Letterman speaks for many people when he called into question McCain’s fitness for office.
David Letterman tells audience that McCain called him today to tell him he had to rush back to DC to deal with the economy.
Then 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, Sara 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!”
Representative Barney Frank said about the campaign “suspension: “It’s the longest Hail Mary pass in the history of either football or Marys.”
The Wall Street Journal last week said:
In a crisis, voters want steady, calm leadership, not easy, misleading answers that will do nothing to help. Mr. McCain is sounding like a candidate searching for a political foil rather than a genuine solution.
His recent theatrics will only serve to fuel such concerns about his ability to lead, not to mention his judgment.
The Atlanta Constitution said:
This is a bizarre turn of events.
Neither McCain nor Barack Obama plays a critical role in the congressional process on this issue, so it’s hard to see why their presence in Washington would be so important. In fact, Congress and the administration have been moving toward resolution pretty quickly under the circumstances, with broad areas of agreement emerging on most of the major issues.
McCain’s announcement threatended to screw up progress in Congress as much as it throws the presidential campaign into turmoil. McCain is recapturing the limelight but what is receiving scrutiny is his sanity. This appears to be another ill considered judgment.