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George Will thrashes McCain

Conservative columnist George Will absolutely goes off on John McCain:

For McCain, politics is always operatic, pitting people who agree with him against those who are “corrupt” or “betray the public’s trust,” two categories that seem to be exhaustive — there are no other people….

It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?

The proximate cause of Will’s dismay is what he calls McCain’s “fact-free slander” of Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Christopher Cox.

These are very tough words coming from perhaps our best-known conservative pundit.

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  1. Pete Chianca

    Will is actually at Salem State tonight, filling in for John and Elizabeth Edwards, who were otherwise occupied. Wonder how much this will figure in to his talk?

  2. Don, American

    Well, that convinces me. . .

  3. mike_b1

    It just supports what I’ve been saying all along: politics is about consensus and compromise. McCain is just another “if you’re not with me you’re against me” rightwingnut. That doesn’t play internationally. Or anywhere, outside the Bush White House. John McCain: George H.W. Bush’s “other” son.

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