Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Geoffrey, McCain is not an independent the last time I checked. I think you will find that McCain is still in the GOP.
I would say the bigger disqualifier is his increasingly erratic behaviour. Increasingly it seems he occupies his own lunatic fringe. Wonder if his melanoma is throwing off brain mets?
It is a bit difficult to see McCain as anything other than an Independent, considering his non-partisan approach to almost every issue as of late. He would find it difficult, I think, to energize a conservative base if he keeps up his current tempo, and Independents and centrists are not numerous enough to support a presidential candidate yet.
Two words in response to this post:
I continue to find it perverse that the press regards McCain as a hero. It is only because of his periodic habit of making other Republicans look bad. They would abandon him instantly if he ever won the nomination.
McCain won't win, but he wants to run and he certainly wants to influence Bush. The S&L / Keating mess to which Charlottesvillain refers didn't keep him out of the 2000 race, nor is it why he lost.
If my McCain post appeared to be a reflection of support for him, it's not. Instead, I was merely suggesting other motives for the defection which McCain sponsored - that is, personal political ambition viz. Frist, especially.