McCain in 08?
Major Garret of Fox news was just on the Bill Bennet Show and stated “many many things are moving in John McCain’s direction for 2008”.
He cited as evidence this exchange between McCain and Tim Russert on Meet the Press yesterday:
MR. RUSSERT: The Pentagon, in fact, was paying Iraqi journalists to
publish articles favorable to the United States' position. The Los Angeles
Times first reported it. The Pentagon has now admitted it. Should
they stop it?
SEN. McCAIN: If these are accurate stories and written by
legitimate people, then I don't think there's anything wrong with it. If
they are not accurate and they are made up by different people, then, of course,
it should be stopped.
MR. RUSSERT: But here we are trying to teach democracy...
SEN. McCAIN: Yeah.
MR. RUSSERT: ...and freedom of the press...
SEN. McCAIN: Yeah.
MR. RUSSERT: ...and lack of state-sponsored censorship if you
will and we're paying Iraqis to print articles?
SEN. McCAIN: Well, I don't know if that's a standard practice or
not in Iraq. If these are accurate stories, we should make every effort to
get them out if they're accurate. We're in a propaganda war where this is
a war for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people as well. I think we
need more details as to exactly what went on, but if it's legitimate...
MR. RUSSERT: But in principle you have not problem paying the
SEN. McCAIN: But if that's the standard procedure in Iraq, if
that's what you need to do to get a story in one of these newspapers, but it has
to be accurate and it has to be done by a legitimate person. I understand
these are men and women who serve in our military that are responsible for these
stories. If that's the only way you get stories in, then I'm not terribly
offended by it, Tim.
I think Garret is right in his analysis. John McCain does a much better job on issues like this one than the Bush administration who sent out Stephen Hadley to answer questions about this story. Hadley did not serve the administration well with his mealy mouthed answers.
People who believe we are in a war for our very civilization, can look at John McCain’s position on Iraq and the greater war on terror and feel comfortable he will fight to win first and play politics second. He also comes across as a straight shooter in the rest of the interview. He has no problem admitting many mistakes were made in the war, but is also quick to praise the administration, and mention that mistakes are made in all wars. Shrewd very shrewd.
If you are a John McCain fan or not you must admit the man plays politics very well. He is the Republican darling of the MSM. The every day registered Democrat loves him. I would vote for him as would most Democrats. If he gets past the primaries he could win one of the biggest landslides in American History.
Now I should say that several months ago when McCain actively participated in the gang of 14, I called the Hugh Hewitt show and stated: ”John McCain just lost any chance at winning the Republican nomination”. Well I was dead wrong. I think Major Garret is right. If the war on terror is still the number one issue facing this country during the 2008 election (and I believe it will be) then McCain has a very strong advantage over his potential opponents in the Republican primaries.
I learned my lesson with my earlier prediction and should have known better at the time. Politicians count on the short memories of the American People when it comes to elections. John Kerry is a walking example of this; changing positions as often as his socks, all the while keeping a straight face when claiming his position has been consistent all along. By the way the gang of 14 has been much less harmful to President Bush’s appointments than some believed (including me). I think McCain can explain his position to many Republicans satisfaction in the primaries especially if Judge Alito gets confirmed.
No doubt a lot will happen between now and 2008 but John McCain seems to have a fighting chance at the nomination.
What do you think? am I crazy? Would any of you Republicans vote for McCain in the primaries? how bout the dems if he was nominated would you vote for McCain over Hillary or god forbid Kerry again?
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