Tuesday, August 24, 2004

The McCain Paradigm

We continue to hear that John McCain's service record was odoriferously, recklessly and unfairly impugned by Bush's triangular surrogates in 2000, that he lost the primary to Bush for this reason, Bush got away clean, and most importantly we're on the same road vis a vis John Kerry.
However, there is a difference. McCain ultimately lost the race in 2000 because the party establishment had a candidate in George W. Bush they preferred. South Carolina played a part but it's unlikely McCain would have won anyways when you look at the margins he lost primaries by in the next rounds. It wasn't all S.C. momentum -- it was the establishment circling their wagons. McCain won the tiny state of New Hamphshire - a place where mavericks are often rewarded uniquely. So let's put the McCain story in perspective. Yes, the Bushies are up to their same old tricks -- but there's no need for fatalism here. Let's hit back and hit 'em where it hurts. That's right - let's go after Laura Bush, that bible-toting librarian help-mate. (C'mon. I'm kidding. I'm kidding)

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