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View Diary: Supreme Dereliction of Command; Or, the Beginning of the Neocons' Campaign for John McCain (168 comments)

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  •  I think that the neocons have lost a lot of (none)
    currency - the best move for them is to move back into the shadows for a bit, rework their lines, and work on pentration/saturation of less visible positions of power. Dancing around the "Failure in Iraq" meme won't be too hard, unless there's a dramatic Tet-like Offensive. If iraq collapses into a civil war, that can just be framed as one of the unfortunate detours, along the Road to Democracy - pull the troops back into bases, shift focus to air and tactyical strikes, , and the neocons in the Bush admin will be free to pick and choose their allies, from among the warlords. Afghanistan's an adequate model for that.

    McCain has too much integrity, imho, to be attractive to the neocons. The Bushies dislike him, and he doesn't toe the line well enough, to be dramatically appealling to the conservatives.

    There's more general drooling on the right over Condi, but I think that they would practically assess her as being too controversial to win over mainstream America. Same goes for Cheney. Giulianni has potential, but I haven't heard enough from him recently, to be able to take him seriously.  

    W rode a remarkable confluence of the religious right, conservatives, and neocons, into the WH. I think that there are some majors schisms opening in that, given the number of screwups and scandals that are coming to light, connected to the WH. The Left controls the the tempo at this point. Their base is decently consolidated, but they need to scoop up some of the groups that are splitting off from the right.

    Focussing on fiscal responsibility (without overemphasizing the painfulness of it), respect and support for the military, and Strengthening America has wings. Competence and integrity.

    Strangely enough, a campaign like that would be easy for McCain to pull off. And quite honestly, I'd consider voting for him

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