Even Fox News Admits McCain's Missteps (VIDEO)

10/22/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

There are some things that even Fox News has to admit, and apparently among those things is the fact that Barack Obama had a better week than John McCain.

After showing Obama's strong numbers in Gallup's tracking poll, Chris Wallace asked Mara Liasson whether the numbers were a consequence of the Democratic Party's traditional advantage on economic issues. Liasson said she thought much of Obama's surge was related to that advantage, but that McCain had also "flailed" and displayed "shoot from the hip" tendencies that had hurt his campaign.

Bill Kristol got into the act too, conceding that McCain had a bad week. But Kristol being Kristol, and this being Fox, he quickly got back on message, boldly proclaiming that this upcoming week would be a great one for McCain.

Kristol's rationale seems to be that McCain will come out against the Paulson bailout plan. At first glance this might seem to be a good political move: if nothing else, it would allow McCain to distance himself from Bush Administration policy.

Of course McCain's anti-bailout gambit wouldn't erase the fact that his support for the deregulation of the financial sector helped create the problem in the first place, and that he's bragged about his support for deregulation up until the crisis hit.

More importantly, McCain's gambit wouldn't deal with the fact that he hasn't put a single plan on the table that would help Main Street -- by proposing that we do nothing, he'd be adopting the pose of Herbert Hoover.