When George Will says a right wing conservative candidate for president is unfit to be president, his comments should be taken very,very seriously.
Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama.
Conservatives who insist that electing McCain is crucial usually start, and increasingly end, by saying he would make excellent judicial selections. But the more one sees of his impulsive, intensely personal reactions to people and events, the less confidence one has that he would select judges by calm reflection and clear principles, having neither patience nor aptitude for either.
It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?
John McCain simply cannot address criticism like this in the waning days of the campaign. Questions of temperament and character are things that republicans should have addressed during the primary season, and they failed to do so. Will sees a train wreck coming for the republican party as well as for the country should McCain win in November. For Will, such a column is an act of patriotism. For Republicans, however, Will’s act of service and party sacrifice came several months too late.