John McCain Wants To Be A Senator Again (Albeit Briefly)

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  • John McCain announced this afternoon that he is suspending his campaigning and postponing Friday's debate to head back to Washington to deal with the financial crisis. Basically, he's decided that it's more important for him to come back to D.C. to weigh in on a legislative issue on which he has little expertise than to talk directly to Americans about why they should vote for him in less than 6 weeks because politics should take a back seat right now. There's nothing political about that, nope! [Washington Post]
  • By the way, John McCain's the most absent Senator of the 110th Congress, having missed 64 percent of the votes since January 2007 (more than Obama or Tim Johnson, who had a stroke). He missed voting on a number of pieces of Iraq legislation, the GI Bill, Medicare reform, the economic stimulus package, bills on the house crisis, FISA and the Lebetter pay equity act, among others. But, this, yo, this is some important shit right here. And it's just a coincidence that he tanked in the polls this week. [Washington Post, Think Progress, Huffington Post, The Health Care Blog, AmericaBlog, Tuscon Citizen, Writes Like She Talks]
  • Barack Obama gave a statement this afternoon that was intended to be an announcement of the joint statement he'd agreed to about the bailout with McCain, only to get off the phone and watch McCain get on stage and tell the world he thinks they should postpone the debate. Obama didn't refuse to, but he thinks the American people want to hear what the candidates have to say and that the next President should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. Advantage? Possibly Obama.
  • A new Pew research poll finds that Obama does 2-3 percent better when pollsters call people who only have cell phones. Yeah, he's got your youth vote. In most polls, that's the margin of error, too. [US News & World Report]
  • Even Fox News' polls have Obama up. [Real Clear Politics]
  • Bill Clinton says he hasn't campaigned more vigorously for Obama because of the Jewish holidays. He should probably just shut up now and try actually campaigning. [Politico]
  • Katie Couric's Sarah Palin interviews start tonight. Watch there, comment and cry together in frustration here. [CBS News]

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Jessi Ramsey

Couric: But he's been in Congress for 26 years. He's been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more.

Palin: He's also known as the maverick though, taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what he's been talking about - the need to reform government.

Couric: But can you give me any other concrete examples? Because I know you've said Barack Obama is a lot of talk and no action. Can you give me any other examples in his 26 years of John McCain truly taking a stand on this?

Palin: I can give you examples of things that John McCain has done, that has shown his foresight, his pragmatism, and his leadership abilities. And that is what America needs today.

Couric: I'm just going to ask you one more time - not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.

Palin: I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to you.

SIGH. Prayer Circle at my house.