Lisa Schiffren believes that President George W. Bush can set aside his deep love of the common man and, because he will never run for office again, he is now free to to do the right thing and not live the shameful life of compromise that has nearly broken his spirit these past eight years:
My objection to having either McCain or Obama playing a big role in this bailout is this: because they both need votes now, they have too great an incentive to pander to the lower middle classes, those with foreclosed homes, or late student loans or car loans — or any of the undesirable economic problems that people have already tried to incorporate into this finance-sector bailout. It isn’t really so easy to make the argument that the financial sector needs to be rescued to preserve capitalism and the economy — while real, suffering people do not. There are good arguments, of course. But they will ring a little hollow to many of the real people, with suffering neighbors and friends, whose votes both candidates want. So, with the money box open, it may be that we, the taxpayers are better off having George Bush, who is free to stand on principle, take the lead in setting limits on the bailout.
This is like asking an alcoholic to hide the booze from the kids.