Over on India Uncut , Amit Varma has posted a couple of ads, one from Hillary Clinton and a response from John McCain, on how if ever an economic crises were to befall the US, it would need a President who's ready for the job to take that phone call at 3 AM that presumably sounds the alert.
Setting aside questions on who really is more suitable, one must ask - just what kind of economic crisis crops up at 3 AM? The sub-prime/mortgage crisis mentioned in the ads built up over at least 3 months or so (or even longer if you consider them to be the fallout of actions taken by the Fed under Greenspan). Most (purely) economic crises that would be on a scale that threatens an entire nation would take some time to build up, and you would need an extremely inefficient administration to not realize what was going on till 3 AM one fine day. Of course, neither ad talks about what the candidate would do once they take that call.
Give me Lalu Prasad Yadav playing kapdaphar Holi any day. At least he keeps it real.