I was doing a little light reading in between coughing fits and stumbled upon* today’s article in The Week by Gormogon favorite David Frum. I’ll clip a few highlights here, but it’s worth the extra click or two to pop over and read the full story here. After reading it, it just seems like a vote for Obama/Biden is a vote for the Junior Varsity.
In an ongoing family email debate (ok, maybe our family is a little weird), I have relatives claiming that Obama demonstrated leadership with his stance on the Russia-Georgia mess (which all Gormogon readers should be well versed). Frum hits the nail on the head:
Crisis does not bring out the best in Barack Obama. His instinct is to equivocate and temporize. We saw that tendency in August, when the Russians invaded Georgia and Obama had to work through a gamut of soft-line stances before arriving at the same position that John McCain had announced immediately.
So, maybe Obama is onto something blaming the current mortgage crisis on “failed Bush policies”. Well, let’s check in with the astute Mr. Frum:
Obama omits a key point: the specific policy underlying the mess is one he has enthusiastically endorsed throughout his career—the use of public loan guarantees to stimulate private home construction.
While I have my own issues with McCain, he at least DID something – he proposed legislation over two years ago to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac. In doing so he ripped into then-CEO of Fannie Mae, Raines (now an advisor to the Obama campaign). Maybe the Obama camp should reconsider blasting McCain for having lobbyists on the team – Biden’s son is one, and Obama has a host of them too…but much like I’ve mentioned before, people are blinded by their own hypocrisy.
* – Note, for those of you using Mozilla Firefox, I’d like to recommend an add-on called “Stumble Upon”. It adds a toolbar to your browser with a button that will take you to random websites based on favorites you’ve set.