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Kristol: Time for McCain to Step Up

September 29, 2008

Bill Kristol at the Standard blog:

No one wants to take ownership of the task of rescuing the economy right now. The Bush-Paulson plan has failed. The administration, House Democrats, and House Republicans (above all) have all proved unable to deliver. But there is someone who might be able to save the economy–and incidentally the Republican party: John McCain.

He should come back to D.C. But this time he needs to take charge–either by laying out the outlines of his own plan, or presiding over meetings at which a real plan that can pass is cobbled together. He might also insist on the immediate passage of a couple of provisions (raising or removing FDIC insurance limits, for example) that could mitigate the damage that could be done over the next few days.

It’s time for McCain to act decisively, and to lead, as he did with the surge. No one else seems up to it

The time is definitely right an McCain could change the downward trickle of his campaign. He needs to get Mitt Romney on camera and have that square jawed man reassure Americans right now that everything is going to be all right.

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