Friday, September 26, 2008

the debate will go on

santas pelotas.

just days after saying that the debate needed to be halted because of the economy, we hear McCain saying this:

"My strong sense is that the best thing that I can do, rather than to inject presidential politics into some delicate negotiations, is to go down to Mississippi and explain to the American people what is going on and my vision for leading the country over the next four years."

oh, really? compare that to what Obama said when McCain offered that half-baked idea to cancel tonight's debate:

"I think there's no reason why we can't be constructive in helping to solve this problem and also tell the American people what we believe, and where we stand, and where we want to take the country."

gee, thanks for finally waking up and smelling the coffee, McCain. the suggestion that the debates should be postponed until the financial crisis was solved is completely absurd. however anyone feels about that ridiculous bailout, i don't think anyone can say with a straight face that the economic problems will be solved within the two hours it would take to do the debate, or even within the scope of days or weeks. years of bad decisions got us into this mire, and it's going to take months if not years to get even partially out of it. i could just maybe understand postponing the debate if there were some kind of crisis that required immediate response to move along from it within the scope of minutes or hours or days: something like another hurricane katrina or another september 11th, something that involved large-scale physical destruction. but, the economy? cancelling the debate is going to do nothing to solve the economy. only long-term, large-scale planning coordinated across many people will do anything to fix that problem, and hearing Obama's and McCain's response to this problem that one of them will doubtless inherit in a few months will do a lot more to help the situation than anything either of them could spend a few hours tonight in washington doing.

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