McCain to Phone It In Today
John McCain's claim that the bailout bill required his personal attention, a claim that prompted him to suspend his campaign (except for all the campaigning he did during the suspension) and to blow off the debate (except for his participation in it), is all the more difficult to swallow today. If the bill is so important that only McCain can lead his party's negotiations, where is McCain today?
Mr. McCain remained in his condominium in Arlington, Va., until 12:30 p.m. Saturday, when he emerged and made a one-minute trip in his motorcade to his campaign headquarters around the corner.
Mark Salter confirmed that McCain won't go to Capitol Hill today, but will make sure negotiations "move along" by talking on the telephone.
Asked why Mr. McCain did not go to Capitol Hill after coming back to Washington to help with negotiations, Mr. Salter replied that "he can effectively do what he needs to do by phone."
Apparently McCain didn't learn until this morning that telephones exist. At least McCain is likely to do less damage if he stays away.
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