David Letterman Rips McCain A New One
This is spot-on (Dave also lit into Sarah Palin):
Letterman’s got a POINT. If McCain has to go to Washington to fix the economy, WHY SUSPEND THE WHOLE CAMPAIGN? Why not turn it over to Palin for awhile?
(that’s completely rhetorical, btw)AP was not especially kind, either.
“Late Show” host David Letterman treated John McCain’s decision to cancel an appearance on his talk show more like a stupid human trick than the act of a statesman.
The Republican presidential candidate said he was halting his campaign activities Wednesday, citing the need to deal with the nation’s financial crisis, and called Letterman to drop out of the show’s late-night lineup. On the air Wednesday night, Letterman assailed McCain’s rationale and, with prickly humor, questioned whether the nominee – now trailing in some polls – was in trouble.
“This doesn’t smell right,” Letterman said. “This is not the way a tested hero behaves. Somebody’s putting something in his Metamucil.”
Letterman called McCain “a true American hero” but told his viewers: “This is not the John McCain I know, by God. It makes me believe something is going haywire with the campaign.”
Instead of suspending a campaign, Letterman said, a presidential candidate should go to Washington to deal with a crisis and let his running mate shoulder the burdens of politicking.
“That’s what you do. You don’t quit. … Or is that really a good thing to do?” Letterman said, a reference to McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. “What’s the problem? Where is she? Why isn’t she doing that?” he asked.
Letterman later asked: “Are we suspending it because there’s an economic crisis or because the poll numbers are sliding?”
Making matters worse for McCain, his replacement was MSNBC’s “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann, a constant critic of the Arizona senator.
HuffPo was equally scathing:
There’s a point, however, where the jokes about McGrampy have more validity than the campaign and the GOP want to admit. Where someone needs to seriously look into whether or not John McCain is indeed compus and able to make rational decisions, let alone whether or not he is able to lead.
Psst! Mike Duncan! It’s “time”…