Those of you who know me well know that in 1999-2000 thereabouts, I had a wild, untamed, shameful, schoolgirl crush on John McCain, mainly for the reasons everybody did: the hot war hero background, the funny, the downsmacking of Jerry Falwell, the way he got that during the run-up to the actual presidential campaign your constituency is the press and the press only and heworked it like Linda Evangelista, the straight talk thing, etc. I was heartbroken when Bush took him to pieces in South Carolina and that particularly nasty destruction is one of the biggest reasons I despise Bush and Karl Rove and their methods to this day.
So it has depressed the living hell out of me to watch what a miserable Bush-supporting shill McCain’s turned into, and this news, which at one time would have made me happy, just makes me go “ugh.”
Sen. John McCain, considered the front-runner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, intends to launch an exploratory committee next week, GOP officials said Friday.
First of all, way to horn in on our news cycle, senator. Second, it’s too early for this, isn’t it? Tell me I’m not wrong to feel like this coupled with the Vilsack thing is the political equivalent of the stores putting out Christmas decorations in September. Third, did I mention “ugh?” I’d really welcome a grown-up presidential campaign, between a guy I didn’t think was a sleazy asshole and a Democrat who I’d end up voting for anyway. But I hold out no hope that McCain will be that guy. He’s already climbed into bed with the Bushco enforcers, and once you go there, you can’t go back.