2007/03/17

Is the best the GOP has to offer?

Here, let me summarize for you John McCain's answers to a reporter drilling him on foreign aid to slow the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and condom use as a way to prevent the spread of HIV:

Abstinence ...
Abstinence ...
Abstinence ...and...

You've stumped me.

Interestingly, the Arizona senator is not only unable to articulate his current position. He's apparently unable to remember any position he ever had:
Are we on the Straight Talk express? I’m not informed enough on it. Let me find out. You know, I’m sure I’ve taken a position on it on the past. I have to find out what my position was. Brian, would you find out what my position is on contraception – I’m sure I’m opposed to government spending on it, I’m sure I support the president’s policies on it.
So let's just distill this down to the essentials, shall we? When you do this much dissembling over an issue about which everyone has an opinion, one of two things is occurring: Either you're getting senile (Ronald Reagan style), or you just changed your position and are having second thoughts.

Either way...if the rest of the Republican field bungles their responses as effectively, the Democrats should find 2008 to be a cakewalk.

18 Comments:

he has lost all credibility
Quite amusing, I must say! Those were the days, when politicians spoke from the heart without trying to desperately recall what the handlers and spinners told them about their position in any given issue.
McCain will ultimately lose the nomination, opening the door for Newt to take it, as the Republican need a candidate as polarizing as the Democrats polarizing front runner to keep a third party from siphoning off votes from the corpocracy.
I'm glad McCain is out there representing the Rethugs - makes them look as bad as they really are.
Just my humble opinion, but McCain would do much better if he ran the same campaign he ran in 2000. Probably pick up a sizable chunk of middle-o-the-road Democrats. Alas, he seems to have taken a full portion of the evangelical kool-aid
McCavein has lost any little but of himself he had left. Perhaps he died a few years ago and Rove has someone inhabiting his body?

I only hope that the Dems don't put forward an equally idiotic candidate. Hillary's latest blunders aren't giving me much hope.
McCain is definitely coloring inside the conservative lines this time. I'm surprised he hasn't flip-flopped on global warming yet...
Pam... Perhaps Rove is inhabiting McCain's body?

J... The global warming flip is coming, just as soon as McCain can get his campaign manager to dig up his position.
It's kind of pitiful...McCain started out in a fairly strong position...and then he opened his mouth.

I would love to see Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney on the Republican ticket next year. Can you imagine the fun the pundits would have with Newt n' Mitt?

I can't think of anything smarmy off-hand, but I'm sure there's some dandy labels to be applied.
Great points, if the senator from New York were to respond in such an incoherent manner, however, the media would be in full mouth foaming frenzy mode.
Do you remember what a pathetically unqualified candidate the Kowboy was? I was agog at his stupidity and incompetence. And who ended up planting his butt in the White House?

I shall never be complacent about an election again. Ever.
Republicans tried "Just Say No" to end drug abuse in the 80s. I don't remember how that one turned out- I was high, and not paying attention.

Anyway, I bet promoting abstinence as a way to end AIDS will be equally as effective.
Cranky... Gingrich and Romney! The Mormon and the futurist! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

OK...I'm ok now.

...the media would be in full mouth foaming frenzy mode.

UndeniableL... You've got that right. In fact, any of the Dems would get the same treatment. Only the 'thuglicans get a buy.
Do you remember what a pathetically unqualified candidate the Kowboy was?

Alicia... Do I ever. Both times, and you're right to point out that McCain is courting the same group that did the job for Bush.

Thomas... Everyone else said "yes" and we're dealing with the GOP's refusal to accept the will-o-the-people.
McCain seems to have forgotten 2006. Short term memory problems? He seems to be focusing on the exact same "Stragerty" that lost the Republics the House and the Senate last year.

So I figure we don't really have to worry about Johnny-"get-me-more-guns" this time 'round.

Thank you for the kind wishes, Froggie - I'm all good. Except for the itches.
thomaslb, you wrote:

"Republicans tried "Just Say No" to end drug abuse in the 80s. I don't remember how that one turned out- I was high, and not paying attention."

Just Say No was Nancy Reagan's gig. It wasn't an abusive strategy. Nor was it intended to inconvenience you.

You opined"

"Anyway, I bet promoting abstinence as a way to end AIDS will be equally as effective."

Okay. What should be done about AIDS? It is still considered fatal.

Your mocking tone suggests on one hand that the government is ineffective, but on the other hand, that you want powerful government intervention.

In other words, you have no idea how the world should handle AIDS and the factors that spread it.
undeniable liberal, you wrote:

"...if the senator from New York were to respond in such an incoherent manner, however, the media would be in full mouth foaming frenzy mode."

Really? What media? The NY Times? Hardly. The NY Daily News? Hardly. The NY Post. Yes.

What about the remainder of the News Media? No. The News Media has a definite leftward bias that limits itself to mild criticism of Democrats.

Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Air America are not News Media outlets. They are deeply partisan and have no interest in "news".

Therefore, why excite yourself over what's said on those venues? They preach to their respective choirs and nothing more.

Limbaugh, Hannity and O'Reilly are nothing more than entertainers whose schtick is partisan politics. That's it. Gasbags who entertain with politics instead of other listener interests.
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