2008 The Republican Party Meets the New Boss
posted by March 5 at 15:06 PMon
John McCain gets an official coronation in the Rose Garden from the man whose campaign once accused him of being a deranged Manchurian Candidate with an unquenchable thirst for fathering black children:
McCain, joined by his wife, lunched with President Bush at the White House before taking questions from reporters in the Rose Garden.
Pressed if he would campaign for McCain, the unpopular incumbent said he would do whatever helps his party’s nominee.
“If my showing up and endorsing him helps him - or if I’m against him and it helps him - either way, I want him to win,” Bush said, adding “it’s not about me.”
McCain and his entourage then strode across the capitol to meet with the chairman and committee members of the Republican National Committee, to plot early strategy and take up his new position as de facto controller of the fortunes of his party.
Down Pennsylvania Avenue a few minutes later, McCain and his top campaign aides, all dressed in rarely-deployed suits, met with RNC chairman Mike Duncan and committee staffers.
“Today we turn to a new standard bearer,” said Duncan at a press conference afterward, standing next to McCain and just below a portrait of a smiling Ronald Reagan. “He’s a dedicated reformer and a dedicated conservative.”
Somewhere, Mitt Romney is very, very sad.