April 21, 2008


The McCain Doctrine: Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain may protest that he hates war, but no American leader has promoted it more avidly. McCain is not only the most hawkish neocon on the horizon but genuinely sees war as America's most ennobling enterprise. (Matthew Yglesias, April 21, 2008, American Prospect)

The collapse of the George W. Bush-era Republican Party is a multifaceted story, but no chapter stands out as clearly as the war in Iraq. As the occupation has dragged on and the U.S. casualties have mounted, Bush has watched his public approval ratings spiral downward. By the time the contested GOP primaries came around, even a healthy proportion of Republican voters were saying that they strongly or somewhat disapproved of the war in Iraq.

Under the circumstances, it's not surprising that the GOP is poised to nominate a presidential candidate who will appeal to its anti-war base. What is surprising is that the candidate is Sen. John McCain.

The nomination of a candidate who is indistinguishable from George W. Bush does indeed tell us something about the Bush legacy and the Republican Party, but you can't figure it out if you start from where Mr. Yglesias does.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 21, 2008 2:14 PM

Too funny. I remember reading Mr. Yglesias on his blog just a few years ago when he was a Harvard undergraduate, and now he's apparently a prominent liberal writer. And he's the type of guy who Mr. Obama hangs with--hence the coming McCain landslide.

Posted by: b at April 21, 2008 2:42 PM

In a primary season suffering under an embarrassment of riches, special mention must be made of the constant Democrat/MSM surprise that the Republicans have nominated that candidate best suited to win the election.

Don't we know that the proper method is to nominate the candidate least likely to win and then make him lie about everything he believes?

Posted by: Ibid at April 21, 2008 2:47 PM

a presidential candidate who will appeal to its anti-war base

There is no surprise if he'd changed one little word: anti-defeat base

Posted by: ic at April 21, 2008 3:02 PM

Military men do not love war. We hate war. We hate it enough to prevent it, and hate it enough to make it short if it cannot be prevented.

Now peace-creeps only pretend to hate war. What they really hate is their own feeling of worthlessness is the face of its reality.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 21, 2008 5:45 PM

Young Matthew is among the very Brightest of the Brights.

Posted by: ghostcat at April 21, 2008 7:15 PM

Whom did he expect? Chuck Hagel? Pat Buchanan?

What a maroon.

Posted by: ratbert at April 21, 2008 11:55 PM