McDictator

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

John McCain just hired the Weekly Standard’s Michael Goldfarb to be his number-two communications guy. Glenn Greenwald points out that this isn’t a particularly encouraging sign when it comes to reining in executive power. Goldfarb has written (falsely, by any reasonable reading of the Constitution, Federalist Papers, or diaries of the Constitutional Convention) that the founders believed the president should have "near dictatorial" powers when it comes to war and foreign policy.

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8 Responses to “McDictator”

  1. #1 |  Jozef | 

    “by any reasonable reading of the Constitution, Federalist Papers, or dairies of the Constitutional Convention”

    So the founding fathers spent the convention drinking milk? Or did they do any “Got Milk” adverts instead of writing the Constitution?

  2. #2 |  Nando | 

    John McCain just hired the Weekly Standard’s Michael Goldfarb two be his number-two communications guy

    Radley, I hate to be a grammar nazi, but you used the wrong form of “to” in your first sentence (you added a “w”).

    On the subject matter, this guy is pretty out there in right field. At least he isn’t a lobbyist, LOL

  3. #3 |  annemg | 

    I kind of like the idea of dairies of the Constitutional Convention. In all seriousness… the idea that the founding fathers felt that the president should have near-dictatorial powers with respect to anything at all is nothing short of ludicrous. It makes me wonder if perhaps Goldfarb is reading the history of the wrong country.

  4. #4 |  Zeb | 

    Nando,
    I like being a word usage Nazi, so here you go. Substituting “two” for “to” is not a grammar mistake, it is a word choice (or more likely spelling) mistake.

  5. #5 |  chris horton | 

    Good one Jozef! And you KNOW it was raw milk to boot! If it’s good enough for George……..

  6. #6 |  Outside The Beltway | OTB | 

    Goldfarb and McCain…

    Yesterday’s announcement that Weekly Standard blogger Michael Goldfarb is taking a leave of absence “to serve as deputy communications director of the McCain campaign” has been greeted with surprising interest from bloggers across the…

  7. #7 |  old | 

    Who the hell would hire a blogger for anything? I thought the ads on their sidebars paid them handsomely!

  8. #8 |  The Goldfarb Variations | 

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