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The war against John McCain continues with irrational outbursts from all the usual suspects and now that their rhetoric has run out of steam, they are starting to quote from Matt Welch's McCain: The Myth of a Maverick. This book details what the progressives have known about McCain all along - he is just another nutcase from the political right.
Not a new revelation at all, check out a post on the Carpetbagger Report from 2005:
McCain is a typical conservative Republican. That’s how he refers to himself, and that’s what his voting record shows him to be. On at least one issue, abortion, McCain is to the right of President George W. Bush. In 2000, McCain received backing from Religious Right honcho Gary Bauer after Bauer left the race. Bauer backed McCain because McCain promised him that he would apply an anti-abortion litmus test to Supreme Court nominees. Bush, by contrast, would not go that far.
Prior to his falling out with the Christian Coalition, McCain was much beloved by that group and once received an award from its Arizona Chapter. I predict McCain will, prior to the 2008 run, bend over backwards to kiss and make up with these fanatics. (The New Yorker article agrees with me on this point.)
Sure, McCain worked with Russ Feingold on campaign finance reform and has taken a few other moderate stands. But he’s basically a conservative Republican who will move toward the right to please GOP primary voters.
And this is the disconnect for me. With all the GOP bonafides that comes with McCain and McCain's wide support on the campaign trail, I can't figure out why the far right want the man dead. Why the doom and gloom?
Could it be his balking of ONE tax cut bill? Could it be as childish as that?
Knowing that crowd, it just might be.