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The McCain Mutiny

It’s people like McCain who keep me from thinking that all the Republicans in Congress are mean-spirited, bitter, angry people like DeLay, Hastert, Frist, and Chambliss.

I have to admit, I was pretty excited when I heard McCain would entertain an offer to be Kerry’s running mate, but I agree with him that he’d be a better president than vice-president. However the ‘what-if’ factor is enticing. I think it would have locked up the election for Kerry/McCain. In fact, I think if McCain had decided to run against Bush for the Republican nomination, surprising things would have happened.

In any case, He's a breath of fresh air. He had the courage to display some of his good common sense and decency by refusing to viciously attack Kerry in accordance with this week's White House talking points. Or maybe he's just not on the president's mailing list any more. Whatever the reason, McCain says,

"He's [Kerry's] responsible for his voting record, as we all are responsible for our records, and he'll have to explain it," Mr. McCain said on "Today." "But, no, I do not believe that he is necessarily weak on defense. I do not agree with him on some issues, clearly. But I decry this negativism that's going on on both sides. The American people don't need it, and the end result will be lower voter turnout, particularly amongst younger Americans."

Man, that's what it should all be about: voting records, words, and deeds without the malicious spin. Despite the administration's efforts to convince Americans that Kerry will immediately surrender to the terrorists, no clear thinking person will seriously entertain such a baseless charge, and it only serves to makes Bush and Cheney look like vicious, conniving men to even suggest it.

I enjoy watching Kerry and Bush go for each other's throats the same way I used to enjoy watching the Jerry Springer Show, but ultimately, just like Jerry's guests were belittled and humiliated, it demeans both men. At first, I thought it was a good idea for the Democrats to choose a candidate early in order to concentrate on Bush, but eight more months of proxy sniping is going to get tedious.

I'm looking forward to real debates that don't go through the media spin machine. I sincerely hope Bush will consent to some real debates this time. A format that doesn't allow direct questions isn't a debate, and it only results in one candidate spewing their already well-known position statement while the other shakes his head in disbelief. I'd like to see Bush and Kerry engage each other in some direct dialogue over the issues.

Posted by American Pundit at March 19, 2004 7:25 AM