Thursday, September 25, 2008
Well, that little plan just backfired in spectacular fashion.
Barack Obama has not only called John McCain's bluff by refusing to agree to a postponement of tomorrow night's first presidential debate -- he says that if McCain doesn't show, he'll stage the thing as a town meeting and agree to take questions from moderator Jim Lehrer.
This basically holds the narrative tightly with both hands and lands the ball squarely in McCain's court, putting him in one hell of a bind: If McCain doesn't show, Obama stands there in front of the millions of people watching and gets to own the moment while McCain's podium remains empty, reminding everyone that McCain backed down from a fight; meanwhile, if McCain does show, it proves that he played a game of chicken and lost.
Obama basically turned the tables on McCain and created his own no-win scenario.
Regardless of what happens, tomorrow night should be interesting.