Extreme Makeover: John McCain Edition 2008?

With his nomination all but inevitable, the Republican machine is ready to begin the process of selling John McCain as a maverick and a different kind of Republican. He will be presented as someone who appeals to Democrats and Independents, a unity candidate of the first order. The problem is that John McCain is not a mainstream candidate, he is a war-mongerer and has no intention of letting the American people decide what to do about Iraq. He will be another ”œdecider” who knows better than the American public what is best for us. The MSM has already begun the John McCain make-over, the same folks who had pronounced his campaign all but dead in December are now trumpeting his ”œstraight talk”, independent candidacy as right for America.

It has always amazed me how John McCain has been given this independent moniker by the MSM. To be sure John McCain has split with the Republican Party on some issues, but a look at his record reveals the true nature of McCain. A review of his voting record shows a troubling trend, Mr. McCain in a number of controversial votes has chosen to not vote. He has missed 56.6% of the votes during this Congress alone. How Senator McCain can be labeled an independent and a maverick while still voting with the Republicans 87.8% of the time is a mystery to me. I guess it is the same logic used to proclaim Senator Lieberman an independent, I guess that is why they have been inseparable during the later stages of this campaign; birds of a feather.

The same strategy that was used to get George W. Bush into the White House will be deployed again. Remember in 2000, Bush was going to be the great uniter, an independent Republican. How did that work out? For anyone who thought the Republican brand was DOA, I have news for you with McCain there will be the talk of change without any change. His nomination will allow the Republicans to spin his candidacy as a new direction for the country when in reality it will be the same old story. The Republicans will go for the best of both worlds, they have already begun to have George W. try to coalesces the Party faithful but I guarantee you once the primaries are over McCain’s campaign will dissociate itself from George W so fast heads will spin. The only policy that they will cling to is the most dangerous one, the Iraq War. With the Bush administration already laying the groundwork for freezing current troop levels and backing away from troop reductions promised at the last General Petraeus meet and greet, McCain will argue to stay the course.

If staying the course was bad policy last year, what has occurred since then to make it a good strategy this year? Oh yeah, the surge is working. This has to be the biggest crock of BS ever sold to the American public. And as the general election approaches make no mistake the chorus will become louder singing the praises of this false narrative. The problem is simply this, even if we keep troops there for a hundred years and the violence is reduced if the Iraqi’s do not make the tough decisions to reconcile their country we will still be in no better position than we were at the beginning of this fiasco. What these conservative clowns don’t understand is that this will never be resolved militarily and as long as we provide cover for the Iraqi government to drag their feet and solidify their gains we are only prolonging the inevitable and keeping our troops in harm’s way.

I find it almost comical that the McCain camp has stolen the ”œDay One” slogan from the Clinton campaign, he will be ”œcommander and chief from day one” and will be able to escalate our involvement in both wars and if we are lucky will be able to start another one. As long as these fools can continue the nation at war scenario in need of a strong military President, this nation will be ill prepared for the reality that the rest of the world has no problem seeing. As we are seeing with the cracks in our NATO alliances, the rest of the world is not buying the Islamo-fascist war of our generation mind-f**k the warmongers are perpetrating. The closer the empire is to decay the harder the colonial task masters fight to cling to the myth. The decay begins long before the rust appears on the armor, it begins when the Empire forgets the principles that made it great in the first place. Is there any doubt that we no longer stand for those principles?

The social conservatives are already lining up to sell their principles to the highest bidder. There are a few of the rank and file who are clinging to their skewed principles and still supporting Mike Huckabee, but the leadership has already surrendered. We will now witness the transformation of John McCain into a social conservative standard bearer, ”œ a true conservative” if you will. We will watch as his record is whitewashed and purged of any votes that are not in keeping with a true conservative. Bush says McCain has some convincing to do, I can only interpret this to mean that he has some flip-flopping to do. The question then becomes does McCain lose his independent image in his effort to woo his social conservative base which without he can not win in November? The tight-rope act begins for McCain and I am not so sure he is nimble enough to pull it off, but with the MSM holding the net anything is possible.

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  • Reagan’s ghost in U.S. campaign: Bernd Debusmann
    Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:06am EST

    (Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

    By Bernd Debusmann

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It’s a first in modern U.S. politics: a Republican presidential candidate so thoroughly detested by hard-core party activists that they vow to vote for a Democrat instead. Part of the reason — he is not the reincarnation of a dead president revered as a secular saint.

    The candidate is Arizona Senator John McCain, who virtually locked up his party’s nomination for November’s election with a strong showing in the February 5 Super Tuesday nominating contest and the subsequent withdrawal from the race of his strongest rival, Mitt Romney. The secular saint is Ronald Reagan, who left office in 1989 and died in 2004.

    Support for McCain comes from independents and moderates. They view him as a plain-talking maverick who sticks to his beliefs even when they are unpopular.

    Among many Republicans, no discussion of politics in 2008 is complete without reference to Ronald Reagan, his belief in principles, his role in ending the Cold War and his ability to make Americans feel good about themselves. McCain, they say, doesn’t measure up, despite his oft-repeated assertion that he proudly served as “a foot soldier in the Reagan revolution” (of low taxes, low spending and small government).

    To hear conservative bloggers and radio talk show hosts tell it, McCain is a dangerous RINO (Republican In Name Only) willing to sell out Republican principles for political expedience. Day after day, callers to talk radio say McCain is so unpalatable that they will either sit out the elections or vote for Hillary Clinton if she becomes the Democratic nominee.

    How widespread are such sentiments? According to a straw poll taken at last week’s Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), an annual event which drew more than 6,000 activists from around the country, 10 percent of the 1,558 polled will not vote in the November elections and 19 percent will vote for someone else.

    That would mean either Clinton or Barack Obama, who are fighting a close race for the Democratic nomination. It would also mean placing ideological purity over the prospect of continued political power.

    Some of the anti-McCain rhetoric is so toxic you hear faint echoes of deep internal Republican party strife almost a century ago when animosity between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft split the party in 1912.

    Driven by evangelical Christians and such self-appointed guardians of conservative values as writer Ann Coulter and radio talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity, the anti-McCain sentiment underscores the disarray of a party which sent presidents to the White House for 19 of the past 27 years and now fears the good times are over.

    Even Karl Rove, the architect of President George W. Bush’s electoral victories in 2000 and 2004, concedes that not all is well. “It is true that the Republican Party is having difficulty retooling its message for the 21st century,” he wrote in an op-ed article in Newsweek magazine.


    The day after CPAC, where dozens of delegates ignored requests to refrain from booing McCain, Bush told Republicans there was no such thing as a perfect candidate. “You’ll never find that person,” he said in a television interview.


  • I don’t know how well Obama does in debates in general, but McCain has got a heck of a hill to climb in terms of screen presence next to Obama. In some ways, it seems like they could just have run Alan Keyes against him again.

    Honestly, Clinton and Obama are both poised to be general election juggernauts, while the Republican field is basically a bunch of also-rans where McCain survived by attrition. The general election has been the Democrats to loose since ’06, and nothing has changed that.

  • I think Nate’s right, Obama’s going to eat him alive in the debates. It will become very clear and quite obvious that this is a choice between a young, articulate person looking towards the future, and an old, tired man who wants to fight WWII forever. I haven’t wasted my time on a presidential debate in 30 years but I think I might watch these. I can’t wait to see McCain try to defend Bush’s policies, defend torturing, defend staying in Iraq for 100 years, defend financing endless wars by hocking the future of younger generations and sacrificing the dollar. It should be fun.

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