First Colin Powell, and now here’s Ken Adelman, a lifelong conservative Republican.
Why so, since my views align a lot more with McCainâ€™s than with Obamaâ€™s? And since I truly dread the notion of a Democratic president, Democratic House, and hugely Democratic Senate?
Primarily for two reasons, those of temperament and of judgment.
When the economic crisis broke, I found John McCain bouncing all over the place. In those first few crisis days, he was impetuous, inconsistent, and imprudent; ending up just plain weird. Having worked with Ronald Reagan for seven years, and been with him in his critical three summits with Gorbachev, Iâ€™ve concluded that thatâ€™s no way a president can act under pressure.
Second is judgment. The most important decision John McCain made in his long campaign was deciding on a running mate.
That decision showed appalling lack of judgment. Not only is Sarah Palin not close to being acceptable in high officeâ€”I would not have hired her for even a mid-level post in the arms-control agency. But that selection contradicted McCainâ€™s main two, and best two, themes for his campaignâ€”Country First, and experience counts. Neither can he credibly claim, post-Palin pick.
I sure hope Obama is more open, centrist, sensibleâ€”dare I say, Clintonesqueâ€”than his liberal record indicates, than his cooperation with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid portends. If not, I will be even more startled by my vote than I am now.
As Republican heavy-lifters and arch neocons migrate over to the Obama camp, it tells us a thing or two about the McCain campaign:
That the recent and ongoing financial blitz was not the reason why McCain lost support. He lost support but because it exposed how utterly maniacal his behaviour progressively became in the midst of the crisis. Very unpresidential.
Secondly, as Mr Adelman shows, criticising Sarah Palin does not make you an elitist. Especially if you were one to begin with.
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