Is McCain McBush?


Here is my take in this week’s Maclean’s.

Whatever you might think of McCain, he has shown amazing capacity for taking heat from his own party. Today, Michael Gerson, President Bush’s former speechwriter, summed him up this way:

“Contrary to some depictions, McCain is not a moderate. He is a conservative with a habit of massive, eye-stretching heresy.”

Speaking of heresies… the big story here in Washington is Obama’s decision to opt-out of the public campaign finance system. David Brooks says it’s downright Macchiavellian.

Ben Smith notes that John Kerry says he would have won the electoin if he’d done the same thing:

“The only people who care about it are a few professional activists and the press,” said Bob Shrum, who argued – unsuccessfully – in 2004 that his client John Kerry should have opted out of public financing. (Kerry said Thursday he would have won the race had he done so.)

Adds Ben:

Kerry’s campaign, Shrum wrote in his memoir, “No Excuses,” had a fierce internal debate over whether to opt out of public financing. Obama’s never seems to have seriously considered sacrificing its political advantage for a principle, and seems cheerfully resigned to being chided by East Coast editorial boards.


Is McCain McBush?

  1. I always find it amusing to read foreign reporting about American politics. Often, foreign journalists merely regurgitate the conventional wisdom of the Beltway press corps. Most foreign magazines might as well just reprint articles and columns from the Howard Finemans and Joe Kleins of the world. However, in all fairness to the intrepid American Beltway press, most journalists attempt to present both Republican and Democratic points of view in their articles and columns.

    Let’s review the sources quoted in Mrs. Savage’s article:

    1. Kevin Madden: Republican flack
    2. Larry Sabato: Neutral political commentator
    3. David Keating: Executive Director of the plutocratic Club for Growth
    4. Norm Ornstein: Objective commentator and writer who works at right-wing AEI

    Mrs. Savage has apparently been writing about American politics for many years. She is married to a Pulitzer Prize recipient. Despite this she does not have a single Democratic or progessive source!

    Memo to Mrs. Savage: while your article might be appropriate for your old newspaper, the right-wing New York Sun, the readers of one of your country’s most influential and respected publications deserve better.

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