May 11, 2008

IF ONLY WE HAD A NICKEL....:

Republicans forced to turn to their nemesis: John McCain (Albert R. Hunt, 5/11/08, Bloomberg News)

The party's fundamental situation is terrible: Republicans are saddled with an enormously unpopular president, a war, a troubled economy and a Democratic opposition that's being energized by important constituent groups.

"The generics are as bad as anytime since I have been here," said Representative Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican and one of the most politically astute members of Congress in either party. Davis, a 14-year veteran, is retiring this year, frustrated with his party's long-term prospects.

In a delicious irony, the one bright spot is McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. A few months ago, McCain spoke to the party's caucus in the House of Representatives and said that he would campaign in any district where he was wanted and stay out of any where he would be a liability.

"I don't know of anyone that doesn't want him in," said Representative Ray LaHood, an Illinois Republican who is also retiring.


...for every time someone claimed the Right would never accept Maverick....

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 11, 2008 7:23 AM
Comments

It has a been a truly magnificant deception, on a par with Normandy, Saipan or Gulf War One.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 11, 2008 9:28 AM

A "troubled" economy in its 31st straight expansionary quarter.

Posted by: Ibid at May 11, 2008 9:49 AM

Closer to 100th.

Posted by: oj at May 11, 2008 2:42 PM
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