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“NOT SINCE 1972

Posted by PrestoPundit on 06/05/2008

have we been presented with two such painfully inadequate candidates.” — Thomas Sowell.
 
Actually, in my judgment these two candidates are far worse than George McGovern and Richard Nixon.  Nixon had character flaws that fed upon the left wing establishment that really was out to get him; but on the other had he was also one of the sharpest and most experienced Presidents in American history.  He did stuff, much of it stuff that most people think should have been done (regardless of my own opinions.)  McGovern was an essentially honest and decent person, not outside the mainstream of the Democratic party — and much more like “Old Right” conservatives and Republicans on foreign policy than FDR and Johnson (or Nixon and Eisenhower.)  McGovern had been around and was respected over many years of service in the Senate.  He’s liked and respected even today, and worked closely with giants of the Republican party like Bob Dole. 

I don’t need to get into all of the ways McCain and Obama are different in kind from Nixon and McGovern, but for starters Obama utterly lacks the honesty, decency, and years of mainstream experience you find in McGovern, and McCain lacks Nixon’s keen intelligence and deep political understanding.  McGovern is an ethical, truthful, and essentially mainstream American — Barack Obama is not.  Nixon was brilliant and knowledgeable master of policy, politics, and government — John McCain is not.

But I agree with Thomas Sowell on this:

Senator John McCain has been criticized in this column many times.
But, when all is said and done, Senator McCain has not spent decades
aiding and abetting people who hate America.

On the contrary, he has paid a huge price for resisting our
enemies, even when they held him prisoner and tortured him. The choice
between him and Barack Obama should be a no-brainer.

But read his whole argument and decide for yourself.

There’s no one’s who’s political judgment I esteem more than Sowell’s, and if anyone is going to talk me into (painfully) pulling the lever for John McCain, it’ll be Sowell. 

But it would help a whole lot if McCain could pick a decent VP.

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