John McCain, in a clear sign that he's had an anxiety attack, canceled just about everything of significance on his calendar, including Friday's scheduled debate with his Democratic opponent, Barack Obama.
Weirder and weirder, as someone in Alice in Wonderland might have said.
And someone might also say: The problem here, stupid, is the economy.
McCain knows very little about the ways in which everyday people are suffering from it.
For crying out loud, his wife Cindy wears jewels and dresses worth many hundreds of thousands of collars. Plus, the McCains have 13 cars, and they don't even know how many homes.
Now, with the nation on the front end of a financial meltdown, McCain finally realizes something is wrong here and that he's going to have to lots of people in lots of pain.
Even George Bush, his political twin, is frantic fashioning jerry-built solutions to the Wall Street crisis. McCain knows that he's got to study this economy thing and come up with something of significance to say.
As for Obama, if he and his advisers have their act together, and if the debate finally happens, they will hit McCain hard with McCain's acknowledged ignorance about the economy and his 13 vehicles.
As of this writing, it's unclear whether the Mississippi debate will actually happen, whether McCain may be shamed into showing up.
Among the angry people now is David Letterman, who skewered McCain for canceling an appearance on Letterman's Wednesday show.
Here's what the HuffingtonPost, via Drudge, had to say about the insult to Dave Letterman and Letterman's anger:
"In the middle of the taping Dave got word that McCain was, in fact just down the street being interviewed by Katie Couric. Dave even cut over to the live video of the interview, and said, "Hey Senator, can I give you a ride home? . . .
Earlier in the show, Dave kept saying, "You don't suspend your campaign. This doesn't smell right. This isn't the way a tested hero behaves." And he joked: "I think someone's putting something in his metamucil. . .
"He can't run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sarah Palin. Where is she? . . .
"What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"
McCain said earlier Wednesday that he was canceling Letterman and the debate because he wanted to show up in Washington and deal with Bush's $700 billion plan to bail out Wall Street.
Presumably McCain's main goal is to reduce embarrassment for himself and, by extension, his political partner Bush.
On it goes.
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