I’m starting to divide people into one group, which includes people who see the current crisis and wonder why anyone would want to be President of the United States, and another group, of people who see the current crisis and think they may become the next Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Mike Malloy and Digby both have placed themselves in the former group, and I am in the latter.
I imagine modern Republicans mostly go in the first group and only people who wouldn’t enjoy the job are running for president; now that we are down to McCain alone, that’s very probably so. Mind you, Bush also hates the job, but spends little time on the job and enjoys the recreation he does instead.
Whether or not John McCain loses the election (something he will do unless the very weird occurs), it is interesting to try to choose a nadir point for his campaign.
Randi Rhodes has done so, pronouncing ‘the fundamentals of our economy are strong’ that point, because that’s when Obama starts to pull away in polls. Not being a poll-follower nor wanting to be, I haven’t bothered checking that. Instead I followed my hunches, and discovered what I had been looking for: ‘the fundamentals of our economy are strong’ occurs just after the interview of Sarah Palin by Charlie Gibson.
Thus I am standing by my prior pronouncement that the nadir point is the naming of Sarah Palin as running mate. Since that day, the McCain campaign has been an exercise in damage control. I prefer not to read the polls, and instead look for when McCain stomped on the proverbial butterfly.