During the presidential campaign of 2008 I explained the conservative voter's dilemma thusly: Obama will surely round us up and send us to re-education camps (Gitmo will have space), but if McCain wins he will drive us insane. Choose wisely.
The problem with McCain (there's only one?
--ed.) is brought vividly to light in George Will's latest column
about how the Arizona political establishment, with McCain flying point, is trying to shut up the Goldwater Institute, which is suing to defend a state constitutional provision prohibiting blatant taxpayer giveaways. Will nails it with this section:
Constitutions do not impress the co-author of the McCain-Feingold assault on the First Amendment (his law restricts political speech). But the institute's job -- actually, it is every Arizonan's job -- is to protect the public interest. A virtuoso of indignation, McCain is scandalized that the institute, "a non-elected organization," is going to cause the loss of "a thousand jobs." McCain's jobs number is preposterous, as is his intimation -- he has been in elective office for 28 years -- that non-elected people should not intervene in civic life.
Hear, hear. My favorite McCain joke, by the way, runs as follows: What was the worst job in North Vietnam? Guarding John McCain. They're all still in therapy.