Thursday, August 26, 2004

Bush campaign lawyer resigns; McCain still peeved

This whole Swift boat thing refuses to just die already. I try not to get too concerned that it has eroded Kerry's support (I'd like to think people are smarter than that, but who knows...). That said, Benjamin Ginsberg's resignation seems to point towards El Presidente's desire to move on from this whole thing. More interesting to note, however, is McCain's role in all this. Its no secret that he isn't El Presidente's biggest fan, that he's a close personal friend of Mr. Kerry's, and that he has been a vocal critic of the "Swifties" (as I've dubbed them) for deliberately distorting Senator Kerry's record. He's also been a vocal critic of the President's "response" (if you can call it that) to the whole thing, saying that Bush hasn't condemned the ads strongly enough. Today's NYT article states that McCain:
said in an interview that he was so annoyed over the veterans' television advertisements attacking Mr. Kerry's war record that he intended to personally "express my displeasure'' to the president when they campaign together next week.
All true.

So, here's my question. Senator, why are you campaigning so hard for a man that, according to everything I've read and heard over the last four years, you despise? I've read profiles of you in the New Yorker, in Harper's, in multiple places online, etc. I've heard interviews with you on Letterman, The Daily Show, Leno, and elsewhere. Nearly all the time, you've been an outspoken critic of the Administration, its policies, and your own party. I can't help but wonder, then, why you're working for their reelection. Much of America likes you, Senator. You may actually be (along with Guliani) the best liked politician in the United States. But one has to wonder why you're working so hard for a man who's policies you dislike, who's cronies and handlers are cruel and slimy, and whom smeared you when running against him four years ago?

Any guesses out there?

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