Monday, September 29, 2008

Is Maverick too patriotic?

Jimmie Bise at Sundries Shack:
I think . . . it's worth considering that the real reason we haven't seen the pugnacious John McCain this weekend is because he’s decided, at the risk of his campaign, to be the adult here. This bailout deal is important to him, more important than a few points in the polls and more important than taking the opportunity to savage his opponent.
Jimmie points out that Maverick had plenty of ammunition to hit Obama and the Democrats on the financial crisis, and didn't use it.

That's one possible explanation. The other explanation -- and far more likely, in my mind -- is that John McCain has never been good at partisan politics.

He's always happiest when denouncing fellow Republicans, especially on domestic policy. He's never been good at the culture-warrior stuff and he himself admits he doesn't understand economics. He is not a limited-government conservative.

Thus, for Crazy Cousin John to lay into Obama and the Democrats for their abuses of the Community Reinvestment Act and their contributions from Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac would be completely out of character for him. He is clearly a man who believes all that civics-textbook crap about "bipartisanship" and this belief makes him a very bad candidate in the kind of trench-warfare politics that the Democrats specialize in.

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