2008 What’s McCain’s Endgame Here?
posted by September 24 at 13:36 PMon
Assuming realpolitik and rationality underly McCain’s big move today (and not panicked reactivity or plain old unthinking impulsiveness), I wonder if this is what McCain sees as his desired progression of events:
1) McCain suspends his campaign to focus on the economy, calls on Obama to do same, calls for postponing of the Friday debate.
2) Obama says no, that he can focus on both the economy and a foreign policy debate, and that McCain should be able to as well.
3) McCain says he’s more committed to the people’s business than show-business, says if Obama really wanted to debate so badly he could have accepted all of McCain’s town hall meeting overtures over the last few months, and says he’s not going to the Florida debate because he’s putting “country first.”
4) Obama stands his ground. The debate doesn’t happen because McCain’s not there. Only two presidential debates are left. Therefore McCain has one less chance to blow it.
Sounds a little odd as a type itówouldn’t an “underdog” want more opportunities to share a stage with the big guy, not fewer? But nothing about this campaign has been normal so far…