Friday, September 19, 2008

Gail Collins' Alpha Dogs Bark

In today's OpEd piece, with tongue in cheek, Gail Collins is liberal with her criticism of both candidates' responses to this week's economic meltdown. But at least she thought Obama's calm demeanor was soothing.

McCain's angry week is summarized by Collins:

Monday he blamed the financial crisis on greedy speculators.

Tuesday he blamed it on people who didn’t respect the American worker.

Wednesday he blamed the crisis on C.E.O.’s with golden parachutes until it was pointed out that one of his highest-profile advisers, Carly Fiorina, had sailed out of Hewlett-Packard with a 24-karat whopper.

Thursday he was mad at the head of the Securities Exchange Commission (or was that the FEC?) and accused Obama of responding to the crisis with “the kind of me-first, country-second politics” that “sees an economic crisis as a political opportunity instead of a time to lead.”

Friday McCain claimed that people like Obama were “too busy gaming the system” to fix things, and that the junior senator from Illinois, despite his brief career in Washington, was smack dab in the middle of a “culture of lobbying and influence-peddling” that created the whole financial crisis.

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