Monday, November 03, 2008

Agreeing to Disagree

Peggy Noonan's sharp criticisms of the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate caused consternation among many conservatives, and I recall reading at least one blog that claimed that she had endorsed Barack Obama. However, her interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez suggests differently:

[Y]ou know how I feel about the inadequacies not only of the campaign but of some of McCain’s judgments....But at the end of the day the old-fashioned idea of prudence comes into play. I see three arguments for a McCain vote, the first being the runaway train — bigger Democratic majorities in Congress plus a popular new Democratic president, plus a Democratic base thirsting for innovation, may well produce something wild, and who will put on the brakes? The other is the life issues, in which Obama’s disposition is apparently to the left of Bill Clinton. Our last Democratic president yielded some good things — balanced budgets for instance — due to a Republican Congress. Divided government has its virtues. In any case these three arguments are, for me, decisive


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