September 23, 2005

THE SUCCESSOR:

John McCain (Michael Barone, 9/22/05, US News)

I attended an American Spectator dinner last night featuring John McCain. McCain spent much of the evening casting votes in the Senate, but returned and spoke with impressive energy and at considerable length. He said it was fine if everything was on the record. Those who think that McCain is still smoldering with anger at George W. Bush over the 2000 campaign should think again: McCain spoke fervently and with obvious sincerity about how much he admires Bush and the job he has been doing as president.

McCain addressed two issues that have the potential to divide the Republican base: spending and immigration.

On spending, he said that to offset the spending of Hurricane Katrina and to prevent what "may be the largest deficit in history," Congress should revisit the highway bill—the big transportation bill passed earlier this year—and should consider delaying or repealing the Medicare prescription drug bill. On both of these issues his positions are to the right of the Bush administration's: After all, Bush signed both bills.


Every candidate runs on cutting wasteful spending and the Right laps it up.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 23, 2005 11:49 AM
Comments

Not only do they lap it up, but they'll switch to a Perot if they don't get enough to calm their morning shakes.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 23, 2005 12:35 PM
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