LA Times: WASHINGTON -- One is hot, the other cool. One is a man of quick action, the other a man of abiding caution. One claims the role of national maverick; the other hopes to play the role of national mediator.Wrong. McCain's style of hot-headed gut decision making -- look at Palin -- is the worst. He is just like Bush in that regard. Obama's thoughtful, calm and wise, and puts people at ease. McCain gets people hyped up on fear. Just give him a cowboy hat and some boots and he's raring to go, just like his veep candidate, the secretive and vindictive one. "We are all Georgians!"
The choice between John McCain and Barack Obama is not only between contrasting parties and policies; it's also between two markedly different styles of leadership. Those contrasts were sharply evident Friday as the presidential candidates sought to show how they would lead the nation through its latest harrowing financial crisis.
Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.) heatedly called on the Federal Reserve to stop bailing out big financial firms, proposed a new agency to "fix them before they become insolvent," and vowed to stamp out "corruption and unbridled greed" on Wall Street.
Sen. Obama (D-Ill.) announced that he had decided not to issue a financial rescue plan -- because he wanted to give the Bush administration a chance to work out a bipartisan solution without political interference.
"It's about their leadership styles," said Stanley A. Renshon, a scholar of the presidency who is also a psychiatrist. "McCain is a man of trying to do things. Obama is a man who tends to act cautiously and prudently. . . . It's not that one approach is necessarily better; they both come with advantages and risks."
We need a grownup in office.