Imagine how happy the Obama campaign is about this financial crisis. The entire country has gone into meltdown mode just one month before the election. They couldn't have asked for better timing.
Of course, if you asked any of their operatives if they were happy about it, they would undoubtedly reply, "Oh, of course not, we don't want to see people suffer this way. I suppose, to the extent that it helps Barack, it's beneficial in a way, but we certainly don't want to see people lose a good part of their 401-K's. No. Not at all."
Translation: "Are you kidding?! This is the best thing that could possibly have happened to us! This is wonderful! We're laughing all the way to the voting booth. Hooray!!"