Reid changes his tune on McCain involvement – and for good reason; Update: Video added

posted at 6:25 pm on September 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

As Allahpundit already noted in an update to his excellent post on John McCain’s suspension of his campaign, Harry Reid went out of his way to tell him, “don’t bother”.  However, as John McCormack notes at the Weekly Standard, that’s just a day after Reid’s insistence that McCain return to support the Bush administration’s bailout plan.  How soon they forget:

But yesterday, Reid demanded that the White House made sure the legislation had John McCain’s backing, and Reid floated this bogus piece of news clearly intended to force McCain’s hand: “I got some good news in the last hour or so … it appears that Sen. McCain is going to come out for this.” McCain flatly denied that he had endorsed the plan.

So Harry Reid says that it’s essential that John McCain backs legislation designed to avert the greatest economic meltdown since the Great Depression. And when McCain says the highly problematic legislation, in its current form, is not good enough, Reid tells McCain to stay away from Capitol Hill. Who’s playing politics with economic crisis?

Well, everyone is, but this gambit from Reid is really transparent.  He wanted McCain on the hook so that Reid could blame McCain for the political fallout.  When McCain called Reid’s bluff — and that’s what appears to have happened here — Reid did what Reid always does: retreat.

I think Reid fears more than just the idea that McCain will “risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation’s economy.”  What Reid fears is that McCain will return to lead the Republican effort to reach a compromise, and the Senate and House GOP will let him do it.  If McCain takes ownership of the bailout effort and manages to get his suggestions on limiting executive compensation and so on as part of the finished product, he will be able to trot McCain-Dodd on the campaign trail as yet another reform he’s accomplished by working across the aisle.  And in a time of crisis, no less.

And what will Obama be able to say?  He gave a couple of speeches and raised cash for himself while McCain went to work for the nation.

If that’s what McCain and the Republicans have in mind, this could be the coup of the entire campaign.  While Obama went out and sucked up to fundraisers, McCain built the bipartisan compromise that saved the American financial system.  If he succeeds, McCain will have trumped Obama on what should have been the Democrats’ best issue.

Update: Here’s the video from yesterday of Reid demanding leadership from McCain:

“We need, now, the Republicans to start producing some votes for us. We need the Republican nominee for president to let us know where he stands and what we should do.”

Notice that Reid never demanded leadership from the Democratic nominee for President. I guess he already knows that would be a futile request.


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BHO:”Call me if you need me” = EPIC PHAIL

Iblis on September 24, 2008 at 6:28 PM

So McCain is going to leave Obama at the altar, debate-wise?

pedestrian on September 24, 2008 at 6:29 PM

What Reid fears is that McCain will return to lead the Republican effort to reach a compromise, and the Senate and House GOP will let him do it.

I think this is absolutely correct, Ed.

Spirit of 1776 on September 24, 2008 at 6:29 PM

I’m so proud of John McCain on this. In a time of dire economic crisis when we need real leadership, HE SHOWS UP.

That’s genuine leadership. Very maverick-like.

JustTruth101 on September 24, 2008 at 6:30 PM

If McCain takes ownership of the bailout effort and manages to get his suggestions on limiting executive compensation and so on as part of the finished product, he will be able to trot McCain-Dodd on the campaign trail as yet another reform he’s accomplished by working across the aisle. And in a time of crisis, no less.

Oh yes…

I hope McCain goes to Washington anyway makes the debate then returns to Washington to finish the bill. McCain can put the screws to Obama everytime he has to do a fundraiser.

Theworldisnotenough on September 24, 2008 at 6:30 PM

I like this scenario. I just hope this is what they were thinking.

We are going to need knowledgeablepeople on TV talking about it though.

simon on September 24, 2008 at 6:30 PM

If McCain can race back to Mississippi just in the nick of time, it certainly would rattle Obama. There probably are deadliness for filing flight plans and notifying security , too.

But keeping Obama uncertain would uh, I mean, probably uh, throw him, uh, off enough that, uh, all his prep goes out, uh, the window.

Wethal on September 24, 2008 at 6:31 PM

So McCain is going to leave Obama at the altar, debate-wise?

pedestrian on September 24, 2008 at 6:29 PM

No, he’ll show up with his sleeves rolled up and offer to fill Barry in later on what he’s been doing all week.

JustTruth101 on September 24, 2008 at 6:31 PM

From your fingers to Gods ears my good man.

