Sen. John McCain locked up the Republican presidential nomination last night, and for a few hours the former fighter pilot was flying high.
Then today came the inevitable, unavoidable endorsement from President George Bush, and the thud could be heard across the country. McCain, popular because of his maverick stances and strong individualism, has now been inextricably shackled to the Bush administration and its policies.
It’s a real shame, too. A lot of Republicans don’t like McCain because he hasn’t been “one of them” and hasn’t toed the party line. Yet that is precisely why he was the one GOP candidate who represented any hope at all of holding on to the White House in November. He was the one who had a chance to appeal to middle-of-the-roaders and Independents.
We’ll probably never know if John McCain really wanted his president’s endorsement; he’s too much a patriot to ever say he didn’t. But he’s also smart enough to know being dragged even deeper into Bush’s shadow is not going to help his campaign.
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I like the image, but I do not understand the name. Does “pied” mean “served as a pie”?
Also, you sound younger than you are because you never sound tired of the “have seen it all before” kind. And besides, especially as seen from here, also because of your faith in the rule of law: I thought you had had a course at school. —
What does your avatar represent? Before I thought it was a poppy, but now that it is black and there are two horizontal lines it looks more like a flag.
“Pied” type is type that has been spilled or thrown into a an unsorted mess. I explained it in “About” but maybe should move it to the front page. The black avatar was a mistake. I hope the red one shows up again soon. It is actually a stylized asterisk, like you’d see with a footnote. Thought it would make an easily recognizable avatar.