McCain Runs Away From His “Great Bailout Success”
COLUMBUS, Ohio — After bragging today about his role in shaping the economic bailout package, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made no statement to the press after the defeat of the bill, in part at the hands of House Republicans.
Instead, McCain boarded his Straight Talk Air charter plane, where he sat in front, separated from reporters by a brown curtain, without making a comment on the bill’s defeat.
So much pomp, so little circumstance. After melodramatically "suspending" his campaign last week to rush back to Washington — well, okay, to his campaign office in Arlington — to save the Wall Street bailout negotiations — well, okay, to make dinner reservations Saturday night with the Liebermans at a four-star restaurant in D.C., John McCain got to watch his latest campaign publicity stunt crash and burn with the same fiery elan as those four Navy jets he piloted.
Such a miserable failure demanded the only response possible for a diva: blame everyone else.
Later, his campaign’s senior policy adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin issued a statement blaming Democrats and presidential rival Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for the bill’s defeat.
"From the minute John McCain suspended his campaign and arrived in Washington to address this crisis, he was attacked by the Democratic leadership: Senators Obama and Reid, Speaker Pelosi and others," Holtz-Eakin said. "Their partisan attacks were an effort to gain political advantage during a national economic crisis. By doing so, they put at risk the homes, livelihoods and savings of millions of American families."
Somebody fetch McCain his turban. You can find him in his trailer, pouting.