Grunt2Jag on September 24, 2008 at 6:32 PM

FYI

Big S on September 24, 2008 at 6:32 PM

very good point. this could either go horribly wrong or it can win mccain the election.

venicesurfer on September 24, 2008 at 6:32 PM

We’re on the same page again Ed.

csdeven on September 24, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Ed ,I hope you are right. The media being in the tank for BHO I worry he can stutter and umm for an hour without McCain and they will call it the best debate ever.

calgrammy on September 24, 2008 at 6:33 PM

In the past month McCain has shown himself to be quite a risk-taker.

First Sarah Palin, and now this.

aunursa on September 24, 2008 at 6:33 PM

When 700 billion is on the line…thats where the troops need to be; face to face and not on some cell phone away from the battle.

mindhacker on September 24, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Does anyone really give a dam* what Harry Reid has to say?
Come on, I know the President’s approval numbers are low, but Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have broken new records in levels of how low can you go!
When was the last time Harry Reid was right about anything?
I’m not trying to go off on the guy but Benedict Arnold has higher approval numbers than this idiot.
And in a question poll on who you would leave your kids with for a weekend, Charles Manson scores 5 points higher than Nancy Pelosi!!

Delta Wild Man on September 24, 2008 at 6:34 PM

When McCain called Reid’s bluff — and that’s what appears to have happened here — Reid did what Reid always does: retreat.

Yes – and hissing spitefully at Senator McCain, who is 10x the statesman that Rude will ever be, was a big mistake. Any claim he had to his own bipartisanship is out the window.

RushBaby on September 24, 2008 at 6:34 PM

There is much, mucho muy mucho, that I dissagree with McCain about, but I’ve gained a lot of respect for him during this campaign. If this is the kind of chess we can expect hin to play as POTUS he could end up on a coin someday. A real one, that is.

pugwriter on September 24, 2008 at 6:34 PM

O cannot get recorded actually voting on a position. It would be too much for his resume to handle.

bbz123 on September 24, 2008 at 6:35 PM

And what will Obama be able to say?

Have you seen my Obama Presidential coins?

jdkchem on September 24, 2008 at 6:35 PM

McCain has to push the thought to the forefront that he (or Obama) have to deal with the results of this financial deal for possibly the next 8 years so, yes, he wants to be there to help craft the deal that he will have to implement.
What will the next President say in 1, 2, 3 years when this deal has problems; “I was there fighting for the U.S. taxpapyer or I was busy practicing how to debate without a telepromter”???
And McCain needs to push the idea that Obama will just go along with what ever the Democrats come up with…that Obama is not an outsider or wants change, not a leader, not thinking what is best for the country, but to Obama it is just more Washington D.C. insider politics as usual.

(If Hillary was smart she would head to D.C. ASAP to show that she is a leader in helping craft and push things through quickly.)

albill on September 24, 2008 at 6:35 PM

The genius of McCain’s action is that it exploits two of Obama’s weaknesses:

1. His pride, which would not let him agree to share in McCain’s statesmanlike proposal.

2. His paralyzing tentativeness, which makes this all-important issue seem like just another above his paygrade.

Terrie on September 24, 2008 at 6:35 PM

Somebody just posted on The Corner and said the rope a dope move is to have the debate on the economy, and send BO’s 300 roaches scurrying. Assuming that Mac can win that debate, mind you.

hippie_chucker on September 24, 2008 at 6:35 PM

The O is supposed to return as well and they are supposed to make a joint statement together. People are filling in the O, as Maverick decides the moves for him.

Maverick is in full control of this one.

Hening on September 24, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Ahaha. McCain just slammd Obama on Katie Couric.

Enoxo on September 24, 2008 at 6:36 PM

From your fingers to Gods ears my good man.

Grunt2Jag on September 24, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Ahh! Who let Geraldo in?!!

NTWR on September 24, 2008 at 6:37 PM

We`re still going to lose.

ThePrez on September 24, 2008 at 6:37 PM

Don’t think John is being entirely selfless- he knows the benefits this could have for him.

AND THAT’S WHAT MAKES IT SO DAMN BRILLIANT!

Sir Andrew on September 24, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Harry Reid is the GOLLUM of our age?

For a former boxer, he’s not a lightweight, he’s a pantywaist.

