Tuesday, October 16, 2007

McCain: I am the most Republican Republican

But I wonder if McCain underestimates his own vulnerabilities on this. If the race for the GOP nomination comes down to who is the most loyal partisan and fiercest advocate of the Republican agenda, McCain's going to lose.

I started thinking about the past few years, and McCain's record is ripe for the picking. He's worked with Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) on sweeping campaign-finance reform, former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) on a Patients' Bill of Rights, and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) on immigration reform -- all bills the GOP opposed in large numbers. McCain voted against Bush's tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, and the anti-gay constitutional amendment last year. In March 2004, asked on national television whether he would consider joining the Democratic presidential ticket as John Kerry's running mate, McCain said, "John Kerry is a close friend of mine. We have been friends for years. Obviously I would entertain it."

For me, this really enters into the WTF is he thinking realm. I know that I was pulling for a Kerry/McCain ticket in 2004 (hey how could it have gone WORSE). How could he possibly think that Republican primary voters will have forgotten this particular flirtation with party switching. It isn't like it happened 20 years ago, it was just the last time a president was elected.

You have to wonder what kind of advice he is getting. Should we watch for more resignations from his campaign?

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