Obama's Presser [Jonah Goldberg]
I think he did very well. Frankly, I now have no idea at this point whether this will work to McCain's favor or not. Time will tell. I do think this shows that McCain is a player in the Senate the way Obama is not. My gut as of 5:17 PM is that McCain should do something like the Grant gambit mentioned below and show up for the debate at the last minute and then leave immediately after to get back to Washington. But who knows whether that will hold up through 5:19.
Update: What Paul said below.
Power Play [Mark R. Levin]
I think Paul at Powerline has a good plan.
Obama is saying that, as far as he's concerned, it's full speed ahead with the debate. McCain's best move is probably to show up and debate. McCain can observe that he preferred to spend the time working to solve the financial crisis, but that Obama felt otherwise, and he (McCain) is not one to back out of a clash. McCain can also point out that the Obama who now thinks a given debate on a given night trumps dealing with a major crisis is the same Obama who wouldn't accept his challenge to a series of town hall debates during the summer.
The Grant Gambit [Jonah Goldberg]
From a reader:
I think McCain should show up for the debate looking reluctant and disheveled. He could apologize for this condition, saying he had to rush back from doing the nation’s business. He could be like Grant having to apologize to the impeccably dressed Lee at Appomattox for showing up all muddy and in an old private’s coat. There was, after all, a war that needed winning.