March 12, 2008

TOOK HIM LONG ENOUGH TO FIGURE THAT ONE OUT:

John McCain runs for George Bush's third term: Based on his policies and the company he keeps, this year's Republican presidential candidate sounds a lot like the guy who ran in 2000 and 2004 (Juan Cole, 3/12/08, Salon)

The most important thing about the endorsements proffered to John McCain by George W. Bush and evangelist John Hagee last week was McCain's reaction to them. The freshly minted Republican nominee for president, who has had harsh words in the past for both Bush's policies and evangelical "agents of intolerance," meekly accepted their support. He knows he cannot win in November if the evangelicals and pro-war conservatives stay home. How far will McCain go in presenting himself as Son of Bush in order to energize his party's base? To date, based on his willingness to embrace the Bush agenda and to associate with religious extremists, the answer seems to be pretty far indeed.

When John McCain went to the White House last week, President Bush seemed to be offering him an out. Bush "welcomed" McCain as "the Republican nominee" in his official statement, but didn't initially use the word "endorse." It was McCain who leapt for the e-word. "Well, I'm very honored and humbled," said McCain, "to have the opportunity to receive the endorsement of the President of the United States, a man who I have great admiration, respect and affection [for]."

McCain's strategists, meanwhile, are said to be privately plotting how best to deploy the deeply unpopular Bush, perhaps by quietly sending him to host fundraisers deep inside red states where he would not risk alienating the general population from McCain. But McCain is hewing so faithfully to Bush's legacy he may need no help from the man himself in alienating the population.


From a proper historical perspective that would be Bill Clinton's 5th term, rather than W's 3rd.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2008 10:59 AM
Comments

Rather, Reagan's 8th term...

Posted by: sam at March 12, 2008 12:31 PM

Reagan was a New Dealer (as was GHWB). Had he not bailed out SS we'd have reformed it by now.

Posted by: oj at March 12, 2008 2:12 PM

He's Kipling's Tommy, and a crusader. America likes the stalwart (Rorke's Drift), and likes the fighter for right (the Lone Ranger).

The myth of the cowboy, Robin Hood, Ivanhoe, resonates despite the best efforts to squelch it.

Posted by: Mikey at March 12, 2008 4:23 PM
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