Monday, October 6, 2008

It Ain't Over Till the Fat Lady Sings... but...

she might be warming up.

The New Republic makes some excellent points about the demise of Brand McCain.

Republicans and Democrats have been arguing over the proper role of government for a century. In 1980 voters sided with Ronald Reagan and Republicans that government had become too big and intrusive. Then the economy worked in the Republicans' favor. Today the pendulum has swung in our direction. Republican philosophies have been discredited by events. Voters understand this. This is a big election about big issues. McCain's smallball will not work. This race will not be decided by lipsticked pigs. And John McCain can not escape that reality. The only unknowns are the size of the margin and the breadth of the Democratic advantage in the next Congress.
McCain has appeared at best erratic, at worst, dangerously flawed and out of touch. Not any sort of behavior that would engender trust in his leadership at a time when people are looking for a steady hand and a keen mind. At such a time, what does John McCain give us, clueless denial and Sarah Palin. All this, plus a promise of continuing the the policies of the last 8 years. Great.