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McCain: Why Does He Do It?

by Christopher Chantrill
February 05, 2008 at 3:45 pm

WHY IS IT that Senator John McCain’s is most impressive when sliming other Republicans?

First, he’s been accusing Mitt Romney of being on the cut-and-run side on the war. Which is baloney, as Kathryn Jean Lopez makes clear.

In a debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, he continued to insist, as he had just before the Florida primary, that Romney was on the side of defeat in Iraq.

Not exactly, Senator McCain.

Now he’s ginned up a day-before-the-election hit on Rush Limbaugh, by having former Senator Bob Dole send an email to Rush extolling McCain’s conservative credentials from back in the early 1990s.

By Monday evening, the Rush memo was being billed as “Dole Scolds Limbaugh” and McCain was going after Romney. Again. Reports Calvin Woodward:

"Well, it’s probably the last person I would have wanted to have write a letter for me," Romney said on Fox News, likening McCain’s candidacy to Dole’s losing 1996 presidential bid. McCain called on his rival to apologize. "This is no way to end up this campaign," McCain said, "by attacking a genuine American war hero."

Er, excuse me? If you disagree with Bob Dole you are attacking a genuine American war hero?

There’s only one way to characterize this sort of political mudslinging. Clintonian.

Just how does John McCain expect the conservative base to go out and campaign for him this Fall after he’s been channeling the Clintons?

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Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.  His Road to the Middle Class is forthcoming.


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Finke, Stark, The Churching of America, 1776-1990


Mutual Aid

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Green, Reinventing Civil Society


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E. G. West, Education and the State


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Thomas Sowell, Conquests and Cultures


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Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


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Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm


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