I had a brilliant idea last night while I was mowing the lawn. It would be a great YouTube commercial that McCain could create and I thought it was hysterical1.
It was going to highlight the fact that when a crisis came, McCain made decisions and Obama voted “Present”—or “I have a plan, but I don’t want to share it.”
Then I read this article from George Will, “McCain Loses His Head.”
You see, I have a little problem with the government—I think it’s too big. To take our money and give it to the government (or to one person!) to hand out like candy reeks.
And McCain wants to exacerbate the problem.
I mean, McCain is part of the team that saw problems with money in politics and decided to attempt to cure it with growing the government. Sure, he doesn’t vote for pork projects, but he is under the idea that more government is a solution to problems rather than the cause.
That, and the fact that he believes that he needs to reach across the aisle all the time does not make me feel like he would, necessarily, choose judges in the Alito/Roberts mould.
On “60 Minutes” Sunday evening, McCain, saying “this may sound a little unusual,” said that he would like to replace Cox with Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic attorney general of New York who is the son of former governor Mario Cuomo. McCain explained that Cuomo has “respect” and “prestige” and could “lend some bipartisanship.” Conservatives have been warned.
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.
To me, I can see a scenario where a liberal judge retires and McCain is convinced to go with a moderate because it “wouldn’t be fair” to choose a conservative.
We’ve spent a lot of time here talking about Palin—but we must remember it’s McCain we’re choosing. Are we sure that we really want him?
- I may try to pull something like this off over on my fiction blog, so I’m not giving away the details yet. Let’s just say that initial reactions were not as funny as it was in my mind.