You Can Never Be Too Rich Or Too Crazy

February 12th, 2008at 07:24am Posted by Eli

The overall impression that I get from this Newsweek story is that John McCain, the Straight-Talking Maverick, is trying desperately to pander to the right-wing, but most of them are way too crazy to let him. Never mind that he wants to stay in Iraq forever and build an addition in Iran, or that he’s an archconservative on about 95% of everything: He’s moderate on immigration, pretends to be moderate on global warming, and he once said bad things about the religious right, but that’s about it.

John McCain is much, much farther from the political center than Hillary or Obama, and would probably disappoint conservatives far less than a President Hillary or Obama would disappoint progressives, but that’s just not enough, apparently. Sometimes I wonder whether the McCain hatred is all for show, a colossal ratfuck to make McCain appear more moderate, but I have been assured that the hatred is real, in which case the right wing really is as crazy as I thought.

Also, I’m not sure whether this was calculated or a sign of appallingly weak discipline, but it looks like a rather alarming number of anonymous McCain campaign staffers talked to the Newsweek reporters about stuff they weren’t supposed to be talking about.

Entry Filed under: Elections,Iran,Iraq,McCain,Media,Politics,Republicans


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