Today Harry “no one knows what to do” Reid is accusing John McCain of playing politics.
“But it would not be helpful at this time to have them come back during these negotiations and risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation’s economy. … We need leadership; not a campaign photo op.”
But earlier this week, yesterday actually, Reid said it was important that McCain be involved:
Fearing a political backlash against Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has told the White House that it must serve up support from Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) if it hopes to ensure bipartisan backing for a massive economic bailout package by week’s end.
Reid also said yesterday, “I got some good news in the last hour or so … it appears that Sen. McCain is going to come out for this.”
Update: A good point was made in a Fox News interview with Michael Brown a few minutes ago. McCain and Obama (and Biden for that matter) have held onto their Senate seats, unlike some in the past, such as Bob Dole, have done when running for President. Since they are both still sitting Senators shouldn’t they still be doing their jobs? I guess Obama can vote “present” as easily from the road as he can in DC, but if they want to really influence the negotiations it probably is best to be there in person.
Update II: From Bookworm:
Harry Reid’s statement supporting Obama was predictably stupid: “Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid issued a statement saying the debate should go on because ‘we need leadership, not a campaign photo op.'” If I understand this correctly, rolling up your sleeves and getting to work on an imminent crisis that needs to be addressed immediately is not leadership, it’s a photo op. Appearing on a stage for a two hour debate that could just as easily be rescheduled to another day, is leadership, not a photo op. Bizarro World, my dear readers, Bizarro World.