McCain agrees with me now and then

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U.S. / POLITICS   | October 11, 2008
McCain Draws Line on Attacks as Crowds Cry ‘Fight Back’
By ELISABETH BUMILLER

As the polls have shown Barack Obama gaining ground, John McCain has been veering from message to message.

When a man told him he was “scared” of an Obama presidency, Mr. McCain replied, “I want to be president of the United States and obviously I do not want Senator Obama to be, but I have to tell you — I have to tell you — he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared” of “as president of the United States.” The crowd booed loudly at Mr. McCain’s response….

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McCain is clearly not by nature the sort of person to say nasty, disgusting things about his opponent and now he’s having to walk a fine line between appealing to his most rabid supporters and acting like a decent human being. I’m glad to see that he has allowed his better nature to prevail on many occasions, but frankly he’s just paying the price of being a Republican in this era created by the likes of Karl Rove. Bush never seemed to balk at indecent measures against his opponents; Cheney reveled in them. And Sarah Palin appears to be the synthesis of them both.

Too bad for McCain that he is running now after 8 years of Bush/Cheney ugliness. If he had been the nominee in 2000, I believe he might have won easily because disillusioned Democrats would not have found him repellent. And Sarah Palin would not have been on the VP radar whatsoever. With no one to stoke their fires of hatred, perhaps the rabid right would have felt more pressure to behave themselves in public.

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