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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

John McCain Suspends Campaign

BREAKING NEWS: John McCain has suspended his campaign starting tomorrow morning, and has issued a challenge to Senator Obama suggesting he do the same.

The challenge is that both of them should go back to Washington and try to form a bipartisan solution to the financial wranglings on Capital Hill. Clearly, the Arizonan Senator implies, that this $700 Billion bailout will have trouble passing through Congress, due to both Democrats and Republicans not wanting to be the ones to endorse it first.

Furthermore, the debate at Washington University at Mississippi should be suspended, he says.

This is a very big story. The ball is in Senator Obama's camp.

UPDATE: Fox News broke the story. MSNBC hasn't even gotten to it, and after the merest announcement from CNN, they are talking about PETA's urging Ben & Jerry to use mother's milk instead of cow milk, in their ice cream.

UPDATE: This wasn't a whammy out of no where for Senator Obama. Senator McCain gave him a courtesy phone call about this bombshell, before he made his public announcement. They are reading Team Obama's email to Fox News about this on Major Garrett's Blackberry. Now, Obama is saying that he came up with the idea first. This is curious. Developing...

UPDATE: Drudge's massive headline. Wonder what he would've done in 1945 when we won the war?

ADDED: Ironically, Senator Obama also suspended his campaign once. But it was a parody.

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  • This may be brilliant, but I suspect not.

    Suspending campaigning during Gustav mostly allowed a multi-day media assault on Palin (and McCain) to go unanswered.

    By Blogger JSU, at Wed Sep 24, 03:13:00 pm GMT-4  

  • This may be brilliant, but I suspect not.

    I think it's so brilliant, that none of us know how to react properly yet.

    Will it play like:

    "Wow, he's such a maverick he's willing to lose an entire election AGAIN"


    "This is just a bad stunt from a guy losing in the polls"

    I don't know. Both my parents thought it was a genius move. Now, it all depends on how the media will spin it.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Sep 24, 03:20:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Suspending campaigning during Gustav mostly allowed a multi-day media assault on Palin (and McCain) to go unanswered.

    With respect, though, that made people really sit up and notice that the media bias was not just about Hillary, but about Palin too.

    It garnered a lot of sympathy for Palin, and possibly made the viewership of her speech double what it would've been. She knocked it out of the park that night, and the polls soared.

    So you know, silver lining. :)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Sep 24, 03:22:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I say brilliant, and not just naval battle brilliant. The campaign can always resume- not so a highly leveraged Wall street.

    Leadership brilliant

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Wed Sep 24, 04:46:00 pm GMT-4  

  • True, but the GOP doesn't get that sort of unfiltered platform again after their convention.

    The debates, maybe. Maybe.

    By Blogger JSU, at Wed Sep 24, 04:48:00 pm GMT-4  

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    By Blogger JSU, at Wed Sep 24, 05:25:00 pm GMT-4  

  • OK, via Insty, this really would be almost unimaginably brilliant.

    By Blogger JSU, at Wed Sep 24, 05:25:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I think it's stupidly cynical. If economics were his strength it would work but he's made it abundantly clear he's weak on the subject and thus has nothing to bring to the table.

    After the initial impact of reading the headline my next thought was, huh?

    By Anonymous Team Palin, at Wed Sep 24, 06:13:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Maybe this will turn out to be a good idea. But right now ... I think it's plain nuts!

    By Blogger benning, at Wed Sep 24, 07:29:00 pm GMT-4  

  • It may have looked good until today's timeline came out about it. Now it looks pretty bad.

    I just put up a post on McCain's timeline problem at CHT.

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Wed Sep 24, 11:45:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Now it looks pretty bad.

    He is behaving very strangely.

    I'm beginning to think McCain is experiencing some neurological issues - TIA's maybe? He's all over the place with his pronouncements and has something going on with his left eye. Either the lid has dropped and or the eye itself sometimes has an odd glaze and appears to protrude. Seriously, what would happen if a candidate experienced a serious health issue prior to an election?

    By Anonymous Team Palin, at Thu Sep 25, 03:27:00 am GMT-4  

  • Hi Victoria, I found your blog via your comments at Althouse. I like your Sarah Palin coverage. It's nice to go somewhere and actually read positive things about her.

    One small quibble with your post: the debate on Friday is (was?) to be held at the University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss as it is more familiarly called.

    Otherwise, it's an interesting post. My initial response to this decision by McCain was positive, but the more I hear about it, the more I think it might have been a mistake. Only time will tell the impact this move has on his campaign.

    By Blogger Lorelei Leigh, at Thu Sep 25, 05:00:00 pm GMT-4  

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