"It's a great idea perhaps six months ago, and maybe six months from now," said Steve Liesman, a senior economics reporter for CNBC and a recipient of the weekend e-mail. "But right now? The solution to next month's problem or even how he would handle the next crisis is simply not germane to the incredibly pregnant moment that we're in right now." Few in the world of financial reporting found much to say about either Mr. McCain or Senator Barack Obama's responses to the unfolding crisis that week. After all, should business reporters really care more about Mr. McCain's "commission of technicians" than, say, Henry Paulson's plans for the largest bailout in American history or, say, the sudden, radical end of the pure investment banks on Wall Street? The day after receiving the e-mail, during an appearance on Meet the Press, Mr. Liesman suggested that, if anything, Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama should be getting less attention from reporters. "I think both of these campaigns are beside themselves with how-behind the scenes-how unimportant they are," said Mr. Liesman. "I got an angry note from one of McCain's people saying, ‘McCain came out with this plan on Friday to solve the problem. …' Like, who cares? What I care about right now is what's going on behind closed doors across town here at Capitol Hill."