June 22, 2008

IN A CONTEST BETWEEN IDEAS AND IDENTITY...:

McCain Driving Debate, But Some Fear Swerving: GOP Insiders Want More Consistent Theme (Michael D. Shear and Juliet Eilperin, 6/22/08, Washington Post)

In the two weeks since Barack Obama became the presumptive Democratic nominee, John McCain has demonstrated a knack for driving the daily political debate, forcing his opponent to respond to a challenge to meet in town hall debates, accusing him of being "delusional" about terrorism and saying he flip-flopped on public financing for his campaign.

...how would the idea candidate not drive the race? And how can the most liberal Senator in the most conservative country reveal his ideas without sustaining political damage?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 22, 2008 9:37 AM

GOP insiders never wanted McCain. Why should McCain listen to them? Anyway, isn't it giving your opponent a pass by ignoring his inconsistencies and stay with your own "consistent" message? One has to fight an "asymmetric" war if one's opponent requires it, no?

Posted by: ic at June 22, 2008 1:11 PM
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