Posted by: Rick | Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Nightmare That Wasn’t

In a must-read Vanity Fair profile of John McCain, Todd Purdum reminds Democrats why Barack Obama isn’t so bad after all:

[I]t’s an interesting thought experiment to imagine what the first two years of a McCain-Palin partnership in the White House might have produced.  There would probably have been no stimulus bill, and the country’s economic condition would be no better (and probably worse).  General Motors and Chrysler would have been allowed to go bankrupt rather than helped to emerge into a state of healthiness, as they may well be doing.  There would have been no significant new regulation of the financial industry.  The Bush tax cuts for those Americans with the highest incomes—something McCain had opposed before reversing himself—would have been extended.  There would have been only modest health-insurance reform, at best—McCain’s proposals were Republican boilerplate and meant for use in the campaign, never a serious program.  Perhaps there would have been greater progress on immigration, though McCain had already abandoned that issue, and it’s easier to imagine his taking the more nativist stance he has since adopted.  There would be no Supreme Court justices Kagan and Sotomayor, but there would likely be two more conservative justices, and the days of Roe v. Wade would be numbered.  There would be no troop drawdown in Iraq.   The United States might well have bombed or blockaded Iran in response to that country’s flawed election last year, or in response to its nuclear program. . . .

And so on.  Teabagger Paradise.  (I actually think Purdum greatly understates the nightmare, particularly on the economy.  With no Keynesian stimulus at all, welcome to 1933.  But you get the idea.)

The take-away message for Democrats?  As Al Davis would say: Just win, baby.

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