April 5, 2006


Presidential Politics: McCain's shame (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER EDITORIAL BOARD, April 5, 2006)

Shame on John McCain.

The Arizona senator's mainstream political popularity is founded at least as much on his reputation as Bush critic and party maverick as it is on his status as a legitimate war hero.

But with 2008 clearly visible on the horizon and his intentions to run for the presidency just as visible, McCain has begun the all-too-predictable pander to the right. [...]

Guess who's giving the commencement speech next month at Falwell's institution, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.?

McCain continues to deepen ties to Bush camp (Mike Sunnucks, March 22, 2006, The Business Journal of Phoenix)
Arizona Sen. John McCain continues to deepen his ties to the Bush wing of the Republican Party as he mulls a presidential run in 2008. Those moves are also sparking more criticism of McCain from Democrats bracing for the 2008 White House contest

McCain will appear with former president George H.W. Bush at an event on the campus of Texas A&M University. The event will be held April 3 in College Station, Texas.

That comes on the heels of the hiring of two top Bush political advisers to McCain's political action committee; outreach to Bush campaign donors and supporters; and the Arizona Republican's defense of President George W. Bush from criticism over the Dubai Ports deal.

Have these folks noticed that being popular on the Left loses you elections?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 5, 2006 3:43 PM

Maverick was popular w/the left.

Posted by: Sandy P at April 5, 2006 4:38 PM

It's not easy being had.

Posted by: ghostcat at April 5, 2006 4:57 PM

Ghostcat: Exactly. It's too late; they've blown it, they're totally screwed and they're just now starting to catch on.

See what they get for not following the comments at Brothersjudd? Most of us have seen this coming for years.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 5, 2006 8:23 PM

Well, the left and the media has had their anti-McCain files laying in wait for at least the past five years -- i.e. all the stories about his temper, a rehash of the Keating 5, etc. It's just that they weren't planning to pull them out until the summer of 2008, after the senator had secured the GOP nomination. Then, when everyone was focued on McCain-vs.-Hillary, the howitzers would have been turned loose.

But thanks to the influence of the web of immediate gratification lefty-based websites, the anger over McCain's actions has spilled into the public arena in the run-up to the 2006 election, instead of prior to the 2008 vote, which means all those dossiers are going to start seeing the light of day this year instead of two years from now. Whether or not that makes a difference remains to be seen, but I doubt it, since the majority of Americans are not looking at a national election this fall, and aren't going to care about McCain's ties to Charles Keating since it doesn't affect their state or local races. And two years from now, it will then be old news (though of course, this didn't stop CBS from trotting out the Bush-National Guard story in 2004, four years after it didn't work in the 2000 election).

Posted by: John at April 5, 2006 9:56 PM

McCain is probably the only major candidate with the stones AND the ability to fight the press. Plus, if he does it with a smile, all their stories about his temper go down the drain. He can brush the press aside with cheer, or he can tell them they are stuck on stupid. Either way, he wins.

It will help him with the right, and with the vaporous center as well. And telling the nation that the NYT has endorsed 7 of the last 10 losers in Presidential races (so I don't care if they don't endorse me) won't hurt, either.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 5, 2006 10:28 PM

Jim, I haven't seen him fight the press. I've seen him fawn on them. I have seen him ridicule people for attempting to petition their representatives, but, as we all know, the Constitution is a living document, and probably didn't mean all that anyway.

Posted by: Arnold Williams at April 6, 2006 8:03 AM


Well, McCain will have to petition Congress to get what he wants (or at least some of it), just like every other President.

If he sucks up to Congress the way he did to Charlie Keating and Chris Matthews, maybe he'll get stuff through.

But if he 'fights' the press, it will get him Republican votes faster than just about anything else he could do.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 6, 2006 11:16 AM