Democrats, HOW PROUD you must be that THIS is your leader in the Senate.

originalpechanga on September 24, 2008 at 6:38 PM

When will McCain understand that the democrats haven’t been bipartisan in decades unless they get everything they want. Republican fools like Lindsey Graham are used like two dollar hookers just to let the world know they are the elite, then they flush them down the bowl of life like the fecal matter they have proven they are. This is the part of McCain I do not like. Without Sarah he has no hope of beating this political machine and their puppet.

volsense on September 24, 2008 at 6:38 PM

What Barry is not understanding is that the real American debate this week is on Capital Hill regarding this baillout. And they don’t allow teleprompters on the floor.

EyesOpen on September 24, 2008 at 6:38 PM

You ask: And what will Obama be able to say?

Last week, as Sen. McCain was offering a plan to deal with the situation, Sen. Obama was saying he would hold off on presenting his.

Now, as Sen. McCain suspends his campaign and returns to the nation’s capital to deal with this economic crisis, Sen. Obama says it’s all a stunt and that he will keep campaigning.

So, the answer to your question is that Sen. Obama will do what he did 135 in the Illinois State Senate: he’ll vote “present”.

Blaise on September 24, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Obama can’t take a position for fear he might wind up on the losing end of it. I don’t mind leadership being wrong, but I can’t stand it being spineless.

Squids suck.

pugwriter on September 24, 2008 at 6:39 PM

If McCain takes ownership of the bailout effort and manages to get his suggestions on limiting executive compensation and so on as part of the finished product, he will be able to trot McCain-Dodd on the campaign trail as yet another reform he’s accomplished by working across the aisle. And in a time of crisis, no less.

And what will Obama be able to say? He gave a couple of speeches and raised cash for himself while McCain went to work for the nation.

If that’s what McCain and the Republicans have in mind, this could be the coup of the entire campaign.

Okay, Ed, you put that in terms I can understand. I just couldn’t figure out why McCain would do this because he’d get so slammed by the Press. I get it now, but, I have to say, ‘I hate every minute of it!’ Basically means that for McCain to win we have to go along with him and support the bailout. I don’t! I simply refuse to be socialistic.

Sultry Beauty on September 24, 2008 at 6:40 PM

So, the answer to your question is that Sen. Obama will do what he did 135 in the Illinois State Senate: he’ll vote “present”.

Blaise on September 24, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Actually, he’ll be voting “not present”

Sir Andrew on September 24, 2008 at 6:40 PM

McCain’s manuever also guarantees a big audience if he shows up for the debate. Obama presumably wanted the switch to foreign policy for the first debate, because it was on a Friday night, and might not get much attention. His “talk to the dictators” statements in the primaries will come back to haunt him.

This ensures it will get more, although, again, it is a risk if McCain doesn’t do well. Given McCain’s experience in debates, I think that’s less likely than Obama, uh, blowing it.

Wethal on September 24, 2008 at 6:40 PM

“Change we can believe in”

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”

–Just words

“Country first”

–A matter of principle put into action.

hit and run on September 24, 2008 at 6:40 PM

i hope you’re right ed. you made some very good points. mccain will obviously get made fun of, criticized but he could come out a winner.

obama needs to be there also. not just give stump speeches. thats not leadership.

venicesurfer on September 24, 2008 at 6:40 PM

No, he’ll show up with his sleeves rolled up and offer to fill Barry in later on what he’s been doing all week.

JustTruth101 on September 24, 2008 at 6:31 PM

and it’s a foreign policy debate, right? McCain doesn’t really need much prep for that, if any.

funky chicken on September 24, 2008 at 6:41 PM

Well put, Ed. That’s the upside of this whole gamble, and if it works out for McCain, he’s snatched another issue from Obama and made it his own, and a strength at that.

Once again, the Obama campaign has been caught flat-footed, just like they were a few weeks ago with the Palin nomination. If voters take notice, and many will, it’s not going to be good for The One.

thirteen28 on September 24, 2008 at 6:41 PM

That’s a big IF, Ed, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed. I’d rather see Dodd fry for allowing this to happen, but the Country’s economy is too important. If working with him to prevent a meltdown is what it takes, so be it.

BadgerHawk on September 24, 2008 at 6:41 PM

The bailout is not popular and implementing it won’t have demonstrably positive results in time for the November election.

So explain to me again how McCain benefits if this is passed? Or is this simply window dressing so he can say he tried when the bill fails because the GOP overwhelmingly seems to be voting against it?

jim m on September 24, 2008 at 6:42 PM

This also squarely places McCain in the lead of his own campaign and puts Palin, and rightly so, on the back burner as the VP. I think it does this without hurting her popularity and places McCain out in front as the leader of this ticket.

