The New York Times published a blunt lead editorial today, “Up and Down the Learning Curve,” with the blurb:
America’s energy problems are complex, and solving them will require leaders with restless curiosity and an open mind.
The piece notes that despite the “cramped rules of the presidential debates and the McCain campaign’s descent into content-free name-calling.”:
Still, we have heard enough to know that there are big differences between John McCain and Barack Obama.
The NYT notes that Obama “keeps moving up the learning curve on energy issues,” and “His present strategy is coherent and farsighted.” The NYT also details McCain’s strategy. Rather than rehashing that here, let me quote one telling anecdote from the vice presidential debate that I didn’t write about at the time but that the NYT hones in on:
Ms. Palin’s strategy is frighteningly simplistic: drill for more oil. Any doubt on that score was erased in the vice presidential debate, when she delightedly corrected Senator Joseph Biden about the party’s new slogan. He had complained that the Republicans stood for “drill, drill, drill.” No, she said, it’s “drill, baby, drill.”
She seemed downright gleeful repeating this shameful GOP chant. The NYT notes that “if Ms. Palin is to be believed, [McCain] has more or less anointed her as his energy czar.”
Kudos to the NYT for this powerful editorial.