Yuval Levin and Michael Ledeen have it right. McCain looks like a decisive man of action and Obama looks like a guy who prefers to vote “present” in the midst of a crisis.
Obama himself declared that the country may be on the verge of the greatest economic calamity since the Great Depression.Yet instead of taking just 24-48 hours to tend to his day job and deal with the largest piece of legislation in U.S. history he insists on having a debate on a wholly unrelated topic, on a Friday night no less. This from a candidate who couldn’t be bothered to debate in July and August, when nothing of great urgency was going on in the senate.
The debate will still take place — either Friday or a few days later. Nothing will be lost if there’s a slight delay after two insufferable years of campaigning. But time is of the essence as concerns the bailout. And while the presence of one or two senators may not have a great impact on, say, senate legislation designating Oct. 16 National Bosses’ Day, the absence of two senators on a bill of this magnitude is gross dereliction of duty — especially when one of the two will be charged with executing it.
This is a titanic mess. This is the time for serious people to earn their pay. It’s a time for adults in Washington. There will be plenty of time to return to the sandbox.