The Bailout, The Debate, and McCain

In case anyone was wondering, Barack Obama will do an event in Mississippi tomorrow night, and if John McCain doesn’t show up, he’ll either do an interview with Lehrer or a townhall.

As Ezra points out, this puts McCain in a tough place if a bailout deal doesn’t get done. If McCain decides he has to go to the debate, then he backs down from his “bold” pronouncement that the situation was too important for such silly notions as debating, and looks even more like the drama queen he is. There’s also the slight problem that he probably hasn’t found much time for any sort of extensive debate prep routine, and so he’ll be going in largely unprepared. On the other hand, you reall don’t want your opponent to have that sort of platform by himself. Luckily for McCain, it appears a deal may have been reached.

On an unrelated note of sorts, Democrats are apparently worried that McCain is prepared to pull a political stunt by scuttling the proposal. This is, I think, much too complicated. The sort of move they’re worried about would require some sort of explanation as to why the package was flawed, and would reuire McCain to hit the pavement in some way crafting an alternative. Neither is up McCain’s alley, nor do they involve a focus McCain wants to put on the situation. It seems more likely, at least to me, that McCain is setting himself up to take credit for the whole thing, probably claiming that it was his “action” and presence in Washington that “got things done,” and is proof that McCain is really a great leader. It’s vintage Republican, and right up McCain’s alley.