March 10, 2006


McCain To Urge Ballots Be Cast For Bush (The Hotline, 3/10/06)

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will urge SRLC conference registrants tonight to write in the name of Pres. George W. Bush when they vote in the Hotline's '08 presidential straw poll.

McCain, in a copy of his prepared remarks distributed to reporters by a top adviser, says that "straw polls are entertaining, my friends, even extremely early ones." But "I think we have bigger things to worry about. So if any friends here are thinking about voting for me, please don't. Just write in President Bush's name. For the next three years, with the country at war, he's our President, and the only one who must have our support today."

Only natural for the heir to carry W's water.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2006 4:28 PM

Why can't the stupid party find younger people?

Torch was passed to the boomers, for good or bad.

Reminds me of Dole.

Maverick cannot carry off Ronnie's youthful line against Mondale well.

Posted by: Sandy P. at March 10, 2006 5:18 PM


Ask a couple folks how old McCain is--they'll guess ten years too young.

Posted by: oj at March 10, 2006 5:22 PM

Well I voted for him in the primary and after reading this I'm beginning to think he just may have his head screwed on tight for 2008.

Posted by: Genecis at March 10, 2006 5:27 PM

He wins NH in a walkover.

Posted by: oj at March 10, 2006 5:30 PM

People think of Vietnam as a baby boomer war, so that's how old they'll think McCain is...

Posted by: b at March 10, 2006 5:33 PM

b, Do you think that is good or bad? There are still a lot of Boomer voters, many of whom supported the Vietnam war, especially, (as Lou might say) since there is no more draft. I think the probable intergenerational war is not yet here, and perhaps may not occur. Not a big McCain fan, but where is the alternative? I wouldn't mind seeing one.

Posted by: jdkelly at March 10, 2006 6:36 PM

McCain is sound on the issues that matter, yet has been sold as the "great 'centrist' hope," the "non-Bush."

Because of this image, McCain can hold a lot of the "time-for-a-change" vote.

If someone like McCain is coming across as a "centrist," we have been successful beyond our wildest hopes and dreams in moving the center.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 10, 2006 7:45 PM

McCain's health scares me. VP?

Posted by: jdkelly at March 10, 2006 8:39 PM


Posted by: oj at March 10, 2006 9:08 PM

Works for me.

Posted by: jdkelly at March 10, 2006 9:36 PM

mc cain plus jeb has a terrific appeal, across a wide swath of voters. mc cain's what the hell kind of attitude might be right for the next couple of years. you can bet kim il jung won't pull any shit with mc cain's finger on the kill switch.

Posted by: toe at March 10, 2006 10:39 PM

Cagey move by McCain. He wouldn't have done well in the South, and needs to shore up conservative support to get the nomination after his CFR, Gang of 14, and 6 years of sniping at the administration. It's a really smart two-fer. He's managed to suck a lot of the people here in.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 11, 2006 12:41 AM

At the risk of being boring, I will again state that John McCain is the most dangerous man on the face of the earth.


Because he could be flattered and financed into forming a third party taking votes away from the Republican candidate and putting a Democrat, probably Hillary Clinton, in the White House.

Posted by: erp at March 11, 2006 7:38 AM

No, he can't. In the first place he could have done the same in '00 and '04 and didn't. Second he's going to win the '08 nomination and election too easily to bother. He's seen how useless Jim Jeffords is without a party.

Posted by: oj at March 11, 2006 8:02 AM

I'll meet you half way.

I hope you're right that he won't run on a third party, and you're wrong that he'll get the nomination.

Posted by: erp at March 11, 2006 10:17 AM

Who was the last Republican at the top of the totem pole not to get it? Taft in '52?

Posted by: oj at March 11, 2006 10:26 AM

Bush in '80.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 11, 2006 3:52 PM

Reagan had just come within a wink of knocking off a sitting president--he was next in line. Bush got a blip out of IA and his head handed to him in NH.

Posted by: oj at March 11, 2006 4:24 PM

Harold Stassen!

Posted by: Dave W at March 11, 2006 10:09 PM