Talk about bail-outs.
John McCain had just made one of the riskiest, and perhaps costliest, moves of his presidential campaign, in attempting to bail out of the first televised debate of the candidates so that he could return to Washington, rise "above politics'' and concentrate on the federal bail-out of the nation's bad mortgage debt underway.
So what is Bush doing to push his $700 billion bail-out through Congress? Not only going on national television, prime-time, but also summoning that meeting of congressional leadership today, leaders from both houses and from both parties - and also two senators who have been out on the road a lot lately, Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Barack Obama of Illinois.