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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Obama’s Move

posted by on September 25 at 11:50 AM

Now it’s McCain who’s in a bad spot:

Barack Obama is committed to hosting a public, televised event Friday night in Mississippi even if John McCain does not show up, an official close to the Obama campaign tells the Huffington Post.

In McCain’s absence, the Senator is willing to make the scheduled debate a townhall meeting, a one-on-one interview with NewsHour’s Jim Lehrer, or the combination of the two, the official said.

Such a course of action could make life incredibly difficult for McCain, who has called for the suspension of the debate in light of the current economic crisis. Should he stay in Washington D.C. — if a bailout is not completed by then — and let Obama alone reach tens of millions of television viewers?

My prediction: There will be an economic bailout deal—or enough of a deal—today. There will be a debate tomorrow. All the rest will be spin and positioning. But, Obama will come out of this looking even-keeled and competent at multi-tasking, while McCain will have raised (with his own actions) a lot of questions about his impulsivity and ability to handle more than one problem at once.

More on this later, but for now: The win in this crazy pre-debate debate about the debate clearly goes to Obama.

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Multitasking is an invention of the 20th century. McCain never warmed up to it.

Posted by Dougsf | September 25, 2008 12:01 PM

He looks like a fool, but he may suceed in replacing a debate with a town hall meeting. At least, McCain has less time to try and bring in operatives and control the questions. What Obama really shouldn't do is let the McCain camp switch the VP debate to tomorrow from Oct 2. It might throw Biden off and give more time for damage control.

Posted by left coast | September 25, 2008 12:03 PM

I hope this is what happens. Obama with 90 minutes of PRIME TIME TV to himself?!?!? Shit, this would be a fucking wet DREAM for the Democrats!!!!

Posted by Andrew | September 25, 2008 12:05 PM

Put a bow on top of it, McCain. Merry Christmas.

Posted by Andy Niable | September 25, 2008 12:08 PM

The entire country now knows that McCain is insane and Palin is an imbecile. It's over.

Of course, still go out and vote! But it's over.

Posted by whatevernevermind | September 25, 2008 12:15 PM

if the democrats pass a bailout deal today i will blow a gasket. talk about lose-lose-lose.

Posted by jrrrl | September 25, 2008 12:35 PM

there's still a slight chance that mccain's endgame has nothing to do with avoiding the debate and everything to do with voting against this widely unpopular bailout. this would help boost his maverick cred and he can point out that obama is voting "present" or with his party as usual. that scenario worries me...

Posted by anne | September 25, 2008 12:53 PM

The win in this crazy pre-debate debate about the debate clearly goes to Obama

For once, I think this may be true. I noticed the MSM was not buying into McCain's bullshit, and the fact that Letterman spend his whole show last night ridiculing McCain bodes well.

Posted by Mike in MO | September 25, 2008 1:21 PM

Is it possible for McCain to spin to his advantage that Obama did not halt his campaign?

Posted by Jen | September 25, 2008 1:40 PM

There is binary bliss to the following (recently assembled) approach to life:


Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | September 25, 2008 1:50 PM


It's going to be pretty tough for McPalin to claim "maverick" status on the bail-out plan with so many other GOP Senators (McConnell, Shelby, Bunning, et al), not to mention most Democrats already on-record as opposing it.

How can you be a "maverick" if you're voting with the majority?

Posted by COMTE | September 25, 2008 2:51 PM

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