The second is suspending his campaign to go to Capitol Hill and settle the bailout mess. This is extremely better than his previous dumb stuff like calling for the SEC chair to be fired.
McCain has managed to do multiple good things at once with today's shrewd move:
- He shows that he sees himself as a leader, at least of his party, if not Congress and the country.
- He looks like he cares more about the country than his campaign.
- He shows a predisposition to action.
- When a bill inevitably passes, he can claim some credit for the outcome, which will doubtless have salutary effects in the short term.
- He has taken initiative away from his opponent, who is forced either to comply or find some grounds to object.
Really, we think Obama is running like Thomas Dewey in 1948, trying to commit to nothing so as not to lose. By doing nothing, he risks Truman's "do-nothing" label being applied to him as Truman applied it to the Republican Congress that fateful year.