The financial crisis is definitely not good news. But I was delighted to see news about this poll today in the NYT. "Who would bring about real change in the way things are done in Washington?" 65% said Obama, 37% said McCain. Margins are about the same as before the conventions. The old "markets are good, govt is bad" sales pitch the GOP has been using for as long as McCain has been in Washington is not just coming to an end, it is being brutally murdered in Wall Street right in front of our eyes. Markets do not and cannot set economic policy. To do that takes brains, insight, understanding, and guts. Plus it takes political leaders who actually work and are competent. For 30 years, the message of the GOP has been that life is one big party, provided you have big guns and can just shoot the hell out of anybody who gets in your way. The rest of the world and most thinking adults know that is pure nonsense, and dangerous. But as long as the GOP did no real damage, they could get away with it. That time is over. The time for putting someone like Cox in charge of the SEC, a guy the main players don't even bother to call if there is a real problem, is over. Money is what talks in the US. You can be damn sure that people who are losing their shirts right now are taking this very seriously. No matter where you turn, you get the same answer. This crisis could have been avoided. But the reason it was not was because the anti-government, anti-regulation morons have been so effective for 30 years. The Bush administration made things much worse by putting in figureheads, frat boys, and party buddies whenever they could, to make sure govt would be ineffective at best. Now we are paying the price for that. There is not a chance in hell that the GOP can persuade people now that the appropriate response to a financial melt-down is just to "feel good about American workers" or to have an idiot like McCain give a lame speech like that yesterday. If we just love America, love workers, and above all, attack Democrats as people who hate America, hater workers, things will be fine. The guy has absolutely no clue. Sarah Palin does not even know what a clue is. The empty hat in the White House knows only one thing: that he and God are tight, that he has never made any mistakes, and that neither he nor the GOP are accountable to anyone but themselves. Good luck finding people who believe that, and want it to continue. That's what I think. What do you think? Do you think a financial melt-down will be a reality check in the election?