July 28, 2006


Campaign Finance Effort Resumes, Without McCain (JOSH GERSTEIN, July 28, 2006, NY Sun)

The elided surnames of the four men, "McCain-Feingold-Shays-Meehan," have become synonymous with so-called campaign finance reform, but Senator McCain, a Republican of Arizona, is conspicuously absent from the latest effort. [...]

A longtime advocate for campaign finance restrictions, Meredith McGehee, said she believed Mr. McCain's decision stemmed from a desire to avoid criticism if he decides to forgo public financing during the Republican nominating contest.

"He does not want to be caught in a position where he can be accused, rightly or wrongly, of hypocrisy," Ms. McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center, said. She said Mr. McCain has pledged to abide by other campaign legislation he has proposed, even before it is enacted.

"I don't think he wants to lock himself into living by a bill, with a public financing system that's pretty broken,"she said.

Mr. Shays told The New York Sun that he could not speak for Mr. McCain, but could not advise him to agree to public financing under the current rules. "It doesn't really make sense to," the congressman said. "If Senator McCain or anyone else was looking to run for president, I wouldn't be recommending they stay on the system right now."

to still insist he isn't running, right?

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 28, 2006 4:11 PM

Every day he only gets older and less relevent.

Posted by: David Cohen at July 28, 2006 4:51 PM

You're confident that McCain wins New Hampshire and South Carolina against Guiliani? I have my doubts. If McCain proceeds in debates like he did against Bush then Guiliani will be merely playing with him?

Age also will be a factor, McCain 72 and Guiliani 64. Granted all this would hinge on Guiliani finessing the abortion issue to the satisfaction of pro-lifers, but I don't think that group is particularly enamored with McCain anyway. McCain's support for pro-life has been mostly perfunctory. He doesn't appear to get passionate on that issue or any issue unless he is in attack mode similar to Nixon.

Truthfully I am not familiar with Guiliani's Mayoral campaigns, but he seems considerably more adept than McCain as far not losing his temper.

Posted by: h-man at July 28, 2006 4:53 PM

McCain wins NH easy and they drapes queers and abortion around Rudy's neck in SC and strangles him.

Posted by: oj at July 28, 2006 6:05 PM

If Rudy looks like he's doing well, we'll see articles about his prostate cancer and whether he's well enough to take on such a stressful job.

Posted by: erp at July 28, 2006 6:42 PM

He's pro-death and sodomy--you don't need his health to sink his candidacy.

Posted by: oj at July 28, 2006 6:52 PM

McCain is running way way behind Rudy in just about every state that's not NH. McCampaignFinanceEgo will win NH, again, and lose the nomination, again.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 28, 2006 7:03 PM

McCain wins IA, NH & SC and it's over.

Posted by: oj at July 28, 2006 7:36 PM

Despite OJ's protests McCain is going nowhere. The GOP base hates him and would only go with him as a last ditch effort to beat Hillary. Other than that McCain has no support.

Posted by: AWW at July 29, 2006 12:15 AM

NH is, once again, meaningless. No one in the south is viting for McCain.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 29, 2006 1:53 AM

Put a Sawx cap on him, size 8 1/2. He's done.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 29, 2006 1:55 AM

What? McCain is running away from his showcase issue of Campaign Finance Reform. And he probably won't take public financing of his campaign. WHAT A MORAL REFORMER! He doesn't even have the courage of his convictions.

Posted by: jd watson at July 29, 2006 6:32 AM

Nor did W, who ran on it even though he was morally opposed. That's how you become a great leader.

Posted by: oj at July 29, 2006 7:28 AM

He's the pro-life candidate so he walks in the South.

Posted by: oj at July 29, 2006 8:10 AM

McCain wants people to think he will act/govern like a conservative and to ignore his 'moderate' panderings. Guiliani hasn't tried to temporize - he just is and everyone remembers his moment in the sun. If voters are asked to choose betwen them, will they go for the solid memory (overlooking some personal issues) or the nanny?

No one knows. My guess is that Rudy will beat McCain in the South, just because the suburban GOP voter would rather choose the solid memory rather than a finger in the eye.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 29, 2006 9:37 AM


You mean like he's voted.

Posted by: oj at July 29, 2006 12:07 PM

For whatever reason, McCain has squandered his tough-guy image with respect to the WOT. His statement on the floor of the Senate the day after 9/11 was priceless (if a bit over the top) - "May God have mercy on them, because we won't".

But where is he now? Temporizing over the Geneva Convention(s), blocking Haynes, and pretending that terrorists can be persuaded to treat American prisoners with dignity. Of all people, he should know better.

Rudy may have problems squaring the circle on abortion and gay rights, but I suspect many Republicans will vote for him ahead of McCain, because they see Rudy as someone who won't prevaricate.

I understand McCain's desire to neutralize the press, and he is free to attack them in a way that no other candidate is, but he will pay for his raspberries to the base (and his long-term smooching with Chris Matthews).

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 29, 2006 3:28 PM

Not wanting to rough up prisoners doesn't mean he won't nuke their cities. He risks appearing too gung ho, not too meek.

Posted by: oj at July 29, 2006 8:45 PM