From Time:

The Democratic strategy for beating John McCain is pretty simple. Its principal element: Tie McCain to President Bush, no matter how hard he struggles to break free.

Last week illustrated the maneuvering over Bush. McCain started the week with a speech on global warming, where he broke with the President. By the week’s end, though, McCain had been drawn into a fight over Mideast policy between Barack Obama and the White House, with McCain taking Bush’s side. Obama knows that voters do not yet trust him on foreign policy. But he also knows that they are even more wary of what Democrats call “a third Bush term.”

Original DVD cover.

The strategic choices for McCain are much trickier. Bush is unpopular with the public at large, but many Republicans still support him. The Republicans who disapprove of Bush are split further, between those who fault Bush for being too conservative and those who fault him for not being conservative enough.


McCain won the Republican primaries mostly because of his strength among anti-Bush Republicans, but he still has far to go among anti-Bush independents. Pro-Bush Republicans, meanwhile, remain distrustful of him, and every time he courts the more moderate voters β€” by reiterating his support for caps on carbon emissions, for example β€” their distrust grows.


Under the circumstances, McCain cannot really run either as an anti-Bush or as a pro-Bush Republican. He has to move beyond Bush. He also has to move beyond his party’s divisions over Bush. Too many of the anti-Bush Republicans believe that merely returning to a pre-Bush Eden of rock-ribbed conservatism would bring the party back to power.

In truth, Newt Gingrich’s Republican Party was declining in the 1990s. Once welfare reform passed and crime dropped, middle-class Americans stopped seeing the federal government as a threat to their interests and values. They began to look more kindly on government activism. Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” was a response to this public mood. Its inadequacy is now obvious to almost everyone.

Don’t forget, kids, if it’s Wednesday, you can find me on the Street!


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14 responses to “McChimpy

  1. nightowl724

    In essence, McCain has nowhere to “be.” Let’s keep it that way…

    Thanks for the laugh, nonnie!

  2. Are you a rasict, calling George Bush a chimp?

  3. nightowl,
    i wish capt underpants was more like teller and didn’t utter a word.

  4. ben k,
    huh? πŸ™„ i am not sure what a rasict is, but if you are asking me if i am a racist, the answer is no, and i truly don’t understand why my calling that moron a chimp might make you think i was one.

  5. Got a Grip

    Darn it, nonnie, your secret is out. Now everyone will know you hate low IQ frat boys from pasty white patrician families who never grow up and like to pretend they’re cowboys while cheating their way into the presidency. You awful racist you!

    I do have to admit that comparing Bush to chimps is wholly unfair, though. Chimps deserve so much better than that…. πŸ˜‰

  6. gotta,
    i think that it is a great compliment to chimpy to be compared to any primate!
    i am not a racist, i am a rasict! now i just have to figure out what that is.

  7. Got a Grip

    Huh. I was just assuming that Ben K had an inside line on some new form of racism involving low IQ zillionaires with a dangerous amount of power and no common sense whatsoever, but teh googles don’t turn up anything about it. I must assume that the series of tubez are clogged and this important piece of information can’t get through. Maybe Ben K will return to explain his important viewpoint to us all….. πŸ™„

  8. gotta,
    ben k has been here once before (once that i remember). he just drops a line and then leaves. i wonder if he is some kind of tarsic (hey, if he can anagram racist, then so can i! πŸ˜‰ )

  9. Got a Grip

    Maybe he’s a staric or a cratis or a astric or a ritsac. I like this game!! πŸ™‚

  10. i had him pegged as a scarti, but, then again, i think most people from scart are nothing like ben k.

  11. jlms qkw - jenn

    w and mc have holes in their sky.

    you gals are having too much fun with ben.

  12. and holes in their heads. uh-oh, now ben k will accuse me of being antiholic or antiheadist. πŸ™„
    thanks for the rec over in dr at the big orange, jenn. i was so pissed off. i had to leave. i couldn’t stand to watch that imbecile and that video being given kudos.

  13. jlms qkw - jenn

    you are welcome nonnie.
    i have been p’d at all the anti-hillaries since the hitler pic showed up.

    you anti-holist you.

  14. jenn,
    i just sent you an email, and i am hoping i got the addy right. if you don’t get it, let me know and i will resend it.
    —the anti-holic