That’s a pretty good analogy, Jim, except this: It was not pre-determined that John McCain should be blamed for the meltdown. This is why his high-profile support for the bailout was so devastating. In trying to associate himself with the solution, McCain ended up associating himself with the problem.
Yesterday, conservatives were cheering because McCain “took the gloves off,” connecting the dots between Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, congressional Democrats and Obama. Which would have been effective, if he had done that in the first place — instead of blaming “reckless conduct, corruption, and unbridled greed … on Wall Street.” and then trying to scapegoat SEC Chairman Chris Cox.
Why do voters blame Republicans for the crisis? Because McCain told them to! And then he took ownership of the “solution” that (a) voters saw as rewarding those who caused the problem, and (b) doesn’t seem to have fixed the crisis.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online