Perhaps the silver lining in this thick, dark cloud: we are getting back to focusing on the issues that really matter in this campaign. No more lipstick…
UPDATE (3:30 pm): What the …?!!! McCain is suspending the campaign and calling for a delay in the debate?!!… I guess when the momentum of issue #1 is turning against you, you’re not ready to give a real response, and you’ve already unveiled Sarah-who?, the only thing left to do is call for a desperate ”time out” and hope that enough Americans will mistake it as a sign of leadership. But the passage or not of the Treasury proposal certainly does not depend on McCain (or Obama) suspending the presidential campaign. I think what McCain is really doing is asking for an extension on his assignment, because he hasn’t yet got it figured out (not that anyone really has), and thinks he’d get a bad grade if he turned it in on Friday (debate day). If he turns the assignment in late though, I think the American public ought to mark him down a grade or two anyway.
UPDATE #2 (9:30 pm): Senator McCain didn’t just call for a suspension of the campaign and a delay of the debate today; he canceled his scheduled appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. Big mistake, because Dave went on without him, with last-minute substitute Keith Olbermann (that’s how big a mistake you know it was for McCain)… Here’s how it went (video highlights of the taping, posted on YouTube). If you’re reading this before the show airs at 11:30 pm, this is a sneak preview for you.