The Economist, ever a beacon of hope in the often-dim world of reporting and commentary, had a wonderful piece on John McCain which expressed their dissappointment in McCain’s abandonment of his maverick principles.
The magazine was correct to suggest that McCain abandon his newfound social conservatism and return to his more libertarian-esque beliefs in limited government and social freedom.
To sum it up in The Economist’s own words:
Two months remain before the election, more than enough time for Mr McCain to allay some of these worries. He needs to spend less time reassuring evangelicals that he agrees with them about abortion and gay marriage, and more time having another look at his tax plans. The old John McCain attacked Mr Bush for his tax cuts, which he said were unaffordable. The new John McCain not only wants to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, but wants to add to them by virtually eliminating estate tax (something that would benefit a tiny number of very rich families, like his own). He also proposes to slash corporation tax. People on middle incomes would see little benefit. Independent analysts agree that Mr McCain’s plans would increase an already huge deficit.
Hawkish foreign policy, irresponsible tax cuts, more talk about religion and abortion: all this sounds too much like Bush Three, the label the Democrats are trying to hang around the Republican’s neck. We preferred McCain One.