October 18, 2007


McCain Is Back (JOE KLEIN, 10/17/07, TIME)

There is only one American politician who sounds like this: "With my usual suicidal, masochistic tendencies, I spoke at the Detroit Economic Club last week and supported increased fuel-efficiency standards." Yes, yes, it's John McCain, rising from the crypt, but not as a zombie. The foolishly conventional Republican McCain of last year was the zombie. No, this is the funny, free-range McCain reincarnated, the independent who dares speak to an environmental forum in New Hampshire, touting his green credentials, actually supporting a return to the Kyoto global-warming negotiations, which is anathema to most Republicans. That guy—the interesting one—is back.

Ronald Reagan and W both had to lose actual primaries/caucuses before they could pretend to be underdogs. Maverick benefits from folks still not understanding the dynamics of the GOP nomination process.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 18, 2007 6:47 AM

Dynamics? Wouldn't the "statics" be a better word for the process?

Let's hope Thompson wins.

McCain for Sec of Defense

Posted by: Bruno at October 18, 2007 8:42 AM

Simply because the process always returns the same result does not mean it isn't dynamic while it's going on.

Posted by: oj at October 18, 2007 10:54 AM

The Democrats love him for the same reason the Republicans would like to see Gore or Edwards nominated.

Posted by: Genecis at October 18, 2007 2:29 PM

Republicans wouldn't vote for Gore. Democrats will for McCain, especially Southern white males.

Posted by: oj at October 18, 2007 4:11 PM