EyesOpen on September 24, 2008 at 6:42 PM

If this works, it WORKS

I think it will, but if it don’t…….

those Obama coins will become Legal Tender

Janos Hunyadi on September 24, 2008 at 6:42 PM

The democrats will now do everything they can to destroy any chance of a bail out bill.

They can not afford losing this issue, it would give McCain the election.

rockhauler on September 24, 2008 at 6:43 PM

many thanks- THIS is the thought I will carry with me for the remainder of my evenings activities.

That- and the image of Obama in his hotel room preening in front of mirror- practicing his presidential look.

anniekc on September 24, 2008 at 6:43 PM

this could be the coup of the entire campaign

yup, gonna be tough for Barry O to spin his way out of this one. The stupid part is that everything during a Presidential campaign can be construed as “politics.” Everything. So it’s not only foolish of Obama to refuse to join McCain in DC, it could quite possibly be catastrophic.

All the spin in the world won’t change the way this looks to everyday Americans. McCain paused his campaign to do his job; Obama opted to go to fundraisers and prepare for a debate.

dugan on September 24, 2008 at 6:44 PM

Is there a statue of Reid in the fetal position somewhere in Nevada?

Chuck Schick on September 24, 2008 at 6:44 PM

Palin’s interview is up now!

Enoxo on September 24, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Maverick is just doing the job he was elected to do (and that doesn’t include running for president). Barry is doing what he’s always done – - try to further his career. This shows me that Barry, if elected POTUS, would likely suspend his presidency (the job he’d be elected to do) during the last year of his 1st term so he could campaign for his second term, despite any crisis going on at that time.

Rick on September 24, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Harry Reid reminds me of George Costanza.

MedSchoolCatholic on September 24, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Palin’s interview up. First question is Couric asks about Rick Davis’ payments. Oy. So much for nice talks.

Enoxo on September 24, 2008 at 6:46 PM

When McCain called Reid’s bluff — and that’s what appears to have happened here — Reid did what Reid always does: retreat.

………………… and fart dust!

Seven Percent Solution on September 24, 2008 at 6:46 PM

So if Barry isn’t needed NOW during this time of high crisis why in Hell is he there?

SouthernGent on September 24, 2008 at 6:46 PM

McCain is still going to have to do the debate on Friday, most likely, but he should ensure the subject is switched to the economy.

BadgerHawk on September 24, 2008 at 6:47 PM

Is there a statue of Reid in the fetal position somewhere in Nevada?

Chuck Schick on September 24, 2008 at 6:44 PM

No, but when all is said and done, there should be one of him in the doggy position.

Rick on September 24, 2008 at 6:47 PM

Reid is just a match stick figure… I wish someone would light him on fire and waste his butt.

upinak on September 24, 2008 at 6:49 PM

While Obama went out and sucked up to fundraisers, McCain built the bipartisan compromise that saved the American financial system.

Are you talking about perception only? Because any idea that a “bipartisan reform bill” would save anything ignores McCain-Kennedy immigration. Oh and how’s that McCain-Feingold bipartisan reform bill working out in getting the icky money “out of politics”? In terms of perception, I’ll go along with your point, but not reality.

Weight of Glory on September 24, 2008 at 6:49 PM

McCain’s gambit is being portrayed as a publicity stunt.

Game over.

I yield to nobody (except the First Dude) in my appreciation for Sarah Palin. I agreed with Rush when he called McCain “McBrilliant” for choosing her.

But even I can’t refrain from rolling my eyes at the transparency of McCain’s suspension.

Game over.
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RJGatorEsq. on September 24, 2008 at 6:49 PM

They can not afford losing this issue, it would give McCain the election.

rockhauler on September 24, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Whoever seizes the leadership on this issue deserves to win the election. Why talk about leadership abstractly to voters? Here’s not only an opportunity to show it, but a necessity.

McCain is an interesting risk taker. I hadn’t sufficiently appreciated that about him before. (Obama seems to understand today that it’s now or never for him). A great prize is being battled for. I confess to wishing I could watch as a spectator sometime.

How’s that proverb go? May you live in interesting times…

JiangxiDad on September 24, 2008 at 6:50 PM

Reid is such a jerk. Talk about playing politics instead of focusing on the task at hand.

krispy on September 24, 2008 at 6:51 PM

JiangxiDad on September 24, 2008 at 6:50 PM

Have you been hiding all day?

upinak on September 24, 2008 at 6:51 PM

Oooopsies!

