'Melodramatic' McCain Misfires

Decisions to pull out shows McCain is "uncertain" campaigner: Klein
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2008 3:42 PM CDT
John McCain will meet with President George W. Bush, Barack Obama and others later today to discuss the financial crisis.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – John McCain’s actions yesterday only add to the already-lengthy list of the candidate’s rash overreactions, Joe Klein writes in Time. But this one was particularly poorly thought out, because "the legislative crisis was already receding when he made his melodramatic—and somewhat wild-eyed—suspension of campaign activities statement," writes onetime fan Klein.

And now things get even worse for McCain, who has little choice but to debate Barack Obama tomorrow night. The rapidly advancing bailout-deal talks mean “the debate will take place on turf less favorable to him: on economic as well as foreign policy,” Klein writes. “In any case, Obama's cool steadfastness has put him in the driver's seat on this one.”