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Remember when John McCain suspended his campaign to return to Washington to fix the financial melt down? Bush’s Secretary of the Treasury, Hank Paulson, gives us a glimpse inside the room in his new book, On the Brink:

Now Obama and the Democrats were skillfully setting up the story line that McCain’s intervention had polarized the situation and that Republicans were walking away from an agreement. It was brilliant political theater that was about to degenerate into farce. Skipping protocol, the president turned to McCain to offer him a chance to respond: “I think it’s fair that I give you the chance to speak next.”

But McCain demurred. “I’ll wait my turn,” he said. It was an incredible moment, in every sense. This was supposed to be McCain’s meeting—he’d called it, not the president, who had simply accommodated the Republican candidate’s wishes. Now it looked as if McCain had no plan at all—his idea had been to suspend his campaign and summon us all to this meeting. It was not a strategy, it was a political gambit, and the Democrats had matched it with one of their own.

Imagine the candidate who chose Sarah Palin as his VP being capable of a political stunt. Not a giant stretch is it?

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