My response to Bill Kristol’s column in today’s NYT

William Kristol writes a column in the New York Times every Monday. His column today about the McCain Campaign is an interesting indication of the degree of despair that possesses the McCain camp.
Unless McCain changes (to the Kristol “why doesn’t he do this…and this” recipe) McCain –writes neo-con Kristol– is DOOMED!

OK, Bill said “doomed” in lower case, but the rest is…strictly accurate.

Herewith my Comment to William:

“Dear Bill,

To quote yourself in your own column today, back to you:

“The McCain campaign, once merely problematic, is now close to being out-and-out dysfunctional. Its combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has become toxic. If the race continues over the next three weeks to be a conventional one, McCain is doomed.”

Face it, Bill! This is John McCain’s Job-Application for the Presidency! This is the erratic way he runs his campaign; this is the erratic way he will run the country.

Most of us saw his “vitally important, campaign-interrupting, headline-grabbing” dash back to Washington and the big bailout meeting –at which he spoke not a word!– as Purest Gimmickry. (As most of us see his Palin-Pick.)

In the absence of serious discussion, the nation has been considering the evidence.
It has been comparing the two candidates and their campaigns.

I invite you to consider The Obama “Job Application”. By sheerest contrast with McCain’s, his has been highly competent, smooth, well-organized, restrained (remember “restraint”?)–and centred around a man who offers a fine mind and a winning, even temperament, along with his brand of “ruthless pragmatism” and promise of effective leadership, to the nation in these most parlous times. (Apparently your respected conservative colleagues, George Will and Charles Krauthammer, among others, have come to agree with me.)
To be brutally frank, I believe that the country has HAD IT with our Troubled Sons of Privilege –the Bushes and the McCains. And why? Because Privilege has let us down so badly.
Now, I say, it’s Barack time: let’s give the quietly-determined, well-spoken Harvard-graduating Son of Food Stamps the chance he deserves.
And that we deserve.”

After all, what could be more American!


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