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McCAIN BLINKS….So I guess John McCain has blinked after all. The pull of the klieg lights was just a little too enticing for him, so he’s abandoning his role as Savior of the Bailout to head to Mississippi tonight for his first debate with Barack Obama. In possibly the most laughable comment of a laughable campaign, he claims that he’s able to do this because negotiators are now making “significant progress” in talks that would have been finished yesterday if he hadn’t parachuted heroically into Washington in the first place.

Still, give the old guy credit. He knows how to put on a show. If I were hiring a PR-Exec-in-Chief, he’d be my first choice.

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