Who Can Lead Us Out of This Mess?

How to pick a President amid financial chaos

Illustration by Lon Tweeten for TIME; McCain: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty; Obama: UPI / Landov

They are different in so many ways: one Republican, one Democrat; one in his 70s, one in his 40s; one white, one black. But John McCain and Barack Obama share the genome of the alpha pol. Timing and instinct are among the dominant traits. How else to explain the fact that both men chose precisely the same day — nearly the same hour — to field press questions for the first time about the collapsing financial sector and the government's proposed $700 billion bailout? Like the cicada crawling up from the earth precisely 17 years...

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