Bill Murchison

Sarah Palin wants to run for president? Quick -- get the butterfly net. Who in his -- or her -- right mind would want to strut into the economic Hiroshima that the Democratic Congress and White House seem bent on precipitating? What a fine mess!

Someone of course has to come along eventually and clean it all up: someone maybe with a little more experience than a former half-term governor of our most northerly state. At that, the job will be formidable and terrifying, unless the coalition of Frank, Waxman, Pelosi and Franken, with the president at the steering wheel, somehow fails to run the economy off the cliff.

Come to think of it, the whole national government appears out of its mind. There's probably never been such a collection of, shall we say, Gadarene politicians when it comes to economic policy. These people, unless they happen to be suicidal, show no sign of understanding what they're up to. Sarah Palin's touted talent for field-dressing a moose won't get her far when it comes to shoveling out the bits and pieces left from an experiment in turning over the world's greatest economy to politicians and bureaucrats. Which, one is sorry to say, is about what the Democrats are up to, without acknowledging the fact.

Energy, health care, banking, Wall Street, the automobile industry -- the Democrats want to run it, tax it, or, preferably, both. This, during what's usually described as our biggest economic mess since World War II, with Medicare facing economic collapse around the time the Obama girls go to college (if not sooner). Sarah Palin has a lot of personal appeal, but nothing she's yet shown us suggests she has the aptitude for saying boo to Barney Frank, much less for giving him the political workover he deserves.

What do the Republicans do for leadership? Nothing is more unclear right now. John McCain, who didn't exactly clear the way for the Obama-Biden team, but didn't hinder it either, has shown signs of vitality in debate. John Boehner, the House majority leader, gave a terrific performance in fighting the "clean air" bill, which threatens to dirty the whole economy. Then there's Gov. Mark Sanford. Next subject, please.

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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