April 30, 2007


Reality Show: Sen. McCain Injects Some Useful Truths Into The Presidential Campaign (The Washington Post, April 29, 2007)

[M]r. McCain's remarks upon his formal entry into the 2008 presidential campaign offered a reminder of the appealing qualities that attracted so many voters eight years ago -- and that make him a formidable contender still. [...]

Whatever your position on the war, then or now, Mr. McCain deserves credit for foresight and consistency about how the war should have been waged.

The senator spent the bulk of his speech outlining other priorities, including reforming a wasteful and needlessly complex tax code, reducing dependence on foreign oil, maintaining free trade while finding more effective ways to help workers hurt by globalization, and helping the uninsured "without bankrupting the country."

His discussion of the looming problem of runaway entitlement spending was forthright As with the other areas he discussed, the senator didn't spell out what tough choices he would endorse, but at least he addressed the issue, neither discounting the magnitude of the problem nor promising a painless solution. This is why the 2008 race is better for having Mr. McCain in it.

Mr. McCain bebnefits greatly from the fact that none of his opponents can say what they actually believe because the other Republicans are too liberal for the party, the Democrats for the country. Only Fred Thompson can really challenge him at this point and is too much the neophyte to win in the GOP, despite his myriad strengths.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 30, 2007 10:30 AM

OJ - you keep forgetting your first rule of Presidential campaigns. McCain has a long history as a Senator that can be picked apart by GOP and Dems alike. A recent analysis showed that McCain's conservative rating has been trending steadily downward over the past few years. And a long-term senator saying that things must be fixed that he hasn't been able to do doesn't count.

McCain is strong on the war but so are Guiliani and Romney and F. Thompson. McCain will self-destruct at some point.

Posted by: AWW at April 30, 2007 10:49 AM

His only significant rivals in both parties are senators.

Posted by: oj at April 30, 2007 12:12 PM