POLITICAL observations & opinions

* NYT: John McCain adds confusion but no leadership

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 26, 2008

ADAM NAGOURNEY and ELISABETH BUMILLER write in today’s NYT …

  • John McCain now finds himself in the middle of an ideological war that pits conservative Republicans, loath to spending so much taxpayer money on Wall Street, against the Bush White House, which, with the support of Democrats and a sizable number of Republicans, sees a bailout package as essential to averting a potential economic disaster.
  • A New York Times/CBS News poll released Thursday found new evidence that the deteriorating economic environment was helping Mr. Obama.
    • Voters who said the economy was the key issue for them were far more likely to support Mr. Obama.
    • And 64 percent of voters expressed confidence in Mr. Obama’s ability to make the right decision on the economy, compared with 55 percent who said they were confident in Mr. McCain’s ability
  • Senator John McCain had intended to ride back into Washington on Thursday as a leader who had put aside presidential politics to help broker a solution to the financial crisis. Instead he found himself in the midst of a remarkable partisan showdown, lacking a clear public message for how to bring it to an end.
    • At the bipartisan White House meeting Mr. McCain sat silently for more than 40 minutes, more observer than leader, and then offered only a vague sense of where he stood, said people in the meeting.
    • there was no evidence that he was playing a major role in the frantic efforts on Capitol Hill to put a deal back together again.
    • the day’s events succeeded most of all in raising questions about precisely why Mr. McCain had called for postponing the first debate and returned to Washington to focus on the bailout plan, and what his own views were about what should be done.

For the entire article, click … http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/26/us/politics/26campaign.html?hp

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