Monday, September 22, 2008

More on McCain
Mike Rappaport

One now reads that McCain wants to appoint Andrew Cuomo to head the SEC.  (Hat tip: Instapundit).   Whether or not he is serious, it is clear from McCain's other statements that he views the financial crisis as a question of fraud by private corporations rather than a bad set of rules established by government combined with negligent behavior by corporate actors. 

Sorry, this is not surprising.  In fact, this is exactly what I predicted when I first said that I would not support McCain.  He does not understand markets and he loves regulation.  If McCain is elected, the Republicans will not be forced to reform themselves.  They will become indistinguishable from the Democrats and they are likely to preside over a failed economy.  It is hard to see any upside for limited government. 

If Obama wins, he may screw things up royally, but the Republicans will attack him and will are liked to be forced to get back to their limited government and market principles.  The next four years look bad, but there is hope for the future.

Sorry, but that is still how I see it. 

Update: Since Glenn has linked to this post with the statement "why [Mike Rappaport] is not supporting McCain," I thought I should give readers a couple of other blog posts on the subject with additional reasons.  Here are three of many, and there are others on this page.

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Posted by: Emerson | Sep 22, 2008 7:17:58 PM

None of this will matter if a bomb is set off in an American city. I'm going with the guy that I think will keep us safer. McCain-Palin 2008

Posted by: tennismama | Sep 22, 2008 7:23:47 PM

McCain's knowledge of economics is rivaled only by Bill Reilly and Bernie Sanders. He's totally clueless.

But the socialism espoused by Obama is worse.

Posted by: Rex | Sep 22, 2008 7:33:34 PM

Dude: There is a war on. We need a warrior to be our CiC. Obama is an empty suit with the instincts of a feather merchant. Vote for McCain. Country first!

Posted by: Fat Man | Sep 22, 2008 7:56:28 PM

It does not seem McCain can last a week without reminding conservatives how detestable he is, and that is what is left to pass for a good thing.
From the Arab oil embargo of 1973, recessions, unemployment, inflation, and malaise, it was eight years to Reagan and what he represented. Let us remember that McCain posseses roughly equivalent understandings for free markets and economics as did Nixon, which is to say poor--EPA, OSHA, Department of Education,Wage and price controls, Breton Woods, big government. Since it was two years before Reagans policies took hold, that was nine years to a sustainable future.
From 1929, it was eleven years before the worst of government policies were rejected and others were coped with, and five more to the end of the war. 16 years.
I do not see any reason to suspect we have seen the end of the beginning, whoever is elected. The democracy is out of control.

Posted by: james wilson | Sep 22, 2008 8:08:02 PM

Republicans will attack him and will are liked to be forced to get back to their limited government and market principles.

And they'll succeed under the weight of a Democratic Congress; and consistent, radical 6-3 SCOTUS rulings for the next fifteen years? A retread Fairness Doctrine would sail right through. Do you even remember what made the 1994 revolution possible in the first place?

Look, I'm sorry reality isn't just what you wanted. But it's what you've got.

Posted by: Cover Me, Porkins | Sep 22, 2008 8:23:36 PM

Mike, with all due respect - and that's a great deal of respect - this is rationalization, and absurd rationalization at that. I agree with "Cover Me, Porkins" comment above - this is more bullsh*t rationalization a la Doug Kmiec. You think that Obama is Carter, but there's every reason to think he's FDR - regardless of how long he serves, we could face a half-century realignment of politics. We could face Obama replacing Scalia - you want to be responsible for that? There is no intellectually credible excuse for a conservative to not do everything possible to defeat Obama. What precedent can you point to for this idea that a McCain defeat will lead to a conservative revival in 2012?

Posted by: Simon | Sep 22, 2008 8:38:53 PM

"None of this will matter if a bomb is set off in an American city."

Please, stop it. I'm having flashbacks to the scaremongering used in 2004 to get Bush elected.

As for complaints about McCain, I have a few, and they aren't trivial. However, even those are trivial in comparison to the damage that BHO would do to the U.S.

The better way to handle this issue would be to try to change McCain. And, if people actually got off their couches, that wouldn't be that difficult. Simply go to a McCain appearance, ask him a real question designed to make his position look bad, and upload his response to Youtube. If enough people do that, he'll eventually be forced to change his position.

I don't know enough about the current topic to fashion a question, but here's one in the area that I cover:

Posted by: NoMoreBlatherDotCom | Sep 22, 2008 8:41:48 PM

For me, it's pretty simple. McCain is terrible on the economy but pretty sound on defense. Obama is a different kind of terrible on the economy and terrible on defense. We are at war. Add to that Obama's antecedents and associates. Advantage: McCain. No, I'm not happy about it. Fortunately I can still vote even if I'm not happy about it.

Posted by: Oh, bother | Sep 22, 2008 9:11:49 PM

The most powerful branch of government is now the Judiciary.

If McCain does put forward conservative Supremes (as he seems to want to do), then he limits his damage; and does a lot of good.

0'marxist's Supremes will royally screw this country for decades.

Posted by: mockmook | Sep 22, 2008 11:18:35 PM

May we soon end our delusive expectations that McCain will appoint conservative judges? He's lying.
He lied about his change on illegal immigration, so we know he'll do whatever suits him.
He personally authored an unconstitutional measure in the anti-speech McCain-Feingold law.
He's shot from the hip once again demanding the whipping of Chris Cox and replacing him with Andrew Cuomo (bipartisanism is another word for date rape).
He's damn well not going to make appointments that make his 'good friends" unhappy, and that means Teddy and friends.
We're going to have a full clip shot at us either way; why pay for the bullets?
Have we learned noting from eight years of George 11 and the lesser evil?
The democracy itself is out of control. We will not control it through McCain; we will not control McCain. He detests conservatives, and hardly misses an opportunity to show it. Palin will be consumed within this dymnamic, the bone he threw us chewed to extinction.

Posted by: james wilson | Sep 23, 2008 8:18:14 AM

Have you heard Obama's opinions on Constitutional Law? They had his law professor on NPR the other day, and let me tell was scary stuff. "Invisible Constitution" kind of stuff.

Posted by: khirareq | Sep 23, 2008 2:55:46 PM