"What we need in this situation is authority. Not heavy-handed government regulation, but the steady and powerful hand of some public institutions that can guard against the corrupting influences of sloppy money and then prevent destructive contagions when the credit dries up." This is David Brooks, conservative GOP columnist in the NYT, giving what to me sounds like a rock solid endorsement of Barak Obama for president of the US. He can't come right out and say it, but what he criticizes in his own party would go double for McCain. McCain is erratic, reactive, emotional, blinded by his private "beliefs." Does not play well with others, can't think for very long. Brooks goes on: "Ive spoken with several House Republicans over the past few days and most admirably believe in free-market principles. Whats sad is that they still think its 1984. They still think the biggest threat comes from socialism and Walter Mondale liberalism. They seem not to have noticed how global capital flows have transformed our political economy." You can't even count the ways in which McCain hasn't noticed how the world, the US, global economies & relationships have been transformed. Palin? She is so busy trying not to blink she doesn't really have time to notice the world. Plus she has to keep her hair, her posture, her glasses, smile, and clothes looking good. That is her ticket, and you just don't have time to do everything, do you. Is that "authority"? Is self-absorption what people really need and want in a crisis? Hmmm. I don't see any way to read this editorial except as a solid, though very implicit, endorsement of Barak Obama for President of the US. He has an old-fashioned kind of authority, the steady hand.