SouthernGent on September 24, 2008 at 6:51 PM

I don’t think McCain’s announcement matters a hill-of-beans.

What matters is what he is able to do in D.C. in the next several days.

He has to make a difference – not just a show.

jake-the-goose on September 24, 2008 at 6:52 PM

I think Reid fears more than just the idea that McCain will “risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation’s economy.”

Inject politics? Into important talks about the future of the nation?

Why, Harry, that would be almost as reprehensible as say, a national politician cheerleading for America’s defeat in a war, just because that certain hypothetical politician thought that there was a personal political benefit to be gained if his country was defeated militarily.

And we all know that no politician would ever sink as low as that!

Um, we do know that, don’t we Harry?

Cicero43 on September 24, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Have you been hiding all day?

upinak on September 24, 2008 at 6:51 PM

heh.

Been thinking.

JiangxiDad on September 24, 2008 at 6:53 PM

But even I can’t refrain from rolling my eyes at the transparency of McCain’s suspension.

Game over.
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RJGatorEsq. on September 24, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Nonsense. Obama and Reid’s cynicism is what’s transparent here.

RushBaby on September 24, 2008 at 6:53 PM

Oooopsies!

SouthernGent on September 24, 2008 at 6:51 PM

Oops indeed.

Weight of Glory on September 24, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Even the DNC knows there’s no reason for Barack to rush back to work on the financial crisis, he’ll be voting present anyway.

Speakup on September 24, 2008 at 6:54 PM

heh.

Been thinking.

JiangxiDad on September 24, 2008 at 6:53 PM

Great! Should I run to the bank and retreive all my money?

upinak on September 24, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Reid got too many swirlies in high school.

HornetSting on September 24, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Go see Drudge front page…Letterman is bagging hard on McCain for skipping the Late Show appearance scheduled for tonight to head back to DC.

Letterman has hit rock bottom. I didnt see the vid, but $100 says the audience HOWLED with laughter and Bronx cheers.

Oh well, just another day in US media/entertainment-land.

Mike D. on September 24, 2008 at 6:55 PM

The democrats will now do everything they can to destroy any chance of a bail out bill.

They can not afford losing this issue, it would give McCain the election.

rockhauler on September 24, 2008 at 6:43 PM

NOT AN OPTION

If the stock market tanks 2,000 points or more in the wake of a breakdown in talks resulting from Democratic insistence on a stimulus plan or something… that would be losing this issue and the election. It would give the Democrats total ownership of the catastrophe. Any resistance they put up will be for show, just like during the Surge and post-Surge pullout debates – which, if they had “won,” would have given them total ownership of a catastrophe in the Middle East.

Politics is made up of real life- and wealth-affecting policy as well as soap opera. The Dems’ backs are against the wall on this one – ours are, too.

CK MacLeod on September 24, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Great! Should I run to the bank and retreive all my money?

upinak on September 24, 2008 at 6:54 PM

You mean you haven’t done it yet?

Rick on September 24, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Aside from Joe Lieberman, who else do you think might cross the aisle to join McCain on a bipartisan alternative to the Paulson plan?

Come on. It’s so obvious. Hillary!

Terrie on September 24, 2008 at 6:56 PM

The democrats will now do everything they can to destroy any chance of a bail out bill.

They can not afford losing this issue, it would give McCain the election.

rockhauler on September 24, 2008 at 6:43 PM
——
And hand 20lb sledgehammer issues to their Repub opponents in their re-election bid. (remember, 1/3 of the Senate and *all* of the Reps are also up – “My opponent blocked compromise legislation…” is killer if the economy does tank bad)

Since Reid and Pelosis’ majorities are both razor-thin, I think there are enough Dems who will work with Maverick on this one.

I don’t like it – but it’s this or wait for the Obama Plan (co-written by Pelosi and Reid) to come along with the Obama presidency…

Mew

acat on September 24, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Also, just as a side, what democrats in the senate are going to stick their necks out, against their leadership, to push forward any legislation that McCain could take credit for, when that will cut the legs out from under their own party’s candidate? Lieberman? Who else? How brave do you think those Blue Dogs will be when it comes down to October presidential politics?

