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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    Haven't you noticed that McCain sleeps in most (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by steviez314 on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 04:09:09 PM EST

    JSM cakewalked through his primary (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Korzhanenko on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 06:00:12 PM EST
    Obama had to face Hillary for a year. It was almost a Presidential contest in itself.

    The comparisons don't work, for one.

    And further more, Obama's been hitting more spots per day, whereas McCain has stopped several times to either attend a Navy football game or to just relax.

    Ageism has nothing to do with it. My dad had a stroke and he still worked his ass off and provided for my family and I despite being in his 60s but he was always tired before noon.

    A campaign ages you and makes you look old relatively quickly. McCain looks sharp at times - and other times, it shows he's over 70.

    He needs these breaks more than Obama. It doesn't mean he won't be an effective leader on that point alone - it just means he doesn't have the perfect body/health for it.

    And I'd add that neither did JFK. The man was probably one of the most unhealthy people to have ever been President.


    He got into DC at 4AM (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by nycstray on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 06:11:43 PM EST
    and reportedly worked the phones until 5 or 6PM. Made 15-17 phone calls including to Bush, Paulson and numerous Republicans.

    Learn something before you post about my taste (none / 0) (#12)
    by steviez314 on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 08:35:41 PM EST
    I like how all the journalists/pundits (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by Korzhanenko on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 04:22:42 PM EST
    Were talking about how serious he was taking this bailout plan and was "likely" to head back to Washington right after the debate.

    My first comment btw. I've been reading this site for awhile now (since before the primaries ended) and I find this place to be less of an echo chamber than DailyKos is (although I do like some authors there).

    I didn't think Obama did well last night; but then again, everytime one of our boys did well, save Kerry's first debate, it was the indies and uncommitted folks who went for GWB. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that a similar thing happened here.

    I don't know whether to feel totally happy however, as it seems to speak to the glaring reality that has always got me down: this country is kinda filled with people who don't care. I think Obama could've been professorial and could have looked smart but instead he went for the middle road and ended up looking very much like "one of us".

    Which I assume was what his team has been coaching him on.

    So, politically, I am pleased; but as an American, I feel ashamed at our electorate.

    Obama did what he had to do (none / 0) (#6)
    by barryluda on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 04:32:08 PM EST
    but you're right, it's too bad that being smart and well educated is seen by so many as a negative.

    Welcome to commenting on J's great blog.


    hmm (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by connecticut yankee on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 04:31:49 PM EST
    THe inventor of the blackberry doesnt know about telephones? This is all very strange.

    Heh (none / 0) (#7)
    by barryluda on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 04:32:22 PM EST
    Two bits says he was ordered to stay away (none / 0) (#8)
    by Jake Left on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 04:58:06 PM EST
    by the other republicans. Here in Texas we call it the cockroach effect. It's not what they eat that is the problem; it's what they fall into and mess up.

    NO BANKER LEFT BEHIND (none / 0) (#14)
    by Jeff Morris DeJaVu57 on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 10:53:06 PM EST
     That's what this Wall Street bailout should be titled. The panic on Wall Street is a direct result of bad lending practices. The bad lending practices are a direct result of deregulation in the home mortgage market. I'm a bit disgusted by the attitude being shown by these failing Companies top executives. They want quick passage of a 700 billion dollar bailout, paid by the taxpayers. Yet they're not willing to compromise on their own personal multi billion dollar retirement and severance packages.

      Even though it was their bad policies that bankrupted their own Companies. They took their Company and stock shareholders over the edge of a cliff, and now expect to be rewarded for their mismanagement. These top executives knew these loans were extremely risky. But they just couldn't resist the temptation of the quick buck to be made. Pure Corporate greed.

      Any taxpayer bailout needs strict oversight and specific terms. Lack of oversight was at the core of what got us into this mess. Congress shouldn't be pressured by the White House to rush a quick, but possibly ineffective fix to this. The no oversight, no review, no challenging, no overturning in Court, part of Paulson's bailout plan is anti everything American. Was this a provision insertion from Cheney? I think I smell the foul stench of Deferment Dick in all this. This is the final step in the neo cons looting of the U.S. Treasury. The debt from this bailout, the Iraq war, the tax breaks for the wealthiest... will now total over two trillion dollars! With the National debt exceeding 11 trillion dollars! Could even go much higher.

      Once again the Bush administration acts as if their policies had nothing to do with their latest disaster. But then again, when has the Bush administration ever taken responsibility for any of its failures? The gang that couldn't shoot straight who've brought us the failures of 9-11, Iraq war, Katrina, now the Wall Street meltdown.... If Congress doesn't act quickly then the consequences will be their fault? What a crock!

     Bush and Cheney took us from surplus to record deficit, destroyed our reputation throughout the world, mismanaged their unnecessary war in Iraq. They ignore the rule of law, ignore court subpoenas to testify, trashed our Constitution and what is now our joke of a Justice Dept.... I have to laugh at Sen McSame. Ten days ago he said the fundamentals of our economy are still strong. But ten days later he temporarily suspends his campaign, almost refused to debate Obama, and now claims our economy is in such a crisis he must return to Washington to save the day.... This old man is a clueless fool who is clearly unfit to be our next Commander in Chief......

      Politicians from both parties should be ashamed of themselves if they approve this bailout. The debt to be paid by our children and grand children has become obscene. Why do we Americans continue to pay taxes? Do you like how your money is spent? Corporate bailouts, Iraq, tax breaks for the wealthiest.... If Congress wont stop this bailout, then "We The People" should. It's time for a tax revolt people! Hell, it's time for a full blown Revolution!

      A few years back it was Enron,..Arthur Andersen.... Now Bear and Stearns,..Fannie Mae,..Freddie Mac,..AIG.... It's like a Corporate crime wave swept across our nation these past seven or eight years. What Company will need to be bailed out next week, or next month? Even the Wall Street analysts don't seem to know where the bottom is here. The Bush years can't end soon enough.

    Jeff Morris-Saugerties, N.Y.-  DeJaVu57