The main danger of John McCain is that he will so lower the bar for statesmanship and competence that, regardless of whether he or Obama gets into office, expectations will be so low that a successful presidency will be defined by wearing a flag in your lapel, not crapping yourself in public and not nuking The South Pole by accident.


Asked about increased exports, particularly of cigarettes, to Iran, Senator McCain “joked:”


“Maybe that’s a way of killing them.”



We eagerly await futher displays of what McCain has learned at the Silvio Berlusconi School of International Relations.