The Corner

Fear Itself

George Bush has probably had the hardest administration since Lincoln. I feel for him. But his speech on the economy just now was lackluster. Neal Cavuto says he should stay from the cameras for awhile. John McCain, on the other hand, can’t afford to be lackluster. He has got to make the case that, at a time when some are (optimistically?) proclaiming the end of American capitalism, it would be dangerous to have Bill Ayers’s pal reshape the economy. McCain has also got to say that we have lots to fear but that fear itself is out of control and a contributing factor. He must find a way to call for confidence in America a way that the fear-mongering Obama campaign can’t pillory. Tall order, but possible. Maybe.

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