Monday, December 17, 2007

The McCain "surge" (if that's what it is)


Roy Edroso over at Alicublog has an interesting take on the sudden signs of a pulse in John McCain's presidential candidacy, which has won endorsements from the Des Moines Register, the Boston Globe and Democratic (?) Sen. Joe Lieberman:

"Joe Lieberman's expected endorsement of John McCain offers a great opportunity that the Republican Party may be too fractured to avail. McCain is the least absurd of the current pro-war GOP contenders. There are many things I don't like about him, but he was saying from the beginning that the war would require far more effort and cost than the Administration was letting on. And unlike most of his fellow GOP contenders, he doesn't consider torture a fun way to rouse the yahoos.
"In a better world this would have made McCain a more formidable candidate long since, but the Jesus people and many hardcore rightwing operatives actively despise him. These folks are negligible in a general election, but hard to get past in the primaries. The Lieberman endorsement is a great way to signal to relatively sane pro-war voters that McCain might their best bet. But in the current environment, who knows how many of them exist?"

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