Maverick, we have some problems

Anche il Wall Street Journal pare destinato ad ingrossare le fila della “sinistra giornalistica” americana? Lo fa suggerendo a McCain il deregulator di creare una commissione di inchiesta su cosa è andato storto a Wall Street, e chiamare a deporre il suo ministro del Tesoro in pectore:

Mr. McCain can get on to witness No. 1: Phil Gramm, a former adviser to the candidate on economic issues and for many years the heavyweight champion of financial deregulation. It was this very fellow who, as a senator, co-authored the Financial Services Modernization Act, largely trashing the old financial regulatory structure and allowed banks, insurance companies and investment houses to merge into what Mr. Gramm called “a supermarket for financial services” — supermarkets whose lousy decisions are now the wonder of the world and whose losses we will be underwriting for years to come.

The public will be intrigued to hear that Mr. Gramm, who eventually became an executive at UBS, a bank known for its subprime profligacy, also regarded uncompensated environmental regulation as “nothing less than robbery.” They will want to know if he would now apply the same term to the activities of the industry on whose behalf he has labored for so many years.

McCain, nel frattempo, “sospende” la campagna elettorale e vorrebbe rinviare il primo dibattito televisivo con Barack Obama, previsto per venerdì, ufficialmente con la motivazione dello stallo tra Congresso e Tesoro sul piano di salvataggio delle istituzioni finanziarie elaborato da Hank Paulson. Una scelta che desta perplessità. E non pare andare meglio alla sua vice designata, Sarah Palin, che secondo gli ultimi sondaggi è percepita come particolarmente unfit a diventare presidente, all’occorrenza.

Intanto, la media RCP vede Obama a +3,5.