Three weeks of historic economic upheaval has done more than just tilt a handful of once-reliably Republican states in Barack Obama’s direction. Democratic strategists are now optimistic that the ongoing crisis could lead to a landslide Obama victory.
Well, maybe they are right and maybe they are wrong about how they can profit from the misery of the average American, but their glee is nonetheless telling. The bailout may not be that popular, and it may indeed end up arriving too late to help given the additional financial institutions that went under while it was pending, but John McCain at least tried to get the deal done when he suspended his campaign to rush back to Washington. Obama never made a single phone call and his leadership put no pressure on its members to support the package the first time around…now we know why.