Obama is flummoxed.
Team McCain announced it will suspend campaigning so Senator McCain can go back to Washington and address the financial crisis. McCain stated he would stop all ads and delay the debate until the situation has resolution. Senator Obama, however, would like to carry on because:
"It's my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear from the person who, in approximately 40 days, will be responsible for dealing with this mess."
And they did, Senator. President Bush spoke this evening on the crisis, and though not ideal, he explained quite succinctly what needs to happen in order to stabilize the economy.
Team Mccain's move was bold. It clearly sends a message that Senator McCain puts country before politics, and in essence has forced Senator Obama to follow McCain's lead. I am confused as to the reluctance on Senator Obama's part to return to Washington. After all, he has been saying over and over he has a plan to save the economy. Can't he just fly his spiffy new plane right on over to the Hill, explain this great plan in detail and save us from impending doom?
Should Senator McCain be unable to attend the debate so that he can work on a solution, Obama has a few options available to him. 1. Debate Sarah Palin 2. Continue debating Senator Biden 3. Debate McCain's empty chair. If I was advising Barry, I would suggest option 3 as of all his choices, this is the one where he has the most potential to win.
Update - Obama is going to Washington as President Bush invited Obama (and McCain) to a meeting to discuss the situation. Good job, Obama! What a way to lead the charge in the face of adversity.