Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The cult of McCain?

And critics accuse the left of messianism in our enthusiasm for Barack Obama?

...the difference in moral stature between presidential candidates has rarely been as enormous as it is today--not (or not only) because Obama's is so small but because McCain's is so large. There is no single English word for McCain the hero, the moral entity. But in Hebrew he would be called a tsaddik--a man of such nobility and moral substance that he approaches holiness. If this assertion sounds crazy, that only shows how little we have thought about the issue.


"Who shall ascend the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart" (Psalm 24:3-4). Whether you like or dislike his politics, that is John McCain all over.

-David Gelernter, "Clean Hands and a Pure Heart" The Weekly Standard, 11/03/2008

(Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan)

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