I don’t want to be paranoid, but isn’t suspending the presidential election campaign because of a crisis perilously close to suspending the election?
We’ve had presidential elections – and bitterly fought presidential election campaigns – during times of far worse crisis: 1800 (during the Quasi-War with France), 1812 (war with England), 1864 (the Civil War), 1944 (the Second World War), 1952 (the Korean War), 1968 (the Vietnam War), and 1972 (the Vietnam War).
No candidate suggested during these elections that the presidential campaign should be suspended because of the crisis facing the nation.
My fear is that if McCain – now with the Bush-Cheney administration’s endorsement — gets away with “suspending” the election campaign because of the financial crisis, it is just a step toward suspending the election itself.
The Democrats, and the media, need to hammer McCain on this unprecedented stratagem, and hammer him hard.