February 7, 2008


McCain May Align Too Often with Bush
(The Dallas Morning News, 2/7/2008,Carl Leubsdorf)

A recurring pattern in American presidential politics is voters' tendency to pick someone with significant differences from even a popular predecessor.

John Kennedy differed a good bit from Dwight Eisenhower, and George W. Bush is very different from Bill Clinton. Even when a party retains the White House, this pattern has held; Mr. Bush's father had significant differences from Ronald Reagan.

Looking ahead to this fall's election, either potential Democratic nominee, Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. Hillary Clinton, would be dramatically different from Mr. Bush, both in style and in substance of positions.

But the Republicans are likely to represent substantial continuity, even though the front-runner, Sen. John McCain, is stylistically quite different from Mr. Bush.

The deranged Right's dirty little secret is that the too liberal John McCain is indistinguishable from Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. That, of course, is why he's the ideal placeholder until Jeb is ready to return to the fray.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 7, 2008 9:23 AM

It's going to be hilarious to see the MSM desperately try to say that McCain is nothing but a George W. Bush crony. Sorry guys, you already sold the public on his image as Maverick, and you're powerless to change it.

Posted by: b at February 7, 2008 12:15 PM

What is hilarious is that if a candidate more palatable to Rush, et al. was poised to take the nomination, they would not hesitate but tell everyone to rally around the candidate. Now that they are being asked to rally around a candidate not of their chosing, suddenly it is impossible for them to do so, and they are ready to bolt the party if they are pressured too much.

They demand much and are prepared to give very, very little, these conservative RINOs.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 7, 2008 1:39 PM

My biggest worry about McCain is that it turns out to be similar Reagan's 3rd term.

GHWBush was one of the worst ever.

I think we are going to find out.

Posted by: Bruno at February 7, 2008 5:44 PM

I am at a loss to explain the dignity of a Vietnam era veteran to a Vietnam era non-veteran. The non-Vietnam era observer can appreciate it, however.

That Samuel Johnson quotation about how the non-veteran thinks of himself has something to do with it, however.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 7, 2008 6:30 PM

If all President McCain does in his four years is manage the end of Islamicism peacefully, handle a major financial crisis, restore "fiscal sanity," and win a war against an evil regime he'll have had a successful presidency and a traditionally conservative one.

Posted by: oj at February 7, 2008 7:38 PM