From the mailbag:
With regard to McCain’s reluctance to mention Rev. Wright, etc. and intention to run a “respectable” campaign, I think my brother posed it best: McCain is Charlie Brown and the democrats are Lucy holding the football.
Or maybe the football’s Sarah Palin and Lucy is Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric. From another reader:
I remember reading many, many years ago that the central conflict in the Western economic system wasn’t between Capitalism and Socialism, it was between New Wealth and Old Wealth. Joe the Plumber is New Wealth – Joe Biden, Barack Obama (thanks to book sales) and Ted Kennedy are Old Wealth. Mark knows perfectly well what a testament to Old Wealth that Canada is, because that’s what a Welfare State preserves. Joseph Schumpeter’s creative destruction was meant for Main Street, and Main Street is Joe the Plumber, not some idiotic Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and Acorn inspired mess that the Democrats created. The Financial Services industry is circling the drain and the Democrats want to tax Joe the Plumber to stop the leak. To borrow a riff on William F Buckley, with a deliberate jab at Chris Buckley’s sudden affinity for Tina Brown, I say:
“Fix Your Own Goddamn Drains!”
No need to worry. Barack will make the drains run on time. If not all the time.