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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Aha moment

For those wondering what John McCain is up to with his "selfless" call to suspend campaigning and postpone tomorrow's foreign policy debate, the answer can be found in his proposed new schedule.

McCain wants to move the debate to Oct. 2, the day of the vice presidential debate. The Biden-Palin showdown would be moved to an unspecified time.

What's the matter? The Barracuda isn't ready for prime time?

There is a certain unseemliness to this whole thing. After Barack Obama contacts McCain to suggest a bipartisan statement about the economy, Johnnie Mac counters with the debate suspension proposal.

Then George Bush weighs in to invite the candidates to the White House. Conspiracy theory? Maybe. But let's also look at how Bush and his team -- many of whom now run the McCain campaign -- have always injected politics into policy, starting with 9-11.

Frankly, if John McCain can't attend a White House meeting, take part in a Senate vote on a bailout plan that is worked out by others wiser in economics than him and then attend a debate within the space of a few days, then I have serious concerns about his ability to handle the juggling required of a president.

If the candidates were planning to sample endless fried concoctions on a stick at a state fair instead of talking about Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, Georgia and America's place in the world, I might see campaigning as frivolous.

As Obama said:
“If it turns out that we need to be in Washington, we’ve both got big planes — we’ve painted our slogans on the sides of them. They can get us from Washington, D.C., to Mississippi fairly quickly.
But postponing a debate to roll the political dice -- or protect a Not Ready for Prime Time Veep -- is hardly presidential.

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