So we learned today that John McCain cannot multitask, or at least doesn't want to. That's the only conclusion I can draw from his refusal to participate in a debate while this bank bailout thing is pending. Simply put, the President doesn't have the option to call "time out" from the Oval Office, and for McCain to be trying to do this during a campaign tells me that he's not competent to be President. As Obama himself said, "It is ... part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once." (CNN)
Neither McCain's nor Obama's presence is needed to advance the negotiations on the bailout bill. The important parties in this negotiation are already in the room. All Obama and McCain need to do is vote on the bill -- and really their votes won't be needed anyway, since they'll just cancel each other out if they're on opposite sides, and if they're on the same side odds are the bill will pass easily anyway. McCain's call to "suspend the campaign until the bailout is adopted" is a lame form of brinksmanship on his part that more likely conceals that he's tired and running out of money and simply not ready for the debate. He's been spending the whole week lowering expectations as it is.
I understand that McCain is down 10 points on Intrade in the past few hours. Small wonder, that.
In other news, Fox News is spreading the rumor that Biden will drop out after his debate with Palin. Yeah, right.