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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

John McCain '08? 

In order to reach the rather tepid agreement Tigerhawk earlier described to defuse the filibuster controversy, it seems the Republican crowd needed somebody to sell them out. And that person, if Senator Frist's recent threat to renew the "constitutional/nuclear option" is correct, was John McCain -- undoubtedly preparing to seize the "middle ground" for his presidential run. Giuliani is lucky to sit this one out.

6 Comments:

By Blogger geoffrobinson, at Tue May 24, 05:15:00 PM:

McCain will never be the Republican nominee. Independents will not win the office. He will never be President. If he doesn't understand this, he is fooling himself.  

By Blogger viking kaj, at Tue May 24, 05:29:00 PM:

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?  

By Blogger Josh, at Tue May 24, 06:29:00 PM:

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.  

By Blogger Charlottesvillain, at Wed May 25, 08:53:00 AM:

Two words in response to this post:

Keating Five.

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.  

By Blogger RPD, at Wed May 25, 11:00:00 AM:

Lately it seems like every piece of bad legislation to come down the pike has his name on it.  

By Blogger Cardinalpark, at Thu May 26, 04:04:00 PM:

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.  

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