Seeing Bush’s glazed stare into the camera as he intoned his lines, I couldn’t help but imagine Sarah Palin handling a major crisis after McCain’s batteries run down and she’s forced to accede to the throne. Her style of reading from the teleprompters undoubtedly would give the commentators several hours’ worth of material.
It’s a fair comparison because four years ago a lot of foolish people were convinced that Bush was their guy because he made them feel just great. That’s what Ronald Reagan did before him, and that’s what the Arctic Lady is supposed to do now. So if your politics is basically about who makes you feel warm and cuddly, if it’s a comfy feeling you want and you prefer white people on the TV screen, then McCain/Palin is your ticket.
On the other hand, if you find any of this talk actually reaches down into your daily life in a tangible way, that prospect may not be quite so attractive.
I love the call for bipartisan unity when the Republicans are getting their butts handed to them on a platter and have to admit they have nothing to show for their decade in power except total disaster on all fronts.
As Juan Cole points out, McCain’s calling for the two candidates to suspend campaigning and deal with the Wall Street meltdown is tantamount to an admission that we currently have no president on active duty. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!
Meanwhile, McCain is a cynical piece of work to hear Obama’s suggestion that they depoliticize the debate on the bailout package and then launch it to the press as his own (McCain’s) idea. That way he gets to score a cheap political point while pretending to be non-political.
Might have worked had he not gone a step further and shown that he’s scared shitless to face O in a debate on the merits.
Personally, I can’t wait for the Biden-Palin face-off. It’ll be kind of like hunting wolves from a helicopter.