Saucers of Mud

September 20, 2008

Not Prepared for All Contingencies

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 4:30 pm

You may have heard that John McCain just published an article under his name in Contingencies, the magazine of the American Association of Actuaries, in which he said:

Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation

among other stupid things.

What I want to know is: Why is McCain publishing an article in Contingencies at all right now? Steve Benen says, “As far as the McCain campaign was concerned, few would actually see the piece, and the likelihood of it having a serious impact on the campaign was negligible” (I assume this is based on inference rather than talking to anyone in the campaign). But then what would be the benefit of having the article published?

As far as I can tell the campaign created a situation where the article would be publicized only if it created some jaw-dropping stupidity that could be used against him. What were they thinking? You don’t see Obama sending stuff to law reviews right now.


1 Comment »

  1. He’s pandering to the actuary vote. Actuaries are a natural constituency for McCain since they are already professionally interested in calculating the dire consequences if a critical person kicks the bucket. Also,

    Besides, your criticism is based on the outmoded paradigm of reading “meanings” into “words.” The literal, I mean liberal, interpretations of McCain’s utterances shouldn’t be at issue, because this is no time for nitpicking about “facts” while there’s a war on.

    Comment by Ben — September 23, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

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