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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Reactions to the great campaign suspension gambit of '08.

"If you were wondering how bad McCain's pollster was telling him things are, there's your confirmation."
—A Democratic strategist Michael Crowley knows

"It's the longest Hail Mary pass in the history of either football or Marys."
Barney Frank

"I understand that the candidates are putting together a joint statement at Senator Obama's suggestion. 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. If that changes, we will call upon them. We need leadership; not a campaign photo op."
Harry Reid

Shorter Ben Burton: We're already working on a joint statement, and it was Obama's idea.

"Both candidates have been marginal players; McCain, though, seems to have the potential to make himself a major one, and his move is a mark, most of all, that he doesn’t like the way this campaign is going. But in terms of the timing of this move: The only thing that’s changed in the last 48 hours is the public polling."
Ben Smith

"Isn't this the campaign equivalent of faking an injury when you're down late in the 4th quarter?"
John Marshall

Uh, no.
—Barack Obama