April 4, 2006

FALLING OUT OF LOVE:

The Tragic Irony of John McCain's Faustian Bargain (Arianna Huffington, 04.03.2006, Huffington Post)

A lot of people are angry at John McCain -- and with good reason. His contemptible performance on this week's Meet the Press was enough to make any sentient person's blood boil.

For a dose of this ire, check out georgia10 at Kos who proclaims "the death of McCain the Maverick", Paul Krugman who raises the notion that McCain has become "a cynical political opportunist", Cenk Uygur who says McCain "is a shell of his former self." and Rachel Sklar who slams his "transparent political backtracking."

But I come here not to condemn John McCain but to weep for him.

Watching a true American hero hang a For Sale sign on his principles is a profoundly sad thing. Especially for me.

I've long admired, respected -- indeed loved -- John McCain.


They hate George W. Bush so much they crawled into bed with someone more conservative, in the classic sense, and now the sun is coming up they're ready to gnaw off their own arms to get out of the trap.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 4, 2006 2:38 PM
Comments

McCain was 'For Sale' in 1988, wasn't he? And again when he was chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. And even his campaign finance reform bill was a sale, to big media.

But, Ariana wasn't shopping then.

What nonsense.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 4, 2006 4:15 PM

oj: You've nailed it--perfectly. Well done!

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 4, 2006 4:30 PM

McCain will be 73 in 2008. Leftist and Media will turn against him (as has been predicted by others on the board) The anti-ILLEGAL immigrant crowd will turn against. He's a dead man running, it's over, finis, Republicans need somebody younger, more of a leader, someone who will appeal to urban blue states, anti-crime, pro war on terror, anti corruption. Who could that be?

Posted by: h-man at April 4, 2006 4:35 PM

dan quayle and katherine harris

Posted by: toe at April 4, 2006 4:51 PM

h: "Republicans need...a leader, someone who will appeal to urban blue states, anti-crime, pro war on terror, anti corruption. Who could that be?"

Sounds like John McCain to me. (I can't stand the guy, and am positive he'll run an awful administration, but he's a cinch to steamroll whoever the Dems nominate.)

Posted by: b at April 4, 2006 4:52 PM

Hmmm maybe I should be more EXPLICIT grr... Guiliani.

Posted by: h-man at April 4, 2006 5:00 PM

He was booed by a Labor crowd today over his pro-immigration position. It'll just speed the GOP becoming the party of Latinos and other Judeo-Christians and lock in further political dominance.

Posted by: oj at April 4, 2006 5:04 PM

How dim are Katherine Harris' chances in November? The left is salavating already over her defeat.

Posted by: Dave W at April 4, 2006 5:10 PM

h: Yes, I know that's who you meant. But why would the base go for Rudy and not McCain? There's no reason at all, especially when you consider that Rudy's "wrong" on all three G's, isn't he?

Posted by: b at April 4, 2006 5:26 PM

OJ,

That explains why no political party with any self-respect will take the immigration issue as an issue for the 2006 midterms. Too many politicans of all stripes trying too woo not that many Hispanics. Labor unions and Buchananites be damned.

Posted by: Brad S at April 4, 2006 5:34 PM

McCain will be 73 in 2008. So what? All that means is that his VP selection will be very important.

Posted by: Brandon at April 4, 2006 5:35 PM

What it means is that he won't be running.

Posted by: David Cohen at April 4, 2006 6:04 PM

i liked mc cain's response when the labor goons booed him. he needs to find a running mate with a last name of "abel", just for the great tag lines it will produce.

Posted by: toe at April 4, 2006 6:14 PM

John Thune's gotta fit in here somewhere.

Posted by: Genecis at April 4, 2006 6:18 PM

"The Tragic Irony of John McCain's Faustian Bargain (Arianna Huffington, 04.03.2006, Huffington Post)"

She should know a Faustian bargain when she sees one. Talk about chutzpah.


Posted by: Genecis at April 4, 2006 6:26 PM

Perhaps Ariana is about to come out. After all, Michael did.

Posted by: ratbert at April 4, 2006 8:32 PM
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