And it might hit critical mass sometime around 9pm tonight.
As any person versed in politics can tell you, one of the most damaging things you can do to yourself is not show up for a debate. The apponent can simply ask questions to the empty chair, ridicule dripping from his pores, having a feild day. The next day, the no-show usually is watching his dropping ratings with the same horror as the Duke Brothers did as thier OJ futures went south and directly in the pockets of Mssrs. Ackroyd and Murphy in "Trading Places."
One has to wonder then, why a man who has staked his entire life on his courage and bravery suddenly starts acting like the man with a yellow streak rising up his back.
The John McCain no-show on Letterman was suspicious enough. Caught in a lie (and possibly a nice little trap set by Letterman buddy Katie "Kween of Kute" Couric), he is looking good.
And as the sun rises here in occasionally sunny California, there is still the possibility that McCain may not show up for tonight's tussle in the Mississippi Mud, claiming that he has to neogotiate the $700 BILLION bailout created by GWB.
In other words, as his veep partner continues soldiering on, he has achieved the near impossible: John McCain has made Sarah Palin look almost Presidential.
With that, two things....first, more from MSNBC Countdown host and last-minute sub Keith Olbermann on what transpired on the NIght of no Grampy.....
(it can be viewed here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/26894706#26894706)
And this from the Washington Independent, comparing Letterman with another CBS icon...
Forty years ago, in September 1968, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet offensive — which changed mainstream America’s view of the Vietnam War. In living rooms across the nation, Americans saw a gruesome display of how powerless the United States forces looked as they struggled to gain control over a millitary conflict they would not win.
It was then that Walter Cronkite, the CBS news anchor who narrated the daily events for millions of people each night, called Vietnam “unwinnable.” In the White House, President Lyndon B. Johnson said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.”
Now, we are in a different kind of war, one where U.S. financial insolvency seems at risk. Looking at this crisis, Sen. John McCain has said he would suspend his campaign. This included canceling an interview with CBS “Late Show” host David Letterman last night. Letterman said McCain was preparing to head to Washington in an effort to save the country.
The reaction was something the likes of which we’ve never seen.
A furious Letterman called out McCain and, without using the word “liar,” ran live feed of McCain preparing to do an interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric at the precise moment he was taping.
In addition, Letterman lashed out at McCain’s decision not to have his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, take up the campaign slack while McCain was in Washington.
Letterman even suggested this was all linked to McCain’s recent fall in national polls. “When you call up at the last minute and cancel, that’s not the John McCain I know,” Letterman said. More than once he suggested that “something smells right now.”
The full article is here: http://washingtonindependent.com/7466/letterman-do-his-cronkite
John Sidney McCain III has pulled his arse out of one fire after another in this campaign. He has been decalred dead more times than one time, and has risen like the Phoenix, sometimes making shrewd moves that left his opponents wondering what hit them. This, however, is one thing he may not be able to revive from.
You see, Senator, and and I say this with all the repect I have for you as a former POW, a soldier, a Senator, and a human being....
Heroes never run.