There seems to be a bi-partisan consensus that McSame should unsuspend his campaign immediately.
Sen. McCain "goes to a meeting and all of a sudden, we lose all the Republicans who have been working with us for the last five days," said Rep. Ellen Tauscher, a California Democrat.
Some Republicans including Utah’s Robert Bennett, who had been a vocal supporter of the earlier tentative agreement, appeared unhappy. "They weren’t too happy with McCain," said one aide to Sen. McCain.
“He’s slowed it down,” Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said of McCain’s impact on the negotiations. “The next thing we know…he’s making it harder to get things done, rather than help us negotiate differences.”
Several Republicans, meanwhile, said they were unsure what their party’s nominee was doing. "The rank and file hasn’t heard or seen anything," said North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx.
At one point, several minutes into the session, Obama said it was time to hear from McCain. According to a Republican who was there, "all he said was, ‘I support the principles that House Republicans are fighting for.’"
Now that his services are no longer needed, McSame is headed to Mississippi for the debate.