What they’re saying: Chaos in Washington

Sen. John McCain had intended to ride back into Washington Thursday as a leader who had put aside presidential politics to help broker a solution to the financial crisis. Instead he found himself in the midst of a remarkable partisan showdown, lacking a clear public message for how to bring it to an end.

The day’s events produced a lot of analysis and reaction.

Steve Kornacki writes in the New York Observer: “After a tentative bipartisan deal was announced, John McCain breathed new life into the House conservatives’ bailout opposition, and that fundamentally changed the nature of the White House meeting later on Thursday.  When the meeting broke up, it was obvious that progress toward a resolution had dramatically regressed over the course of Thursday afternoon – a regression that coincided with McCain’s arrival in Washington and his insertion of himself into the negotiations.”

The Associated Press described the conservative Republican alternative to the Bush administration’s bailout proposal.

And William Kristol wondered about McCain’s choices now: Is there a third way?

Meanwhile, on Wall Street, the extraordinary government intervention continued Thursday:  In what is by far the largest bank failure in U.S. history, federal regulators seized Washington Mutual  Inc. and struck a deal to sell the bulk of its operations to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Tonight’s debate, Dan Balz writes, will unavoidably be partly about the economy, probably from the first question, even though it was officially scheduled to focus on foreign policy. The AP reports that MCain will attend the debate.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Barbara & Jon Scoll on 09/26/2008 - 11:39 am.

    For the Republicans, this is a reckoning long awaited. Since Bush’s inaugural in 2001, their boast has been that what counts as “reality” is what they manufacture, not what’s actually happening beyond the White House fence.

    It worked for 9-11. It worked for Iraq, the Middle East, and the rest of U.S. foreign policy. It worked for domestic policy and legislation. It worked in the military and in the judiciary. Most of all, it worked in the regulatory agencies, as they cheerfully did the bidding of the industries they were supposed to regulate. Financial institution regulation, in particular, became an oxymoron.

    Now, at long last, Americans can see themselves as the rest of the world does. Their emperor has no clothes.

  2. Submitted by Ali Khajawall on 09/27/2008 - 11:59 am.

    Bipartisanship and ? Maverick McCain.

    Dear concerned citizens of America and Mass Media of the U.S.A.
    As a concerned registered independent voter, forensic psychiatrist, disabled American I made my decision to vote after taking into consideration following joint tickets attributes and characteristics.

    1. Has the ticket shown adequate calmness, coolness, and connectedness’s under pressure to lead our nation [Presidential Temperament]?
    2. Has the ticket shown sustained sound “Judgment and Caliber”?
    3. Has the ticket shown adequate understanding of depth and degree to address the crucial challenges in their their purpose, policies, and positions [ Honesty, integrity and sincerity]?
    4. Has the ticket sufficient “understanding and knowledge” of inside Washington workings [Experience]”?
    5. Has the ticket reservoir resilience, wisdom, and vigor to address the present and future f our beloved “Great-grand Nation”?
    6. Has the ticket enough joint foreign policy experience and exposure based on ” Values, Virtues, Vastness, and ” [American moral soul]”?
    7. Has their campaign talk, slogans, ads, plans, and programs based on facts and are they free of fear, fiction, frivolous labels, unfair attacks, negativity, and impulsively? [No “imminent danger to national
    security and safety”].
    8. Has the ticket genuinely kept on message of country first and politics last and avoided copying [Message change”]?
    9.Has the ticket message stayed away from Culture divide and war[ Disaster prevention ]?
    10. Has the ticket resisted being surrounded, supported and surrogate’s by divisiveness, distortion’s, and destructive characters, [ Real patriotism VS shiftiness and shameless parrot-ism]?
    11. Has the ticket thoughtful, real non-partisan, & non-impulsive plans to address our current economic crisis or political tactics and temperamental statements.
    I have personally and professionally concluded that OBAMA-BIDEN ticket will lift and inspire our greatgrand nation back to its greatness within and restore our global standing with the use of maximum, firm
    international diplomacy and minimal force if and when indicated {” Peace thru Strenght “}.
    12. The era of responsibility has to replace irresponsibility and unaccountability will change to accountability and transparency. The Wall Street greed will change to Main Street need.
    13. Temperamental and Angry McCain is out to play and create a card mistrust and distress around Obama with the Vail of claim that he will bring bipartisanship in Washington DC. He is destroying him claim every by painting Obama naive. It is tragic, sad, and unfortunate that so called Maverick McCain has already generated a disdain and demeaning face off in the debates and bailout suggestion. Obama is real Presidential and he maintained a smile during the debate and while McCain had a constant grin and disdain towards Obama.

    Yours sincerely,

    COL. A.M.Khajawall [Ret] MD.
    Forensic psychiatrist, Disabled American Veteran and Iraq
    Freedom team. Grass roots California leader per Senator McCain’s

    PS: It is sad and unfortunate that Hon, Temperamental and angry Maverick McCain had a constant grin and disdain towards his debater.

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