I must admit that my first reaction was "What the heck is he doing now?!" It was an extremely bold move, especially when considering he has lost all of his post-convention bump and is back to trailing by a few points nationally in most polls. McCain has been making some serious mistakes in his campaign over the past few weeks (see tomorrow's R.C. Blog post...).
As you have probably already read in the mainstream newspapers this morning, they are profiling McCain as "scared", "overreacting", or "running away from the debate". Regarding the debate, nothing could be further from the truth. Without a teleprompter, Obama is going to have trouble speaking, let alone articulating, his positions on issues. Regardless of his actual performance, the press will tearfully praise him and compare him to Martin Luther King.
After sleeping on it, I feel a little bit better (only a little...) about the move to suspend the campaign. Only time will tell if this move was successful or a disaster in the eyes of voters, especially the estimated 18 percent in our country who have not yet made a decision on their candidate. It could be the "tipping point" of the entire campaign. For those opposed to Marxism invading our country starting January 20, 2009, I hope and pray that voters look at the move as bold and presidential.