The media has bought this blather from McCain that he was suspending his campaign, so McCain could ride into Washington and save the country. My friends, let’s make no mistake about it. McCain went to Washington, threw the discussions about the markets into absolute chaos, continued his ads, continued to collect money, made a major speech, and continued to have his whacked vice presidential nominee campaign. The notion that John McCain suspended his campaign is ludicrous. Barack Obama’s campaign agrees with Toobin and issued this press release:
John McCain sought to change the subject from his out-of-touch response to the economic crisis with a big announcement that he was ‘suspending’ his campaign. But the only thing McCain really wants suspended is the American people’s disbelief. In fact, he’s been in full campaign mode the entire time…
When McCain finally arrived in Washington, almost twenty-four hours after his announcement — and after Congressional leadership announced a deal in principle — he huddled with his lobbyist campaign advisers while his running mate held a political rally and his political spokesmen and surrogates were out in full force, continuing to attack Barack Obama.
So make no mistake: John McCain did not ‘suspend’ his campaign. He just turned a national crisis into an occasion to promote his campaign. It’s become just another political stunt, aimed more at shoring up the Senator’s aimed more at shoring up the Senator’s political fortunes than the nation’s economy. And it does nothing to help advance this critical legislation to protect the American people during this time of economic crisis.