February 9, 2008

THE KEY TO HIS CAMPAIGN...:

History and Necessity Unite Bush, McCain: Old Rivals Need Each Other to Unify GOP And Maintain the President's Iraq Policy (Peter Baker and Michael Abramowitz, 2/09/08, Washington Post)

With McCain virtually guaranteed the Republican nomination to succeed Bush, they head together into a general election campaign depending on each other. McCain needs the president to help reunite their splintered party, and Bush needs the senator from Arizona to validate his presidency and carry forth its strategy in Iraq.

The latest chapter in their tumultuous relationship will play out over the next nine months against the backdrop of a war that both support, even if the public does not. Whatever their differences over the years on taxes, torture and other issues, they have forged a powerful bond as the two leading champions of the Iraq war and the decision a year ago to send more troops, according to associates of both men.

And while they will continue to disagree at times, that central imperative could link them when voters pass their judgment.

"At times, they were the only two who agreed with the overarching strategy," said John Weaver, McCain's former chief strategist, who helped repair the breach between the two men during Bush's first term. "And so it's in both of their interests, not just for political reasons, for this journey they've been on together to continue."

Their partnership may help rally conservatives, but it also provides ammunition to liberal foes. Democrats plan to portray a McCain administration as effectively a third Bush term.


...is to become more like the President by adopting ideas like SS reform, expansion of HSAs, etc., which is why Jeb Bush is his ideal vp pick.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 9, 2008 3:53 PM
Comments

I just can't see a Bush on the ticket this time.

How about Condi?

Posted by: kevin whited at February 9, 2008 10:40 PM

Too opaque on social issues.

Posted by: oj at February 10, 2008 7:16 AM

Too much a disaster as Secy. of State., and, as it appears now, as Natl. Security Advisor. When her history is written, the Peter Principle is going to mentioned in the first chapter.

Posted by: ratbert at February 10, 2008 11:20 AM
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