John McCain's response to a crisis seems to be to run around madly and look for someone he can fire or bomb. Not exactly what I look for in a president, but he keeps proving it over and over.
Conservative George Will jumped off the bus for good with a column yesterday, in which he wrote: "Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama."
Today, McCain takes his panic a step farther. He has unilaterally "suspended" his campaign and wants to delay Friday's debate. An impartial observer might take note of the fact that there's no need for him to rush to Washington to fix the financial crisis, since a) he wouldn't be much help anyway, given his lack of understanding of the whole thing, and b) the last thing Congress needs right now is candidates coming in and muddying the waters with partisan politicking, and c) he hasn't voted since April, why start now?
Postponing the debate probably has more to do with the fact that it was meant to focus on foreign policy, but given the timing couldn't help but include some questions about economic issues, which he is weak on. It's an act of rank cowardice from a man who was once courageous but who is now out for himself and only himself. It's a response to the fact that he's tanking in the polls, and the more people see of his frantic confusion in the face of crisis, the less they want him anywhere near the White House. The Washington Post has Obama up by 9 points today, and even Fox News has Obama up by 6.
Here's an idea, Senator McCain. If you don't recognize that it's during a crisis when a president must be level-headed, reasonable, and courageous, then why not just suspend your campaign permanently. Clearly it's the title you're after, not the job. But they come together, and a president doesn't get to call time-outs whenever things aren't going his way.