What a day. One writer called Wednesday’s events “a daring duel of political brinkmanship” during “a compelling day of political bluff and counter-bluff.”
Sen. John McCain announced he was suspending his campaign to help negotiate the financial rescue package in Washington — and that he thought Friday’s debate with Sen. Barack Obama should be postponed. Obama said he thought the debate should go on; a joint statement was issued. Both were invited by President Bush to the White House, along with congressional leaders, to discuss the package. The day was capped with a TV appearance by Bush, explaining the origins of the financial crisis and appealing for quick congressional action.
The political and financial worlds are abuzz. Here’s a sampling of what observers are saying today:
News stories and analysis:
Christian Science Monitor: “In risky move, McCain calls for debate delay”
Washington Post: “Selfless or reckless? McCain gambles on voters’ verdict”
Agence France-Presse (AFP): “Financial crisis creates daring duel for McCain, Obama”
Rocky Mountain News: “Political pros dissect McCain’s debate move”
Politico: “Dodd praises ‘quantum leap’ from Bush”
Newspaper editorials weigh in:
Columnists’ and bloggers’ reactions:
Harold Meyerson, Washington Post: “McCain’s Ploy”
William Kristol, National Review: “A presidential McCain”
Mickey Kaus, Slate: “McCain: Drama Queen”
Bob Franken, Huffington Post: ” ‘Cool Hand Luke’ ” it isn’t”
And then there was Letterman.
Susan Albright, co-managing editor of MinnPost, can be reached at salbright [at] minnpost [dot] com.