It seems the economic turmoil is now taking epic proportions. In a failing campaign it seems McCain wants to halt all campaigning efforts and work on the economy. He certainly does not have the best financial team on his side for handling the problems, and that might weaken his efforts. I wonder if the current FBI investigations and public opposition to the rescue packages of late has resulted in panic. If a campaign starts early to formulate any solution to the crisis they are almost claiming victory by showing his "leadership" or trying to divert attentions again. The response overseas to the economic fallout in the US is reaching a crescendo of outrage, but also worries for those economies strongly intertwined. The outcome of this HAS to be a stronger decoupling from the US economy to protect themselves. Therefore the really smart thing would be to encourage stronger cooperation with foreigners to keep the current system and flow into the US going. Isn't transparency and perceptions what really needs bolstering if the current consumption super-sizing could continue in the US?