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Marc Ambinder:

A senior campaign official says that McCain will NOT debate -- no matter what -- if Congress hasn't reached an agreement on a bailout package.

Yep. Solve the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression in the next 48 hours, or I ain't showing up. That's John McCain's "leadership". Do what I say, or I'll hold my breath and turn blue. (Or hold my breath and turn the whole country blue?)

Better still:

The aide did not know whether Gov. Palin would attend Oct. 2's vice presidential debate if Congress, by that point, still hasn't reached a deal.

Um... wha? Palin might not be able to attend either, because she has to... um... do Senate stuff? Conduct photo ops with leaders more important than her? What exactly would be cutting into her schedule, such that she couldn't manage to show up for her one scheduled pre-election appearance in front of a crowd made up of anything but hardcore Republicans?

Sheesh. This is just sad, at this point.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Sep 24, 2008 at 05:45 PM PDT.

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