December 15, 2007

AS THE RACE COMES TO HIM:

Of Pork and Patriotism: John McCain doesn't mince words when it comes to Iraq, the State Department and spending (BRIAN M. CARNEY, December 15, 2007, Wall Street Journal)

John McCain sits across the table from the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal, fielding questions on everything from taxes to torture to terror. He's asked what surprised him the most about the behavior House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid with regard to Iraq. His answer--"their lack of patriotism"--is of the characteristically impolitic kind that often defines his personality. Over the course of a 75-minute conversation, it's on display time and again.

For a candidate who was mostly written off by the media only six months ago, the senior senator from Arizona seems remarkably confident of his primary chances.

Mr. McCain is 71. But the tired, sluggish, former front-runner you may have read about was nowhere in evidence when the senator came to the Journal's offices yesterday. In his place was a combative and--yes--straight-talking candidate with no qualms about rising to a challenge or speaking his mind. In short, he looks once again like the spry 63-year-old who nearly knocked off front-runner George W. Bush eight years ago.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 15, 2007 8:13 AM
Comments

Of course, McCain is the Senator who said (immediately after 9/11) in the Well, "May God have mercy on them, because we won't".

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 15, 2007 10:56 AM
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