A brilliant move, or a stupid one? Hmm:
Republican John McCain says he’s directing his staff to work with Barack Obama’s campaign and the debate commission to delay Friday’s debate because of the economic crisis.
Many Republicans think this is a terrific strategy on the part of McCain, so he can appear a stronger leader, etc. Pat Buchanan even went so far as to call McCain’s move “brilliant.” I couldn’t disagree more.
McCain wants to delay the debate to focus on the economy, but the economic situation is all the more reason to have a debate! Or is McCain’s fear that he and Obama won’t really differ very much on the answers to these problems?
Obama rejected McCain’s gesture, and Obama would be wise to suggest that the debate go on, except under the topic of the economy instead of the scheduled subject of foreign policy.
McCain needs to remind us that he’s running for president, and not running for re-election as a Senator who was there for years and now wants time to discuss a solution with everyone who caused the problem in the first place. And he needs to state this as the reason.
I stand by what I wrote a couple of days ago: Stop talking, Senator McCain, and let Sarah take the wheel. At this point it’s your only hope.