Had a terrific discussion last night at the Liquor and Rubber Balls Sports Bar and Auto Body Shop about John McCain’s latest campaign gambit, but the conversation (and occasional shoving match) went on so long that I couldn’t get home in time to blog it. So it’ll have to wait. Sorry. Hope I remember most of it.
Meanwhile, I came across a column by George F. Will that I found enlightening, which finishes off with these thoughts:
Conservatives who insist that electing McCain is crucial usually start, and increasingly end, by saying he would make excellent judicial selections. But the more one sees of his impulsive, intensely personal reactions to people and events, the less confidence one has that he would select judges by calm reflection and clear principles, having neither patience nor aptitude for either.
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 was penned before McCain’s tactical campaign decision to stop campaigning (ahem), another example of his shoot-from-the-hip style getting spun by campaign handlers. Seems George Will cares little for McCain as a candidate, and even less for his running mate, and as a conservative thinker, he doesn’t mind saying so. Contrast this to his brethren in wingnut media, who jump like puppets at the slightest tug on the strings by the ‘Pub Party Line, and tell me whose counsel you find wisest.