Someone Made Bush Look Presidential?I didn't believe it was possible. Bush delivers just about the only truly presidential-sounding speech of his career, while McCain, claiming that he needs to help with the bailout bill, suspends his campaign and cancels his part in the debate at the end of this week(which will still go on as planned). I guess because in this case, being shot down in flames will not make him look like a hero.It couldn't have anything to do, of course, with the multiple self-inflicted blows his tottering campaign have suffered this week. It couldn't mean that he's afraid. Neither could his refusal to let Palin even answer a question on what she learned(if anything) from her first-ever meeting with world leaders this week. Or now, his attempt to cancel the VP debate as well. Or that even Laura Bush agrees she lacks foreign policy knowledge, credentials, or experience, and was willing to say so on the record.Nobody is falling for this. It's not like his vote is even crucial, and you can't be a "maverick" and also be a "rally the troops" guy, so everyone can tell this is just a stunt. As just reported about 15 minutes ago on the Newshour, the votes exist to pass this tomorrow. And by continuing to resist it, the house Republicans, who'd planned to force the Democrats to have only their fingerprints on it, may now cause the Democrats to become--to the public--the grown-ups, and the heroes, in this situation.As Letterman put it:
"He can't run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sarah Palin. Where is she? What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"
Labels: election 2008, politics