The party’s over

September 23, 2008

I worry that if Barack Obama is elected, he will recklessy risk billions and billions of taxpayer dollars. Oh, wait:

By a Gresham’s Law of political discourse, McCain’s Queen of Hearts intervention in the opaque financial crisis overshadowed a solid conservative complaint from the Republican Study Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, the RSC decried the improvised torrent of bailouts as a “dangerous and unmistakable precedent for the federal government both to be looked to and indeed relied upon to save private sector companies from the consequences of their poor economic decisions.” This letter, listing just $650 billion of the perhaps more than $1 trillion in new federal exposures to risk, was sent while McCain’s campaign, characteristically substituting vehemence for coherence, was airing an ad warning that Obama favors “massive government, billions in spending increases.”

Never mind.

This is a George Will rant, mostly about how unsuited he thinks McCain is for the presidency. He closes with: “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?”

I don’t share Will’s apparent enthusiasm for Obama, but it’s hard to argue with his observation that McCain tends to make everything a morality play with himself as the hero and anyone who disagrees with him the the villain. What an election.

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