The Dismantling of John McCain

I never thought I would see it, but he’s doing himself in, and conservatives are throwing the first clods of dirt on the coffin.  I was astonished last week by George Will’s column, which closes with the following words:  “It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency.  It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency.  Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience.  Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?”

This afternoon, I heard David Brooks of the New York Times acknowledge on NPR that he thinks McCain is reckless.  I thought I would faint.  He has been an admirer of McCain.  The evidence?  The selection of Sarah Palin as veep choice, which is increasingly embarassing; the phony “suspension” of the campaign to ride to the (unnecessary) and distracting “rescue” of the Wall Street “rescue plan”; the vow to stay in Washington until a solution was reached, followed by a reversal and agreement to go ahead and participate in the first Presidential debate, which he tried to get Obama to agree to cancel.  Er, postpone.  McCain is like a billiard ball that keeps eternally careening off the sides of the table in defiance of the laws of physics. 

The Palin selection was sort of the first clue about how off the wall McCain’s judgement is.  See David Brooks’ opinion of that decision here:  http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/09/16/opinion/edbrooks.php?WT.mc_id=rssmostemailed  Not an endorsement of Obama for sure, and he’s naive about Palin’s strength and skills and history, but…he makes a good point.   

I wanted to get this post in before the actual debate starts…in just a few minutes now.  Obama has twice the judgement and intellect and restraint of McCain.  I just hope he doesn’t get nervous.  I hope he makes McCain mad, so that everyone gets to see his “unsuitable temperament”.  I hope he isn’t too nice to make that happen.  David Brooks’ admiration of McCain seems to be based on his belief that McCain is a really good Senator, but maybe not the right guy to be President.  Yeah, David, me too.

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