Tuesday, September 23, 2008

George Will on John McCain

[Ultra-conservative columnist George Will skewers John McCain in today's Washington Post]

"Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama."


For McCain, politics is always operatic, pitting people who agree with him against those who are "corrupt" or "betray the public's trust," two categories that seem to be exhaustive -- there are no other people. McCain's Manichaean worldview drove him to his signature legislative achievement, the McCain-Feingold law's restrictions on campaigning. Today, his campaign is creatively finding interstices in laws intended to restrict campaign giving and spending. (For details, see The Post of Sept. 17, Page A4; and the New York Times of Sept. 20, Page One.)


It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency....


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