John McCain’s Decision Making

Crooks and Liars does an excellent run down of a Newshour piece on McCain’s decision making. Check it out.

Key summary:

“NORMAN ORNSTEIN, American Enterprise Institute: John McCain is a fighter pilot. A lot of his persona comes from being a fighter pilot.

This is a man who not only constantly questions authority, but is fond of making last-minute, from-the-gut, impulsive, risk-taking decisions, and believing to his bones that there may be a risk here, but it will pay off.

An impulsive decision-making style is fine if you’re riding a jet. An impulsive decision-making style is fine if you’re piloting a jet in combat. It’s fine if you’re a senator where the consequences are not going to be that long-lasting. It’s a real question mark when you move into the presidency.”

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