Francis Fukuyama, suck-up
I’m voting for Barack Obama this November for a very simple reason. It is hard to imagine a more disastrous presidency than that of George W. Bush. It was bad enough that he launched an unnecessary war and undermined the standing of the United States throughout the world in his first term. But in the waning days of his administration, he is presiding over a collapse of the American financial system and broader economy that will have consequences for years to come. As a general rule, democracies don’t work well if voters do not hold political parties accountable for failure. While John McCain is trying desperately to pretend that he never had anything to do with the Republican Party, I think it would a travesty to reward the Republicans for failure on such a grand scale.
McCain’s appeal was always that he could think for himself, but as the campaign has progressed, he has seemed simply erratic and hotheaded. His choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate was highly irresponsible; we have suffered under the current president who entered office without much knowledge of the world and was easily captured by the wrong advisers.
When Fukuyama was in a position to influence events, he instead focused his attention on attacking rivals. And now that President Bush’s failures have destroyed the credibility of his former friends, Fukuyama instinctively attacks Palin — a target of opportunity, so to speak — in the process of endorsing Obama, whose (alleged) superiority in “knowledge of the world” means more to Fukuyama than Obama’s transparent sympathy for America’s enemies.
He’s just a suck-up, not nearly as clever as he thinks himself to be, and if the gotterdammerung of the Bush era has yielded no other benefit to humanity, we can at least be thankful that it has made Fukuyama entirely irrelevant.
(Cross-posted at The Other McCain.)
Robert Stacy McCain