May 9, 2008


Sen. Clinton and the Campaign (NY Times, 5/09/08)

The United States needs a clean break from eight catastrophic years of George W. Bush. And so far, Senator John McCain is shaping up as Bush the Sequel — neverending war in Iraq, tax cuts for the rich while the middle class struggles, courts packed with right-wing activists intent on undoing decades of progress in civil rights, civil liberties and other vital areas.

There's a delicious symmetry in the Times taking as long as the Right t figure out that John McCain is conservative.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 9, 2008 12:14 PM

The right wing doesn't think Bush is conservative either. Many of them think Bush destroyed the party with his big spending, compassionate conservative ways. Lately I've been dumb enough to try to argue with them in blog comments, but it's useless. Their supposed purity of conservative thought drives them to call me names or dismiss me as a liberal. They are just as detached from reality as the KOS kids.

Posted by: Patrick H at May 9, 2008 12:54 PM

Amen to that, Patrick. And they take some of the same arguments as the Left - the economy's in the tank, Bush is a fascist curtailer of civil liberties, and so forth. It's surreal.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at May 9, 2008 1:02 PM

Anything that makes the New York Times shriek and run like a little girl is a good thing.

Go McCain!

Posted by: Mikey at May 9, 2008 1:43 PM

McCain isn't anything ideologically. He just doesn't operate at that level of abstraction. He's like Scots-Irishness taken to a ridiculous extreme. Everything is personal and about honor and preserving his self-conception. His politcal views exist only as symbols of his relationships with men he "respects": Reagan and Teddy K etc.

Posted by: Benny at May 9, 2008 5:21 PM

We've all known about the McCain Maskirovska for a long time.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 9, 2008 5:35 PM

I look forward to the day when John McCain answers a snotty question from Elisabeth Bumiller with - "Have you checked your inbox for a pink slip yet?"

"The economy is growing and for the most part, has been great since 1983. What's happening in your world?"

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 10, 2008 8:50 AM

Jim, in our house, this is the perennial argument. My husband wants Bush and now McCain to come out shooting, particularly with the media, and good as that would feel, all it would do is take the discussion to another nit-picking level and do absolutely no good.

Better to continue doing what Bush has done. Just keep winning the battles and let history decide who won the wars.

Posted by: erp at May 10, 2008 11:03 AM