My top bloggers all hate John McCain, but they're usually a little vague about why. So I trawled around a bit looking and I've gotta say, I'm underwhelmed. As well as I could make out he is guilty of the following sins.
- Enthusiastic tobacco regulator and taxer.
- Doesn't want people to get big contributions to campaigns (I'm agnostic about this).
- Has a kind of old fashioned view of virtue and what counts as a meaningful life.
- Drug warrior.
- He's hawkish.
- Makes supply-side noises.
- Evidence stacked up since World War II suggests that, contrary to popular opinion, he may have told a lie.
- He has no grand vision for America in the 21st century (good!).
Give me a break. Fine I don't like most of these things either, but a) I don't find them outrageous, indefensible or even important and b) I would find it astonishing (and weird) if I liked everything about a candidate and c) The fact that this is the worst people can muster does actually say a lot. People who like markets so much should know that you can't usually rest your case by simply noting the cons while ignoring the pros, and McCain has a lot going for him.
I do like him less now, which is good I think, and I'm a little anxious about his choice of running mate, especially since there's a reasonable chance he'll die in the next few years.