this adulation of John Mc Cain is getting old and we are fed up with how
he is so lionized by many Democrats despite what he has done.
"Straight talk?" How the reporters love that term and him. They ignored all the other news to sit at Mc Cain's feet when he ran for president in 2000.
We just don't see what is so great about him. He is not loyal to his friends and it appears that his party loyalty is predicated on just what he will get out of it.
He constantly flip-flops yet reporters seldom call him on it because he makes this rueful face and tenders an apology similar to a boy caught with his hand in a cookie jar. The media just eat it up.
During the 2000 primaries, McCain said on Face the Nation that the Confederate flag is "a symbol of racism and slavery" and that it "is offensive in many, many ways, as we all know."
Then later he clarified his position to conform to the politics of the South. That is, that the Confederate flag is not a symbol of racism or slavery but rather of "heritage" and that there's nothing offensive about it at all.
Lately he has been called a national icon and he only has to open his mouth and the media rushes in to report his every word. What is the attraction?
We just cannot understand it. He was viciously maligned by Bush during the 2000 primary and he let it be known that he was angry, yet he has been bosom buddies with Bush since.
He did say that he thought Bush should renounce the Swift Boat liars but never turned a hair when Bush refused to do so; rather he joined his campaign with hugs and approval, sharing his likeability factor with Bush.
He was given the chance to renounce Zell Miller's vituperative monologue but he passed on it. All the lies told at that convention apparently were fine with him.
When Kerry recently responded strongly to Bush's lies at the Repug Convention, McCain said he should not say things like that. What the hell is with him? Does he really think that Kerry should throw the election?
Unusual admiration for McCain is not limited to reporters as polls show that he has a high favorability rating in the country. Of course, this is largely due to the loving treatment he gets from the media.
We well remember back when Kerry was considering McCain for his running mate and it made our blood run cold. Why was he sucking up to a Republican indicating, as Repugs happily pointed out, that there were no Dems as qualified?
Some say that he is playing this game because he has been promised a clear shot as the Repug candidate for president in 2008. It is widely believed that he will be supported by both Repugs and Dems which would effectively shut out any candidate the Dems chose.
There is a sense that McCain acts as an unofficial advisor to Kerry and that may end with the arrival of the new people to his campaign. John Sasso is touted as being a much needed "NO"-man; one who tells the candidate to stop doing what is unproductive.
This would definitely mean an ending to any input from McCain who has always been gung ho on the Iraq war. He may have been a good friend in the Senate but he has turned into a viper and he should be stomped on.
It certainly is about time with only a few weeks to go before the election. Both the Iraqi KIA news and the ever increasing national debt are providing plenty of ammo to attack Bush's policies.
Kerry is smart enough to take the fight to Bush and turn the tide in his favor but first he has to separate himself from the Bush decision to invade Iraq and convince people that he was acting only in support of Bush seeking help from the United Nations.
The flip-flop charges must be met head on and destroyed by Kerry, Edwards and all his surrogates reeling off at every opportunity the many Bush flip-flops which seem to have been ignored. Anyone with access to the Kerry campaign is welcome to pass this url on to it. http://www.americanprogressaction.org/site/pp.asp?c=klLWJcP7H&b=118263
Cheney has now made two statements that prove he is certifiable insane, yet the media and John McCain just smile. Cheney and Bush are proven warmongers and John McCain backs them up. Anyone that can't smell a viperous rat here is olfactory-challenged.
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