Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Defending McCain

An excellent column by David Brooks this morning. Excerpt:
Over the course of his career, McCain has tried to do the impossible. He has challenged the winds of the money gale. He has sometimes failed and fallen short. And there have always been critics who cherry-pick his compromises, ignore his larger efforts and accuse him of being a hypocrite.
This is, of course, the gospel of the mediocre man: to ridicule somebody who tries something difficult on the grounds that the effort was not a total success. But any decent person who looks at the McCain record sees that while he has certainly faltered at times, he has also battled concentrated power more doggedly than any other legislator. If this is the record of a candidate with lobbyists on his campaign bus, then every candidate should have lobbyists on the bus.
Voltaire had something to say about this, too.

1 comment:

George Musser said...

I was moved by this remark, too. But let us hope that Brooks will apply the same principle to Democratic candidates. Indeed, the Clinton health initiative might fall into the category of better to try and fail than never to try at all.