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At Last, I Get It
John McCain Has Wanted To "Help" Senator Reid For A Rather Long Time
I’ll be the first to admit it. I’ll laugh at myself on this one so that you guys don’t have to. John McCain wasn’t sacrificing anything by suspending his campaign. He was calling “Vegas Harry’s” bluff. Senator Reid opined that he could read minds when he offered up the following bit of “truthiness” regarding Senator McCain’s position on the bailout.
“I got some good news in the last hour or so … it appears that Sen. McCain is going to come out for this,” Reid announced.
It seems Reid had described McCain’s actual position about as accurately as Senator Joseph Biden had described FDR’s Fireside Chats. He managed to vibrate between the quantum state of ignorant and the quantum state of wrong.
Senator McCain is so far from supporting the current package that he suspended his campaign for office to return to the Senate and thrash out a more workable version. His displeasure with the current version is expressed in a joint statement released by both John McCain and his opponent Senator Barack Obama.
“The American people are facing a moment of economic crisis. No matter how this began, we all have a responsibility to work through it and restore confidence in our economy. The jobs, savings, and prosperity of the American people are at stake,” the joint statement said.
The plan that has been submitted to Congress by the Bush Administration is flawed, but the effort to protect the American economy must not fail,” Sen. Obama (Ill.) and McCain (Ariz.) stated.
This statement does not reflect support for the plan as it now stands. It reflects support for changing at least some if not all of it. It suggests Senator McCain intends to remind more than a few people of what he thinks they should have done back in 2005. Senator Reid helped make sure that nothing got done in 2005 and is in no mood to accept that sort of public rebuke.
Senator Reid no longer wants Senator McCain’s support. He’s now afraid that Senator McCain would actually show up and do some work. He issued a statement attempting to make John McCain from making him look rather puny and pathetic.
A Democrat tells ABC News that, in a phone call late this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that it would NOT be helpful for him to come back to Washington, D.C., to work on the Wall Street bailout bill.
So Senator McCain is not shutting down the Presidential Campaign garbage to sacrifice his candidacy on the alter of a dumb bailout bill. He’s going to DC to demonstatrate what happens when Chuck Norris runs out of gum. I wouldn’t want to be John McCain’s friend Harry Reid.