Is McCain fucking kidding?
Though how much do I love Obama?
"It's my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who, in approximately 40 days, will be responsible for dealing with this mess," Obama said at a news conference in Clearwater, Fla. "It's going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once."
THIS MUCH. With extra props to Harry Reid for the whole "No, really, we're good." thing.
Here's the thing. There is
some urgency to figuring out what the frak to do. It's fraked up the whole credit industry because nobody wants to do anything until they know what laws are going to change. Some of the companies themselves can't get credit and they need credit for pesky things like payroll (which applies from the executives all the way down to the person living paycheck to paycheck down in the mailroom.)
So it's not total
bullshit to say that faster would be better than slow.
bullshit is hopping on the latest version of "DO THIS OR THE TERRORISTS WILL WIN" to say that we should basically give a $700B check which he could then use to bail out the economy or load himself up on all the Hummel figurines his Ebay searches can find. (I believe option #2 was the cornerstone of Reganomics.)
And damn near everyone with a brain
is aware of this, and in addition to those with brains even Congress
is aware of this (zing!) Also anyone with a brain would know that two extra senators, neither of whom are strong on economics, are not going to be the ones to walk in and find the solution after they also team up to solve crime.
My guess is that what McCain is actually doing - other than flushing his campaign down the toilet like a meth user hearing a police siren - is trying to do a Bush-style binary equation. He knows if anybody sat him down and asked for his economic views he'd flounder worse than a Filet-O-Fish. But if he can grab the mike and go "Hey, I could
speechify on the subject but I'm too busy CARING ABOUT AMERICA." At which point he tries to push Obama into a corner where either he suspends his campaign too or he admits to using the American flag for toilet paper. Unfortunately for McCain Obama picked option C which was to call McCain on his bullshit. Which is why we love him.
I also suspect that McCain's move is a Republican party move - or at least Dubya's corner of the party - because it's an attempt to hold the presidential campaign hostage until the bill passes. A key quote stood out to me here: "It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the administration's proposal." In other words, McCain thinks the best route is to back Bush. He's not even addressing the Hummel figure aspects of the plan, he just thinks we should back the plan. And if we don't back that plan we should back one that's only slightly modified, such as one that's the same thing but restricts Paulson from making ICanHasDiamondDickWiperNau as his Ebay username.
So what it really boils down to is that McCain's trying to pull a Dubya move and it is backfiring on him. Thank God