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As I busy myself hoarding trinkets, seashells and, really, any shiny object I can find — in the hopes that it may serve as currency in the coming dystopian barter economy — I can’t help but wonder: Where is Sen. John McCain?

I thought the whole point of “suspending” his campaign was to ride into Washington to save the day by rescuing America’s financial system. What happened? Why hasn’t he said anything about the House’s failure to pass the Wall Street bailout plan he said he would muscle through Congress. If he was poising himself to take credit for whipping up the votes to ensure its passage, does he deserve blame for its failure?

UPDATE: The McCain campaign has released a statement on the bailout collapse — and the GOP presidential nominee owned up and personally assumed responsibility for the failure.

Just kidding! McCain blames — wait for it — Sen. Barack Obama and the Democrats, despite the fact that House Republicans voted two-to-one against the bill. Here’s the statement:

“From the minute John McCain suspended his campaign and arrived in Washington to address this crisis, he was attacked by the Democratic leadership: Senators Obama and Reid, Speaker Pelosi and others. Their partisan attacks were an effort to gain political advantage during a national economic crisis. By doing so, they put at risk the homes, livelihoods and savings of millions of American families.

“Barack Obama failed to lead, phoned it in, attacked John McCain, and refused to even say if he supported the final bill.

“Just before the vote, when the outcome was still in doubt, Speaker Pelosi gave a strongly worded partisan speech and poisoned the outcome.

“This bill failed because Barack Obama and the Democrats put politics ahead of country.” –McCain-Palin senior policy adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin

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