Our estimation of what kind of president either John McCain or Barack Obama would make remains unchanged. McCain will be a terrible president. Obama will be catastrophic. In the face of catastrophe, we can live with terrible. So here at New Paltz Journal we’ve focused on the certain catastrophe of a President Obama and fairly much ignored the certainty of a terrible President McCain.
But Dan Henninger, at the Wall Street Journal, is asking an important question this morning: Is John McCain stupid?
Is John McCain losing it?
On Sunday, he said on national television that to solve Social Security “everything’s on the table,” which of course means raising payroll taxes. On July 7 in Denver he said: “Senator Obama will raise your taxes. I won’t.”
This isn’t a flip-flop. It’s a sex-change operation.
Henninger delivers a harsh dressing down and then gives McCain a pat on the back and sends him back out into the ring.
We’ve seen hints of a new seriousness in John McCain, but so far we are not getting our hopes up about what kind of a president he would be. He is, however, a patriot in the good sense of the term, and he stuck with his principles on Iraq, which given the state of things as recently as a year ago looked like it would cost him his political future. He was right about Iraq all along, and that gives us something to admire about him. On the other hand, Dan Henninger raises serious points. McCain should listen and get himself straightened out for the fall contest.
More: In the meantime, over at National Review Online the ditzy editor Kathryn Jean Lopez continues with her obnoxious crush on Mitt Romney. Unconvinced by the fact that Republican primary voters had virtually no interest in Romney, Lopez believes he’s the best pick for McCain’s running mate. This morning she’s featuring a link to a piece by Jay Cost that makes the arguments for Romney. His first argument is that “Romney will energize conservatives.” Well, we are a conservative, and Romney puts us to sleep when he’s not irritating us. So…
And still a little more: Who do we like for McCain’s running mate? Well, three individuals still intrigue us, and we’ve mentioned their names here before. They are Gen. David Petraeus, if he is in fact a serious conservative who is both pro-life and an advocate of free-market capitalism (we don’t know). He certainly has the national security bona fides.
Next is the federal judge Janice Rogers Brown, who we think would excite America. Again, we love what she has to say about government, but don’t know if she is pro-life or not.
Finally, there’s one of our favorite people in public life, Clarence Thomas. The Left loathes Thomas, of course, so with him you get the pre-ordained paroxysm of the special hate they reserve for blacks who exhibit “false consciousness” by having their own view of the world. Janice Rogers Brown would quite naturally get the same treatment, but without the ongoing legacy of how it’s been targeted at Justice Thomas.