I have been playing John McCain’s statement and Barack Obama’s press conference, and the hugely negative reaction to Obama’s refusal to join McCain in Washington and work towards a rapid, bipartisan solution to the financial crisis is incredibly negative for Obama. One sample from the e-mails:
What a despicable character Obama is, his response to McCain’s delay of the campaign/debate continues to show his true colors. Can you imagine this guy being in charge if this country were hit with another terrorist attack or worse ! ? Can you imagine him being in charge if Israel strikers Iran?
Obama’s “if they need me I may come” responses are simply incredible, as is his insistence that a debate move forward before any legislation is agreed to. The contrast between McCain as a leader and Obama as a schemer has never been more clear than today, and it will be incredible if a majority of Americans forget this sharp contrast over the next six weeks.
John McCain is absolutely right to focus on the legislation and to suspend his campaign until that solution emerges. Mccain will never be accused of fiddling while the markets burned, while Obama now owns the consequences of putting his political ambitions ahead of the country’s interests.
I guess Obama’s reaction to a terrorist attack would have been to hold another fund-raiser?
Perhaps Obama just doesn’t understand the significance of what is going on?
UPDATE: Harry Reid steps in by teklling John McCain not to come to D.C. after previously saying Mccain was crucial to the resolution of the crisi. The Mccain campaign put out this statement:
“While Senator McCain has suspended campaigning in order to return to Washington and lend his assistance to the negotiations now underway on Capitol Hill, Senator Reid has put out a statement informing McCain that his presence would ‘not be helpful.’ In fact, this is quite a reversal from yesterday, when Senator Reid told reporters ‘We need the Republican nominee for president to let us know where he stands and what we should do.’
“Unfortunately, Senator Reid is putting partisan politics ahead of the business of the American people. But there should be no mistake: 24 hours ago Reid and his Democratic colleagues on the Hill couldn’t have been more desperate for Senator McCain’s help in resolving this crisis. Now they’ve got it.” –McCain-Palin spokesman Brian Rogers
The Same Democrats Decrying Today’s Action By John McCain Are The Same Democrats Who Were Demanding John McCain’s Involvement Yesterday
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV): “We Need The Republican Nominee For President To Let Us Know Where He Stands On What We Should Do.” REID: “We need, now, the Republicans to start producing some votes for us. We need the Republican nominee for president to let us know where he stands and what we should do.” (Sen. Harry Reid, Media Availability, Washington, D.C., 9/23/08)
Roll Call: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Told The White House That Senator John McCain Was Crucial To Any Bailout Deal. “Fearing a political backlash against Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has told the White House that it must serve up support from Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) if it hopes to ensure bipartisan backing for a massive economic bailout package by week’s end.” (Erin P. Billings and John Stanton, “Reid Seeks McCain Pledge,” Roll Call, 9/24/08)
Roll Call: “McCain Holds The Key To … A Bipartisan Vote, According To Reid …” “McCain holds the key to such a bipartisan vote, according to Reid, because Republicans are likely to defer to his position on a bill that holds political peril. McCain on Tuesday night joined Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) in lending qualified support for the $700 billion package, but it remains unclear whether his backing is strong enough and timely enough to persuade the Congressional rank and file.” (Erin P. Billings and John Stanton, “Reid Seeks McCain Pledge,” Roll Call, 9/24/08)
Senator Reid Told Secretary Paulson That Senator McCain Was Necessary For Any Agreement. “According to a Democratic aide familiar with the discussions, Reid told Paulson this week that ‘if McCain didn’t come out for this thing and come out for it quickly, it was going to begin bleeding Republican votes.’ Democrats ‘have a very real concern that opposition [from McCain] is going to drive away potential Republican votes,’ this aide said.” (Erin P. Billings and John Stanton, “Reid Seeks McCain Pledge,” Roll Call, 9/24/08)
ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: White House Has Been Told By Democrats “That There Is No Deal If McCain Doesn’t Go Along.” “A Democratic leadership source says that White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten has been told that Democratic votes will not be there if McCain votes no-that there is no deal if McCain doesn’t go along.” (George Stephanopoulos, “McCain; Holds Key To Administration’s Bailout Passage On Capitol Hill,” ABC News, 9/23/08)