George Will (!) goes off on poor John McCain (about 1:20 in the clip):
I suppose the McCain campaign’s hope is that when there’s a big crisis, people will go for age and experience. The question is who, in this crisis, looked more Presidential: calm and unflustered? It wasn’t John McCain, who (as usual) substituting vehemence for experience, said “Let’s fire somebody!” and he picked one of the most experienced and conservative people in the administration, Chris Cox, and for no apparent reason — or at least none he’d vouchsafe — said “Fire Chris Cox at the SEC.” It was unpresidential behavior by a presidential aspirant.
Then Sam Donaldson weighs in: “The question of age is back on the table.”
And somewhat later Will concludes: “John McCain showed his personality this week, and it made some of us fearful.”
This is what I’d hoped for: the people who consider themselves “grown-ups” deciding that John McCain is simply not fit for the office he seeks. If I’m not mistaken, the last time Will got off the reservation was when he’d had enough of Bush the First in 1992.
Obama’s laid-back coolth may cost him some “like to have a beer with” points, but in crisis it’s pretty damned reassuring, even to people who don’t like his policy positions.