Thursday, September 25, 2008


I'm trying to imagine President John McCain on September 11, 2001. It scares the hell out of me.

He would have felt the attackers had the momentum -- so he'd have been looking for a "game-changing" "Hail Mary" to turn the momentum around instantly. What would it have been?

Suspend the Constitution? Disband Congress and the Supreme Court? Impose martial law on the entire United States? Nuke every Arab and Muslim country on the planet?

All of the above?

John Dickerson in Slate:

The beneficial effects of the Palin Hail Mary lasted only a few weeks, and another adrenaline injection was needed. If this one doesn't work, that's OK -- in due time they can try another razzle-dazzle play. And if it does work, that's great -- in due time they can still try another razzle-dazzle play. It all makes the prospect of a McCain White House very exciting.

"Adrenaline injection" -- that's what he'd have wanted on 9/11. Can you imagine? His reaction would have made Bush and Cheney seem sane and rational by comparison.

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