December 20, 2006


In South Carolina, McCain seeks reversal of fortune (Associated Press, December 20, 2006)

Once a loser here, Republican Sen. John McCain desperately wants to avoid the same fate in this Southern state’s primary - a shellacking that marked the beginning of the end of his first presidential campaign.

The Arizona senator who ran six years ago against party favorite George W. Bush now is positioning himself as the establishment candidate and building a campaign he hopes will ensure victory in South Carolina, mindful that the state’s GOP primary winners have always become the nominee.

"He obviously has learned from that experience," said the state’s House Speaker Bobby Harrell, a Bush backer in 2000 who so far is unaligned for 2008. "He has been in South Carolina probably more than anybody else over the last year, and has been trying to line up folks who were the key Bush supporters."

Here's where being the conservative in the race will pay off for Mr. McCain.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 20, 2006 9:20 AM

As in 2000 McCain, faced with a press that suddenly has stopped fawning over him, will lose his cool and lose South Carolina. BTW - McCain's #1 man Graham is probably facing a primary challenge in SC over his McCain like positions.

Posted by: AWW at December 20, 2006 10:02 AM

Miss Lindsay Graham will be defeated in the primaries, mark my words.

Posted by: obc at December 20, 2006 10:06 AM

McCain seeks reversal of fortune

He's giving up all that Keating & co gave him? About time.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 20, 2006 10:53 AM

The calls from Karl in '08 will be about Giuliani's gay love nest, not about Maverick's black baby. And, remember, W went to Bob Jones because even Catholics, nevermind Mormons, aren't Christians.

Posted by: oj at December 20, 2006 11:40 AM

RO: Not really, he is waiting for Hillary to give up her commodities futures gain.

Posted by: sam at December 20, 2006 12:49 PM

OJ: I know I'll kick myself for asking this but.... Why aren't Catholics actually Christians?

Posted by: tps at December 20, 2006 3:35 PM


He's referring to the Doctrines of Bob Jones University, but he's wrong in that they are more than capable of accepting Giuliani as a commencement speaker.

Posted by: h-man at December 20, 2006 3:44 PM,9171,996270,00.html

Posted by: oj at December 20, 2006 6:43 PM

I know the history and sometimes history is just history.

The school is now run by the great-grandson Stephen Jones.

And he said,

When, in 2005, he was asked by Newsweek if he wished to play a political role as had his predecessors at BJU, Jones replied, "It would not be my choice." Further, when asked if he felt ideologically closer to his father's engagement with politics or to other evangelicals who have tried to avoid civic involvement, he answered, "The gospel is for individuals. The main message we have is to individuals. We’re not here to save the culture." In a 2005 Washington Post interview, Jones dodged political questions and even admitted that he was embarrassed by "some of the more vitriolic comments" made by his predecessors. "I don't want to get specific," he said, "But there were things said back then that I wouldn't say today."

Posted by: h-man at December 21, 2006 2:11 AM

History is never just history. Reagan didn't open his campaign in Philadelphia, PA.

Posted by: oj at December 21, 2006 9:42 AM

Are you saying Philadelphia, Ms. more racist than Philadelphia, Pa? You need to get out more.

Posted by: h-man at December 21, 2006 11:02 AM