Remember what I said about "the Palin stammer"? I now have no doubt that this is the new Republican strategy.
This afternoon, taking a little break from work, I wandered over to Towleroad.com and read this. I did not believe it. So I went to Andrew Sullivan's blog and read this and this. And then Talking Points Memo. And then even the Washington Post. But they all were saying the same thing--that McCain had declared on TV that he would suspend his campaign because of the economic crisis and that he believed that Friday's debate should be called off.
I walked around the house for a while, trying to ascertain for certain if I was not dreaming this.
I determined that I am, and that there was still a mouse behind my file cabinet.
I remembered that I had some laundry in the washing machine so I went towards the back of the house.
I got distracted by some salsa that I remembered I had made from late-season tomatoes.
I picked up my new knitting project and turned on CNN. I sat there for probably 30 minutes watching Wolf Blitzer, well, blitz and also listening to the reactions of various politicians and pundits. I waited for Obama to make his statement, thinking, "Please, Obama, do not be a dumbass."
I remembered about that wash I needed to put in the dryer.
I watched some more CNN and even some commercials, knitting.
Obama came on and was not a dumbass.
I thought about the wash again, but did not want to miss out on the Q&A.
Finally that bit was over, so I put the wash in the dryer, turned off the TV, and came back to my desk--about one hour later.
In short, the McCain campaign had sent me into an hour-long whole-body stammer, and this, friends, is their strategy--to be like a death ray, rendering oponents motionless, speechless, astonished.