November 5, 2008


As Economic Crisis Peaked, Tide Turned Against McCain (MONICA LANGLEY, 11/04/08, Wall Street Journal)

The next day, while conservative House Republicans maneuvered behind the scenes to block the bailout bill, Sen. McCain sat largely silent at a crisis summit at the White House. Afterward, Sen. Obama called his staff from his car: "I've never seen anything like this," he said, according to several aides. "Some of the Republicans are clueless. Bush and I were trying to convince them."

The presidential candidates were essentially tied at the time, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed, with Sen. McCain just a point behind. But in the next few weeks, as the handling of the economic crisis overshadowed all other issues, Sen. Obama opened a 10-point lead. Although Sen. McCain began to gain some ground at the end, he never fully recovered from the pivotal late-September juncture.

...was that he was the guy who could bridge the gaps between the parties and get stuff done. W graciously set it up so he'd get credit for the deal. Everything was in place to demonstrate the validity of the narrative. Then the House GOP chimed in...

It's strange how clear it is, and was even as it happened, that the single moment at the White House determined the final outcome.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2008 12:23 AM
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