But not only has John McCain become glued to Mr. Bush, but just like him, McCain doesn't seem to like tough questioning, especially when it's done with a follow up.
But seriously, between The McCain Doctrine, which is now turning into an Iraq build up of U.S. troops, ala what General Keane hinted at, it makes you wonder what we'd have in store if we elected this guy in '08. It's not just that the straight talk express has been hijacked by Chuck Hagel, but his prima donna temperament also comes with a very short fuse.
Toward the end of the conversation, I raised my hand and asked McCain:
"Given that you've said that you are 'scared to death that it's going to be a very hot spring in Afghanistan,' and given that you have also said, repeatedly, that only a substantial increase in troops in Iraq would make a real difference, why not send the 21,000 troops headed to Iraq, in what is clearly an act of desperation, to Afghanistan instead?"
During his response, McCain equated those opposing his position with "the far left."
"Do you consider Sam Brownback part of the far left?" I jumped in.
The Senator flared and told me that if I'd only let him finish his answer instead of interrupting, we could have "a civil discussion." ... ..
Frankly, I'm also a little worried about a man who falls asleep at the SOTU. Hey, but nodding off during a Bush speech certainly isn't criminal.
Luckily, it will be easy to keep track of all this stuff, because my friends Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films and Cliff Schecter have started a campaign. Let's call it the straight talk express revealed, all the way down to the bone. The Real McCain has all sorts of videos and postings by Cliff. Head over and check it out.
As for "The Real McCain," I don't even know who that is anymore. Do you?
McCain had trapped himself. He is now chained to Bush. As Bush's war has escalated, McCain's popularity has nose dived. Still the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, he might have made himself more acceptable to the base, but his political strategy has shattered his myth. Bearing the burden of Bush, he may have become unelectable.