Towards A Good Samaritan World

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

John Dickerson thinks that McCain is being insincere with his recent support for Bush-- and that he wants the moderates to know it. Why? Dickerson admits that:

McCain has so far mostly walked the line by embracing Bush on issues where they really do agree. Only 38 percent think it was worth going to war in Iraq, and yet McCain is more hawkish than Bush. He has called for more troops in Iraq—a position only 7 percent of Americans support. McCain sounds genuinely convincing in his support of Bush's Supreme Court picks. "Elections have consequences," he has said repeatedly, arguing that only violent opposition should derail a nominee. McCain has hardly endorsed Bush's policies uniformly or uncritically. He's been leading the fight against torturing prisoners, and his endorsements of the Iraq invasion are often paired with criticism of how badly the administration has botched the execution.

Bush took a brave stand when he went to war in Iraq; and a stand highly consistent with the "rogue state roll-back" that McCain advocated in 2000. That's more important than any "historical animosity" from Campaign 2000-- and it's to McCain's credit if he realizes this. If McCain is being as manipulative as Dickerson claims, that goes a long way towards discrediting him. But Dickerson is not persuasive. He blinds himself by reading his distaste for Bush onto others.


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