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George Will has an interesting and hardhitting column excoriating John McCain for his response to the financial crisis, especially for what Will labels McCain’s “operatic” politics and his “Manichaean worldview”.  Near the end of his column, Will states: 

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. 

I would state the conservative argument for McCain on judicial selections somewhat more modestly:  Barack Obama is a sure bet to make terrible Supreme Court appointments.  With McCain, notwithstanding the impulsiveness that Will decries, conservatives will have a real (but far from certain) prospect for quality appointments.  That’s ample reason to favor McCain over Obama.


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