Prior to McCain’s campaign suspension today he was booked to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight. As part of his decision to suspend his campaign and return to Washington, he also canceled his appearance on the Letterman show.
Here’s the video of Letterman reacting to the cancellation and giving McCain some jabs:
Report from The Caucus:
Senator John McCain may have disappointed many expectant voters and debate viewers with the decision to suspend his campaign, but none more so than a late-night talk show host on CBS.
David Letterman was so unhappy that Mr. McCain canceled his scheduled appearance on his show Wednesday night that he spent much of the first segment assailing the senatorâ€™s decision and suggesting â€œsomething doesnâ€™t smell rightâ€ about the Senatorâ€™s plan to go to Washington to work on the financial crisis.
Mr. Letterman told his audience that Senator McCain had called him directly on short notice Wednesday, to tell him he had to cancel his appearance. After expressing his admiration for Mr. McCain and his sacrifice as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, Mr. Letterman said, â€œWhen you call up at the last minute and cancel, thatâ€™s not the John McCain I know.â€ He repeated that â€œsomething smells right nowâ€ and he suggested â€œsomebody must have put something in his Metamucil.â€
Mr. Letterman said Mr. McCain had said the economy was â€œabout to craterâ€ which necessitated that he get to Washington right away. Mr. Letterman then suggested that McCain should not be suspending his campaign at all and that he could have â€œsent in the second-string quarterback,â€ his vice presidential running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, to fill in for him. â€œYou donâ€™t quit,â€ Mr. Letterman said.
After suggesting that Ms. Palin should be prepared to step up and â€œbe ready,â€ because â€œthe poor guy is getting a little older,â€ Mr. Letterman reconsidered and said of Ms. Palinâ€™s readiness, â€œDonâ€™t get me started.â€
Eh.. what can you say? Letterman’s a comedian and what do you expect in canceling on him? The kicker is that McCain did the Couric interview down the street instead.