John McCain has said he is suspending his campaign and returning to Washington to help deal with the economic crisis. And he called for a TV debate with Democratic rival Barack Obama, scheduled for Friday, to be delayed.
Will people take this seriously? Might they think he’s running scared? Does he really mean it or does he just think that ‘focusing on the issues’ will play well? Do two senators – presidential candidates they may be, but with no special constitutional role – matter that much in getting this legislation through? Is he trying to grab credit for a deal on the banking bail-out that in some shape or form would happen anyway?
Can Obama accept without looking like he’s ceded the initiative? Can he refuse without looking like he’d rather campaign than save the economy? Can he argue that a would-be president should be able to handle legislative deal-making as well as preparing for a debate?
Grr. I was looking forward to watching the debate. Was planning to stay up late with a beer and liveblog it.
Update 20 mins later: Obama’s going back to Washington as well to work on this, but still wants the debate to go ahead. A random thought: maybe they could have the VP debate on Friday instead...?