Weight of Glory on September 24, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Great! Should I run to the bank and retreive all my money?

upinak on September 24, 2008 at 6:54 PM

The key to security is diversification. Put some in the mattress, bury some in the backyard.

Cicero43 on September 24, 2008 at 6:59 PM

McCain is playing ploitical Five Card Texas Hold ‘em while sitting on a flush. McCain has bumped and knows The One has garbage, can’t check and is no position to bluff!

Jack.

Jack Deth on September 24, 2008 at 6:59 PM

Great! Should I run to the bank and retreive all my money?

upinak on September 24, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Nope. It’s safer in the bank.

JiangxiDad on September 24, 2008 at 6:59 PM

But even I can’t refrain from rolling my eyes at the transparency of McCain’s suspension.

Game over.
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RJGatorEsq. on September 24, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Nonsense. Obama and Reid’s cynicism is what’s transparent here.

RushBaby on September 24, 2008 at 6:53 PM

Exactly, RusyBaby.

Game reset.

And, by the way, it’s not a game.

CK MacLeod on September 24, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Cicero43 on September 24, 2008 at 6:59 PM

Yeah, you stinkin rich guys with your mattresses and backyards.

JiangxiDad on September 24, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Oooopsies!

SouthernGent on September 24, 2008 at 6:51 PM
Oops indeed.

Weight of Glory on September 24, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Thankfully it doesn’t look like there is anything bad in the e-mail. Imagine if it said “Suspending campaign because internals polling looks awful and this is a total hail mary”.

BadgerHawk on September 24, 2008 at 7:00 PM

You mean you haven’t done it yet?

Rick on September 24, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Awwwweeee geez, I was hoping I didn’t have to!

upinak on September 24, 2008 at 7:00 PM

If Obama is not in D.C., would he be able to actually vote on any bill that comes up? I thought you had to be present.

Maybe Reid will hold off a vote until Sunday to allow Obama to do his debate stunt and still get in on the bill.

SouthernRoots on September 24, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Democrats LOVE misery.

They need this crisis so they can come in and SAVE the day…on your dime!

HornetSting on September 24, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Nope. It’s safer in the bank.

JiangxiDad on September 24, 2008 at 6:59 PM

never cared much for Banks. Credit Unions all the way!

upinak on September 24, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Exactly, RusyBaby.

Game reset.

And, by the way, it’s not a game.

CK MacLeod on September 24, 2008 at 7:00 PM

Correct. And it’s bold.

JiangxiDad on September 24, 2008 at 7:02 PM

Obama can probably vote “present” from his cell phone.

HornetSting on September 24, 2008 at 7:02 PM

Yeah, you stinkin rich guys with your mattresses and backyards.

JiangxiDad on September 24, 2008 at 7:00 PM

I won’t even mention my two pairs of shoes then.

Oops.

Cicero43 on September 24, 2008 at 7:03 PM

RE: Leadership

The Obama, and the democrats snipe from the sidelines, tap dance around the carnage, wait until the dust settles and try to grab a chunk for themselves, while McCain jumps right into the middle of the fight.

rockhauler on September 24, 2008 at 7:05 PM

never cared much for Banks. Credit Unions all the way!

upinak on September 24, 2008 at 7:01 PM

In that case, make sure it’s a federally insured credit union. They offer same as FDIC, $100K, $250K on IRA’s.

JiangxiDad on September 24, 2008 at 7:05 PM

WE NEED THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT to LET US KNOW WHERE HE STANDS AND WHAT HE WANTS US TO DO.

That’s because YOU, Harry, have NO CLUE.

originalpechanga on September 24, 2008 at 7:07 PM

McCain’s penchant for bold risk taking shouldn”t really surprise anyone when you recall his first career as a fighter pilot. No shrinking violets, those fighter pilots.

I’m not poltically savvy enough to know with any certainty what will happen with the suspension. I must admit that as someone who cares most about foreign policy and keeping the military strong, een I was thinking that arguing over the surge, Ahmadinejad etc would seem weird following two weeks of nonstop news about how our entire economy may collapse.

Theres been stories about congress tacking extra stuff onto the bailout bill, like the 50 bil stmulus etc. I hope McCain follows through on his primary pledge to ‘make them famous’ if anyone tries sneaking in any of that.

hump1201 on September 24, 2008 at 7:07 PM

McCain is riding in on the October suprise a little early but it will last through to the election. Go white haired Dude. Show the young kids how its done.

rich801 on September 24, 2008 at 7:08 PM

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