June 26, 2008

HOW DOES ONE GET TO BE A POLITICAL ANALYST...:

Why is McCain joining the Bush party? (GLENN HUROWITZ, 6/26/08, Politico)

The weird thing about this newly obedient McCain, however, is that he’s drawing close to the Bush establishment at the very moment when it and its policies are widely blamed for America’s deepening malaise. At a time when the rest of the country is experiencing a Bush hangover, McCain is just popping the champagne. He’s gone from being a maverick who defies the establishment to a kind of gonzo maverick who defies the people — and that’s a very dangerous thing for a presidential candidate.

When, for instance, President Bush pushed his tax cuts for the ultra-rich during the early years of his administration, McCain opposed them, even though the tax cuts enjoyed relatively strong public support. Now, when Bush and his economic policies have fallen into disrepute, McCain is campaigning to make them permanent.

When denying the reality of the climate crisis was de rigueur in the Republican Caucus, McCain fashioned himself as a Grand Old Party green and repeatedly defied the oil companies and his colleagues in the fight for clean energy. Now, with America in a rage about high gas prices and concerned about the fate of the planet, McCain has shied from standing up to the oil barons he used to delight in tweaking. [...]

McCain’s great shift has even extended to torture, once the former POW and torture victim’s signature issue.


...while believing that lower taxes, lower gas prices and tirturing terrorists is bad politics.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 26, 2008 8:13 AM

You know, if Mr. Hurowitz claims to be as much of a Politico as his website's namesake suggests, and if it's widely accepted that the Obamessiah is the next POTUS, he really should wonder why any REPUBLICANS agreed to Bush's latest plans on wiretapping and torture. Could it be that Republicans think there's more to leadership than merely scoring every political point that can be scored?

Posted by: Brad S at June 26, 2008 8:30 AM

Politico is pretty overrated. It's fun for watching live returns, but the commentary isn't very good, IMHO.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at June 26, 2008 10:13 AM
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