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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Republican Party Meets the New Boss

posted by on March 5 at 15:06 PM

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.

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This makes me ill. Reading it is like when leaning too far back in a chair, and that feeling, the one you feel at the last second right before you tip over backwards , stretches out interminably as you read along.

Posted by Ziggity | March 5, 2008 3:18 PM

Ah, the Bush Kiss of Death.

That's gonna be fun seeing in viral vids for the Dems this fall!

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 5, 2008 3:20 PM

Meanwhile, Dems are dumb. They will now waste MILLIONS of dollars and a lot of time. Wouldn't it be better to use the resources to blast McCain? No. Because all of you think it's better for the party for Clinton & Obama to go on to make them more seasoned. It's bullshit! Get accustomed to hearing "my friends" from President McCain.

Posted by Dems R Dumb | March 5, 2008 3:26 PM

@3, oh please. At this time four years ago, Kerry was ahead of Bush. But the months and months and months of general election coverage meant that Kerry lost momentum. He peaked too early. Let's not have Cli/Bama peak too early. Waiting until June to decide the nominee isn't going to destroy the party or hand it to McCain. On the contrary, it's making the entire country focus almost entirely on democratic issues. It's invigorating millions of people who are thrilled to have their vote count for the first time ever. It's bringing in millions of dollars to the Dem party. And the constant media focus on Obama and Clinton mean that it's hard for McCain to gain any traction in the media. This is good not bad.

Posted by arduous | March 5, 2008 3:46 PM

arduous, talk to me the day after the election. Meanwhile, learn to say President McCain!

Posted by Dems R Dumb | March 5, 2008 3:50 PM

Riiiiight, DemsRDumb, because all those ultra right-wing swing voters who have been just DREADING a McCain candidacy are going to - what? Bite the proverbial bullet, hold their nose against the reek inside the polling booth and vote against those all-so-important (or so we've been told) "moral values", and vote for him anyway?

Or will the more likely scenario be that they just sit this one out, as they've threatened to do all along, if he got the nod, and leave the door open for whichever Dem wins the nomination?

I'll bet the latter is the more likely of the two - if for no other reason than the right-wing wackos just HATE to compromise their cherished "values" - and generally WON'T, even if it means seeing the guys who's presumably on their side lose the White House.

Besides, that will just make a stronger case in favor of the GOP having to bow down to their demands in the next election cycle if they want a chance of winning.

Posted by COMTE | March 5, 2008 3:53 PM

Besides the name-calling, Dems R Dumb has a good point. Down-ballot Dems are beginning to feel the pinch of not having enough campaign funds since their supporters are contributing to the primary contestants. Of course, an increasingly bad economy doesn't help as far as the ability of folks to contribute either. Also, Florida, Michigan, and the Clinton campaign are now all saying that a do-over is fine. However, the states can't afford to pay. The DNC would have to pay, which reduces the funds for the general election fight. Florida Dems estimates a do-over at $25 million.

Posted by Fitz | March 5, 2008 4:13 PM

Now we can just ignore McCain entirely.

Well, except for the attack ads that his supporters send to Hils to use against Obama, that is.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 5, 2008 4:14 PM

Oh, here is a link to the article about Florida & Michigan:

Posted by Fitz | March 5, 2008 4:16 PM

Most Americans are aware of the courageous service John provided as a naval aviator and POW . But few can fully appreciate how bad the egregious hospitality of the Hanoi Hilton was .His main concerns were for other POWs’ life threatening conditions and how he could help them.

To this day John’s truthfulness, dedication and what he believes in is demonstrated by his sincere actions and service as a Senator of the United States of America. We could do a whole lot worse than vote for John Mc Cain and with your help the next president of the United States.

Posted by John Son | March 6, 2008 10:55 AM

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