A Distinction

The McCain campaign is trying to take credit for the emergence of a bailout deal, saying that it was all thanks to their decision to suspend campaigning. When called on this obvious BS, I saw Tucker Bounds on TV citing the fact that a couple of days ago Harry Reid said it was important for McCain to participate in the deal.

The reality is that earlier in the week, Democrats were afraid of a scenario in which they struck a deal and then McCain opportunistically denounced the unpalatable elements of it without coming up with a constructive alternative or needing to actually accept responsibility for the consequences of a deal being scuttled. Thus, they wanted him to vote for any bipartisan compromise. That’s not at all the same as saying that McCain’s substantive input was so vitally necessary that he had to cancel his campaign.