Senator McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee for president in 2008, after 8 years of “reaching across the aisle,” undermining conservatives, is soon to see his efforts come to fruition as his new “friends” begin scuttling his presidential aspirations.
McCain, thought of as a “quasi-liberal maverick” by many on the right expressed in a 2005 interview that he “absolutely” wants to be president adding,
“because I think I’m qualified to help make the world a better place.”
Throughout the past eight years Senator McCain, presumably disappointed at losing the 2000 bid for the presidency to George W. Bush, showed his “qualifications for making the world a better place” often by abandoning his own party and crossing the aisle, at times initiating, to further the liberal Democrat agenda.
Now that Senator McCain has all but wrapped up the nomination, barring a catastrophe, the realization of his need to embrace conservatives, if he hopes to win in November has become apparent. His move to the right hasn’t gone unnoticed by those on the left who praised him earlier in the campaign.
If the Senator expected those he continually sided with against conservatives to give him a pass in the 2008 election, he is about to receive a very rude awakening as Democrats, emboldened by their sweeping win in 2006 and hoping for a repeat in 2008, not only to grab a stronger portion of Congressional power, but the White House too, have begun speaking out against the Senator too.
The very Liberal Huffington Post, brainchild of reformed conservative Arianna Huffington, has begun responding critically to Senator McCain’s campaign.
Liberal Assistant Professor and Author, Joseph A. Palermo penned a piece on February 14, 2008 titled, John McCain's "Character" and "Integrity" in which he acquaints us with his own disapprovals,
“In 2000, John McCain called the late Reverend Jerry Falwell and his ilk ‘agents of intolerance.’ In 2006, the ‘straight-talkin’ maverick’ lovingly embraced Rev. Falwell and delivered a touching commencement address to the graduating class at Falwell's ‘Liberty University.’”
“In 2004, when the ‘Swift Boat Veterans for Truth’ were in full slime mode against Senator John Kerry, smearing his war record as a Navy Lieutenant in Vietnam, the "war hero" and fellow Vietnam veteran John McCain did not come to Kerry's defense other than in the most understated and perfunctory manner.
I must inject here that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were a group of over 250 highly decorated Viet Nam Combat Veterans exercising their freedom to organize against a candidate they felt Unfit for Command due to their time served either with the candidate or his anti-war actions committed after an abbreviated tour and were comprised of members of all political persuasions and contrary to perceptions, were neither affiliated with the GOP as a group nor supported President Bush as a group.
Palermo finishes with,
“John McCain was too busy hugging and kissing George W. Bush to make an issue out of it. What does that tell us about the ‘hero's’ character and integrity?”
Ms. Huffington treats us to John McCain Sells His Soul to the Right: Backs Off on Torture Ban as she dubs McCain as,
“a Rove-embracing Bush clone, willing to jettison his principles in his hunger for the presidency.”
In an earlier article, End of a Romance: Why the Media and Independent Voters Need to Break Up with John McCain, Ms. Huffington tells us,
“the straight-shooting, let-the-chips-fall-where-they-may maverick - is no more. He's been replaced by a born-again Bushite willing to say or do anything to win the affection of his newfound object of desire, the radical right.”
If the Senator felt at one time his embracing the left on core issues was going to help propel him into the Oval Office this election, he is sadly mistaken. Little by little, as he is assured the nomination they desired for him to receive, they will be turning on him in favor of who they really wanted all along, a liberal Democrat to help wrest control of the nation into their Socialist hands. Senator McCain, you have been little more than a ‘useful idiot!’
From Politico, Jeanne Cummings informs us Gloves off: The Dem plan to hit McCain as she outlines the plan the Democrats probably will use to stomp McCain’s aspirations into the ground and propel the Democrat candidate into the White House.
Senator McCain made a “deal with the devil” and now the devil has come for his due. Perhaps the Senator will stand up to the left and tell them to just calm down a little bit, as he did to conservatives.
I doubt we will see either John Kerry or Hillary Clinton return the compliment to him that he paid them in the past when he said they would make “good presidents.”
Hang on Senator; you ‘ain’t seen nothing yet!’
UPDATE: Disgraced former Four Star General, Wesley Clark has joined in the condemnation of Senator McCain.
“If you don’t think John McCain is just as dangerous in the White House as George W. Bush, think again.”