Including the Palin pick, McCain's moves at first seem unnecessarily risky and the payoff seems to be mediocre at best. But as with Palin, his latest call to postpone the debate seemed to be, like, huh? After seeing today's events (Obama's insistence on the debate, and Bush's summons for discussions Thursday), it is looking like this risk could pay off for McCain.
If McCain could possibly go to Washington and in the next two days do something for the economy, instead of just talking about what he would do, that would put McCain over Obama in an area that he has been very lacking - the economy. That rationalle is originally from Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:
I think Reid fears more than just the idea that McCain will “risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation’s economy.” What Reid fears is that McCain will return to lead the Republican effort to reach a compromise, and the Senate and House GOP will let him do it. If McCain takes ownership of the bailout effort and manages to get his suggestions on limiting executive compensation and so on as part of the finished product, he will be able to trot McCain-Dodd on the campaign trail as yet another reform he’s accomplished by working across the aisle. And in a time of crisis, no less.
And what will Obama be able to say? He gave a couple of speeches and raised cash for himself while McCain went to work for the nation.
If that’s what McCain and the Republicans have in mind, this could be the coup of the entire campaign. While Obama went out and sucked up to fundraisers, McCain built the bipartisan compromise that saved the American financial system. If he succeeds, McCain will have trumped Obama on what should have been the Democrats’ best issue.