July 3, 2006

THERE'S A REALIGNMENT TO BE CEMENTED:

A New Partnership Binds Old Republican Rivals (JIM RUTENBERG and ADAM NAGOURNEY, 7/03/06, NY Times)

After years of competitive and often contentious dealings, President Bush and Senator John McCain of Arizona are building a deepening if impersonal relationship that is serving the political needs of both men.

Given their history of intense rivalry and sometimes personally bitter combat, their newfound partnership is seen by some Republicans as born more of political calculation than personal evolution. Either way, it could prove valuable to Mr. McCain in his efforts to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 by sending a signal to Mr. Bush's conservative base and fund-raising network that, at a minimum, the White House will not stand in the Arizonan's way.


Did the Times not cover the presidential campaign in '04 when the two men campoaigned together and, by all accounts, put the past behind them? Now the Senator needs the President to lock down the Evangelical Right and the President needs the Senator to lock down the legacy and keep the Oval warm for Jeb.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 3, 2006 10:30 AM
Comments

The Times is actually about three months behind the curve of the more fervent BDS sufferers on the left -- They kept up hope for 18 months that McCain would go back to the script they drew out for him in 1999, tried to think of his work during the 2004 election as an aberration, and were hoping last year he'd come out and give that "I've turned against the war" speech that would have sunk Bush's foreign policy for good.

Posted by: John at July 3, 2006 11:27 AM

And will the Times issue an article describing the cannibalistic Democrats in the run-up to the 2008 primaries? Probably not.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 3, 2006 1:10 PM

oj,
You can have Jeb, as the VP candidate in '12.
As I've opined before, if my Repubs are not brain dead, Ohio's '06 Governor, J. Kenneth Blackwell, will be '08's VP elect and, due to McCain's age etc., President elect in '12.
Jeb's a good guy, Blackwell is a better guy.
Mike

Posted by: Mike Daley at July 3, 2006 11:31 PM
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