JOHN MCCAIN: POLITICAL MOVE OR STATESMANSHIP?
By Jodi Erickson
John McCain’s announcement today to suspend his presidential campaign is buzzing around newsrooms like flies on poop. And of course, every pundit is weighing in on the reasons for this suspension of his campaign.
Perhaps we should just take McCain’s word for it and believe that he actually wants to help solve the current financial mess the flies are buzzing around in Washington, D.C.
He is 6 points behind Obama in the polls, he is pulling a political stunt. Really? When you are behind, does it make sense to make one move to appear presidential, and not continue to campaign? Not hardly. If getting your name and your message out are what wins elections, it’s a bad move.
Postpone the debate? Another ploy. He just doesn’t want to debate Obama, especially not about the economy. Really? Whose party controls congress and refused to listen to John McCain’s warnings about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac months ago. Whose friends, associates and advisors made millions running Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Not John McCain’s. McCain afraid to debate Obama? Not a chance.
Perhaps McCain truly thinks it is time to set aside politics and solve a crisis that has the potential to affect millions of Americans. Maybe debating over the economy isn’t such a good idea in light of the current situation. Perhaps party blaming, senatorial record/vote revealing, guilt by association and the tickling of American ears with things they want to hear, aren’t what two current U.S. senators should be doing right now. Maybe they should be in Washington trying to solve the problem and jointly acting statesmanlike, rather than political.