would rather shit on the American people just because he didn’t get his townhall meetings. Wahh!!

  8. This is an obvious ploy to stall putting Sarah Palin before the cameras!She is not fit to be VP and MCcain knows it,I hope this stunt backfires on MCcain and Obama gets further ahead in the polls!That works for me!The republicans are the dirtiest rotten SOB,s They couldn’t give two Sh^ts about the American people, This should be obvious by now!

  9. We are facing the worst economic melt down since the great depression. McCain says it should take first priority over politics. Obama says if you need me, call me, I’ll be at the debate hall. Then, Obama says McCain should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. First of all, Obama has never set aside his personal ambition for the good of the country. He has no sense of priority. The economic problem is huge, will effect Americans for decades, and deserves more than a Presidential candidate’s rubber stamp, or blank check. The walk and chew gum cliche is about as trite as Obama’s slogans … like ‘change we can believe in’. Unlike Obama, McCain is responsible, and has genuine leadership qualities. Obama will say, or do anything to get elected. McCain puts Americans, and America above politics, and personal ambition. No Wright, no Pfleger, no Farrakhan, no Rezko, no Ayers, no mean Michelle, and NOBAMA !!!

  10. Why is it the the Obama campaign always has a problem!!!! Just because McCain feels there is a priortiy with our financial situation…doesn’t mean he is running away. Tell Obama not to get his panties in a ruffle… there will be a debate…just not tomorrow! Get a LIFE!

  11. To the McCain people who snucked in here: What about McCain ripping off Obama’s slogan with “Change is coming” and “We’ll bring change to Washington.” If Obama’s slogans are trite, McCain’s are trifling. And if you want to bring up scandals, look up the phrase “Keating Five” in the Webster and you’ll see McCain’s picture next it to. Talk about doing anything to get elected, McCain would pick Beelzebub as his VP if that would win him some votes. Regarding ambition, how many times has McCain run for president–about eight times? Remember he didn’t knock off Romney and the rest of the crew in the primaries by being a shy, retiring accountant living in Witchita, Kansas. McCain could actually put this country first by realizing he’s a 72-year-old man with recurring cancer and old ideas, and this nation needs fresh blood and a new direction, and he should step aside and allow that to happen.

  12. The Democrats caused this mess.In 1999, Bill Clinton signed into a law The Financial Services Modernization Act — a bill that effectively deregulated the US financial services industry. In 2003, the Republicans sought to impose strict regulations on Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac… but the Democrats refused!Here's the New York Times article from September 11, 2003.http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E3D6123BF932A2575AC0A9659C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1There you have it.Proof!The Democrats DID NOT WANT to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac.Note the Barney Frank quote on page 2 of the article. It's very revealing!It was the Democrats who pushed for this deregulation — because the liberals feared that regulations placed on Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac would deny home loans to poor people.A vote for Obama in November is a vote for financial DISASTER. You ain't seen nothing yet!The Democrats caused this financial mess with their stupid deregulation of the mortgage industry via liberal policies of forcing lenders to lend to poor people who can't possibly pay back.

  13. Earlier in the campaign, McCain asked Obama to appear with him in a series of TownHall debates. Obama refused.I’m sure McCain wishes there weren’t this mess in Washington.McCain has never been afraid of debates.Putting country first, McCain postponed the debate so he could go to Washington and help resolve this crisis.It’s the Democrats that have politicized the negotiations by predictably blaming the other party’s presidential candidate, John McCain, for their own inability to resolve a mess that was created by liberal Democratic policies opposing the regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac.

  14. The sky is falling!! The sky is falling!!!Truth is: Bush, Mccain, and Rove couldn’t have planned this any better.We can wait four more months, when Barack Obama walks into the Whitehouse on January 20, 2009. Confidence in the American consumer will be IMMEDIATE, because we will all know that George W. Bush will NO LONGER BE IN CONTROL OF OUR COUNTRY, AND IT WILL BE OUT OF MCCAIN’S REACH!

  15. You can’t eat your cake and have it too. The Repubs ran the show for eight years and now they don’t want to accept what happened on their watch. Clinton was fortunate in that most things went well. Had it not, he would have been rightfully blamed for the failures that occurred while he was in office. When Carter was president, we had high inflation, an oil embargo and a long, tense hostage situation, which wasn’t his fault. He took the heat, fell on his sword and we booted him out. The Repubs have controlled Congress for 6 years and we’ve had a GOP president for the last eight. It’s time to pay the piper. They can’t run from their record. There are oversight committees in DC, you know. They did nothing. The president has cabinet members and agencies helping him. What did they do? They were too busy running up deficits and fighting an unnecessary war. Harry Truman got it right: The buck stops here. Time for the Repubs to pay up and shut up.

  16. These republican defenders are really crazy!Why can’t they admit that they’re people are the reason that we are in this mess!Blaming Clinton is another way to take the attention off from them and try to direct it some where else!People are not that stupid!OBAMAS numbers in the polls are going up daily, The jig is up for the republicans!Obama/Biden will win in November!We need a fresh start in Washington, Not more of the same lame lies and mismanagement that we have had in the last 8!GOODBYE GOP! Do not let the door hit you in the behind on the way OUT!!!!!

  17. interesting that people find a connection between this election and blaming someone for the mortgage mess. i don’t find either mccain or obama to be representative of their political parties to the point where it makes sense to try to pin the blame for the mortgage mess on one party as rationale for voting for the guy from the other party. this is neither mccain or obama’s fault.to the extent i think these are connected, i just want to know which candidate seems to understand the crisis more, and which one seems to react best to it. which one will follow up on this bailout to make sure corrective measures are taken down the road, if necessary?i wasn’t impressed by mccain’s grandstanding about working on the bailout, because he wound up not being any more needed than obama was. seemed like an attention stunt to me.

  18. To the GOP explainers who slithered on here -McCain, a man who supposedly puts country first, in his first big decision to define his candidancy picked a woman with no foreign policy experience, no domestic policy experience, who was for earmark money before she was against it, whose religious leader believes he can exorcise witches, and whose interactions with the press makes you wonder if she just put down the crack pipe before addressing them.Country first? HA!!!Bourgietopia

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