John McCain's campaign website leads with "Remarks on the Economy"
It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem. We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved. I am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night's debates until we have taken action to address this crisis.
Okay there's some decisive bold words designed to make the debate commission, Ole Miss, an the Obama campaign look like megalomaniacal celebrities if they don't stand down and put country first. But then if you go to the "Upcoming events" link, you get
Actually reading the graphic is worthwhile: 'Straight talk comes to Oxford MS.' Hilarious. So is the debate between the front page of the website and the "upcoming events" section? I could understand changing the topic from foreign policy to the economy, but debating McCain's attendance at the debate within the McCain website itself seems excessively meta. Perhaps this is a signal that he is going to show up, perhaps it is a sign that the McCain website can not maintain basic message consistency. Either way, this is a sign that McCain's latest stunt can be filed under "unmitigated disaster."
So maybe we ought to tinfoil hat it and see this debate suspension due to crisis as prepping the American people for election suspension due to crisis. Then maybe some logic emerges. I mean perfectly functional regimes have suspended elections in the past. What makes us think we're so fancy having elections at a Constitutionally appointed time? What is so special about the first Tuesday in November anyway?
Then again why assume conspiracy when good ole incompetence can explain the Chicken Little strategizing of the Maverick McCain campaign?