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Now I Call That a Whipping! - De File
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Now I Call That a Whipping!
People tend to be real fond of Senator John McCain here in Arizona. For my own part, I prefer him to most other Republicans, though that isn't saying much since I have never voted for a Republican and in all likelihood -- barring the emergence of a party to the right of the Republicans -- never will. It pains me, though, to watch the President's machine reel the otherwise recalcitrant McCain in, inch by agonizing inch:
Dear Charlie,

Today we face the greatest test of our generation, defending our nation from a depraved, malevolent force that opposes our every interest and hates every value we hold dear.  There was no avoiding this war but we will survive.  Our enemies must not.

In this challenging time, I am grateful for the leadership of President George W. Bush and his steadfast resolve in defending our nation.  He has led this country with moral clarity about the stakes involved and the strength to achieve unconditional victory.

Our President has not wavered in his determination to make this world a better, safer, freer place.  Our nation must not yield in this long, tough fight to vanquish international terrorism and with George W. Bush as our President, it will not.

My friends, this is the most important election of our lifetime and I wouldn't be writing you if I didn't firmly believe in President Bush's leadership and the need for his re-election in these challenging times. As Democrats gather in Boston, I am asking you to demonstrate your strong support for President Bush by making a contribution to his re-election campaign at www.GeorgeWBush.com/JohnMcCain/ today.

To the work of many American generations who protected our interests and championed our values abroad must now be added the defense of our freedoms here at home from a clear and present danger.  We are very fortunate that in these challenging days we have a President and Vice President that have demonstrated time and again the determined, clear thinking necessary to prevail in this global fight between good and evil.

With your continued support and hard work, I am certain that the President's campaign will prevail this November.

Thank you for your belief in our nation and your strong support of President George W. Bush.


John McCain
U.S. Senator

P.S.  As the Democrats continue their attacks on our President, make sure you show your support for President Bush by making a contribution of $1,000, $500, $250, $100, or even $50 at www.GeorgeWBush.com/JohnMcCain/ today.
Karl Rove and his cronies must have paid very close attention to all those gangster movies, because they're doing it old style.

That's alright, though, because Gore, Carter, and Clinton really nailed their speeches tonight. I was particularly taken with Carter's. David Brooks, the "objective" counter-voice on the PBS coverage -- he's so smarmy -- complained that Carter had decided to cast off the mantle of post-political nonage to reassert his partisanship. But if you actually listened to Carter's speech, you could make a strong case that he was advocating that Americans elect Kerry precisely because he dreams of a better day when partisanship won't drive every square inch of policy-making. You go, Jimmy!

Mode: chagrined
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masoo From: masoo Date: July 27th, 2004 04:43 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
McCain didn't need to be reeled in. He has a person hard-on for Bush because of how he was treated in 2000, which makes him a great guest for Jon Stewart. But he's extremely conservative, and I don't think anyone should be surprised when he sends out crap like the above.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 27th, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm not sure I agree with you about the reeling-in. I mean, he certainly is very conservative by our standards. But if you chart his public statements over the past year, you can see him getting closer and closer to towing the Bush Administration's line with each passing month. Maybe that's all his own doing, but I suspect that pressure has been exerted to help him along.
masoo From: masoo Date: July 27th, 2004 03:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
McCain is very conservative by anyone's standards. His AFL-CIO lifetime rating is 17%, his ADA lifetime rating is a single digit, while his American Conservative Union lifetime rating is 84%.
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