Pundit and columnist George Will came out this week with a devastating assessment of the Arizona Republican. The issue at hand is McCain's response to the nation's financial crisis.
Here's the opening of Will's column:
Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It's not Barack Obama.Ouch! This might hurt. But Will continues:
Channeling his inner Queen of Hearts, John McCain furiously, and apparently without even looking around at the facts, said Chris Cox, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, should be decapitated. This childish reflex provoked The Wall Street Journal to editorialize that "McCain untethered"—disconnected from knowledge and principle—had made a "false and deeply unfair" attack on Cox that was "unpresidential" and "demonstrated that McCain doesn't understand what's happening on Wall Street any better than Barack Obama does."Wow, a twofer—losing Will and the Wall Street Journal at one moment. There's more in the Will column, originally published by the Washington Post and published today in the Tulsa World.
Will's conclusion: Because of his "boiling moralism," McCain "is not suited to the presidency."