September 16, 2008


Palin pick means McCain is like Bush (PAUL BEGALA, 9/16/08, Politico)

As the political class prattles on about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, we are overlooking the most important aspect of her selection as the GOP running mate: what it says about John McCain.

And what it says is, he’s just like George W. Bush.

In choosing Palin, McCain was in full Bush mode. Like Bush, he followed his gut, ignored advice from experts and acted on impulse. In fact, McCain’s rash and reckless choice of Palin makes Bush look downright careful by comparison — so McCain may well be more Bushian than Bush himself. If you liked eight years of a president who went with his gut, acted on impulse and gambled our nation’s future on a hunch, you’ll love John McCain.

If only maverick were more like W he wouldn't even have needed to pick the governor (or any governor). Not only did George W. Bush have significantly more relevant executive experience but he was running on massive tax cuts, SS privatization, NCLB, the FBI, missile defense, etc., a set of transformative ideas in keeping with the tradition of Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, and Newt Gingrich. John McCain has missed the opportunity to run on continuing this transformation and the lack of big ideas is a clear detriment.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2008 7:16 AM
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