To which most of Congress and the majority of Americans reply: Shut up and let me go!
John McCain announced this morning that he WILL debate tonight. From the campaign's press release:
So McCain said he was suspending his campaign (he didn't) until the bill was completed (it wasn't). It is, of course farther from completion than it was before he arrived in Washington yesterday and all signs indicate that he's the one who threw the monkey wrench into the gears. And now, with that work done, he's going to a debate after all.
At a moment of crisis that threatened the economic security of American families, Washington played the blame game rather than work together to find a solution...The Democratic interests stood together in opposition to an agreement that would accommodate additional taxpayer protections.
(Sen. McCain) is optimistic that there has been significant progress toward a bipartisan agreement...The McCain campaign is resuming all activities and the Senator will travel to the debate this afternoon. Following the debate, he will return to Washington to ensure that all voices and interests are represented in the final agreement, especially those of taxpayers and homeowners.
Furthermore, if the bill turns out to be anything like the 700 million bailout that everyone says is necessary, then McCain officially loses the base for not stopping it. I am salivating to read the polls this weekend.
In fact, if this whole financial meltdown has a silver lining, it's the schadenfreude that McCain is generating for Democrats. We don't relish the disaster, just the one guy that it's bringing down. It's kind of like rooting for the crocodile in Peter Pan, I suppose.