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McCain confuses me. He campaigns with Bush despite the atrocious attacks launched against him during the 2000 primaries while consistently critizing the administration's leadership. At times he's in line with what I believe in and is usually one of the only Republicans to stand up once in awhile. My respect for that critical ability has vanished after the past election cycle where McCain became just another shill for BushCo. It's almost as if his infrequent opposition of Bush is part of the plan, to give the impression that the Republican party is not just a bunch of neo-cons. The truth is that the GOP is being run by the far right in lock-step with the Falwell-esqe moral majoritans.

PHOENIX - U.S. Sen. John McCain said Monday that he has "no confidence" in Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, citing Rumsfeld's handling of the war in Iraq and the failure to send more troops.

"I have strenuously argued for larger troop numbers in Iraq, including the right kind of troops -- linguists, special forces, civil affairs, etc.," said McCain, R-Ariz. "There are very strong differences of opinion between myself and Secretary Rumsfeld on that issue."

When asked if Rumsfeld was a liability to the Bush administration, McCain responded: "The president can decide that, not me."

Source: AP

Originally posted to shanksoft on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 01:00 PM PST.

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  •  Hagel recently said the same thing (none)
    Seems like they're both doing trying to distance themselves from the failures of this administration so they can campaign on a "reform" platform even though they're part of the party in power.

    Frankly, McCain seems to have outlasted his 15 minutes of fame. He just seems like a quote machine now. Where's the substance? Does he ever get anything accomplished or is he too busy in front of the cameras?

    •  Possible (none)
      I think it's possible that they're doing this to position a reform platform. But I think it's just as likely that the moderate Reps are moving for sanity in BushCo II. There's no way both McCain and Hagel will run in 2008 (recall that Hagel was McCain's chair). And while it might benefit one to have the other parrotting the anti-Rummy line, I tend to think the TWO comments together suggest they're going to push Bush to oust Rummy.
      •  What About John Warner? (none)
        Has John Warner had anything to say yet about Rumsfeld's comments at the Kuwait town hall?

        If Warner joins McCain and Hagel in calling for Rumsfeld to go, Rumsfeld's position might become untenable.

        •  Great point (none)
          Haven't heard it yet. Then again, so far Hagel and McCain have just hit a gentle one-two punch over two days. Perhaps tomorrow will be Lugar. And THEN we'll see Warner pile on.

          (Oops. One shouldn't use that idiom about the guys overseeing DOD, huh?)

    •  you mean his 15 minutes of shame... (none)
      Every time he stood up for Bush, it degraded him in my eyes.  There was a time when I thought that McCain could be the first Repub that I could identify with and not hate as Pres.  

      His support for Bush left me thinking that his independence was only a ruse and that he will sell his soul for power.

      •  What about forgiveness (none)
        For reformed sinners?

        If McCain finally realizes the error of supporting what DOD has done, great.

        A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. - Emerson

        by freelunch on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 01:11:51 PM PST

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  •  He's running for pres (none)
    MCCAIN IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. HE IS TRYING TO STEP AWAY FROM THIS TRAINWRECK AND THE FIRST TO GO IS RUMSFELD. I EXPECT MCCAIN, HAGEL AND OTHERS RUNNING TO CAUSE ALL SORTS OF HAVOC FOR BUSH.
    ART
  •  Freepers are freaking (none)
    I often enjoy reading the responses of the nutjobs over at free republic.  They are all screaming how they have no confidence in McCain.  For once, I have to agree (ugh!) with them.  McCain is a total sell out and lost all my respect by allowing himself to be groped by Dumbass.  That being said, it is past time that people speak up about the disaster Rummy has created.

    Btw, are those people on Free Republic real?  Are they stupid, crazy or what?  God bless us all if they have any say in who gets the next Repug nomination.

  •  The could be a pretext for the draft (none)
    This could be a pretext for the draft, because when they say they need more troops, that is the only way to get a significant number of troops.
    This could have been planned all along, and then Bush can say he did not really want a draft, but is bowing to the wishes of his party.
    •  that is a brilliant insight. (none)
      and I bet you're damn right.

      as to mccain: self-interested HO to the last. He's looking out for '08. I've always thought that his bush-sucking antics on the campaign trail were the consequence of a backroom deal for Shrubzi's endorsement next time out.

      I express my loathings daily at RabidNation

      by RabidNation on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 03:15:09 PM PST

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  •  Typical McCain Dichotomy (none)
    If he thinks that Rumsfeld's handling or the war is bad, how difficult is it for a decorated war veteran to pin some blame on the frickin' commander-in-chief?

    I mean, really, how much shit can this dude lick out of George W. Bush's asshole before it starts to taste bad?

    Please visit Southpaw -- Throwing Hard from the Left

    by Zarate on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 01:20:02 PM PST

  •  Several things going on here (none)
    1. As noted, this is McCain positioning himself for '08.

    2. McCain and Hagel are acting as mouthpieces for the military brass that hasn't yet been purged by Rummy.
  •  This is horrendous what freepers are saying.. (none)
    I'm wondering if there is some way to organize a group of his fellow prisoners a la the Swifties. I know that Ted Sampley has raised some serious questions about McCain's stories, as he did with Kerry LONG before the Swift Vets came together.

    34 posted on 12/13/2004 1:10:30 PM PST by valuesvaluesvalues

    The people over on that site are the most horrid human beings I have ever come across.

    New York - One of the last bastions of the Enlightenment

    by Maren on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 01:41:08 PM PST

    •  wow (none)
      the poster's name was really "valuesvaluesvalues"? That's frickin hilarious. In a laughtokeepfromcryin sort of way.
    •  Raise Questions, Huh? (none)
      These delicate fascists..... gearing up the character assassination machine is called "raising questions".

      Just like when they want to infer something is slimy without saying so (and being held to prove it), they say "I think it's interesting that...."

      They're all graduates of the Frank Luntz charm school, aren't they?

      Don't ask a question unless you want to hear the answer.

      by Dallasdoc on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 04:17:19 PM PST

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  •  McCain's confusing Opinions . . . (none)
    This has Rove writtern all over it.

    He doesn't support Rumsfeld's running of the war but doesn't think that he should be removed.

    Sounds like Rove's "you supported the war before you voted against it" strategy.

    •  That is interesting (none)
      Rove has chosen his moments wisely in the past. He knew the White House would have to take in Rummy bc of the war but is looking to ditch him as soon as he can. A Trent Lott type of thing?  Let the furor build until Rumsfeld has to step aside?
  •  Sometimes I think it's me (none)
    and that I am losing it.  I see how horrid and cruel those people are, and I don't get how they think they are the moral ones.  

    Regardless of what you think of McCain, to want to do a "Swiftie" on him is beyond contempt.

    New York - One of the last bastions of the Enlightenment

    by Maren on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 02:10:19 PM PST

    •  No, that would be poetry (none)
      McCain stood there while Bush "swiftied" Kerry. Sure he complained, but he stood there, right by Bush's side.

      Fuck him.

      Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by racerx on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 02:18:56 PM PST

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    •  nah, (none)
      it would be BEAUTIFUL.

      let the repigs kill and eat their own, and drive all the mckain types out of their party. it's just what they need, a good old fashioned bloodbath in their own backyards. let their big-pig tent fold in and collapse on itself, and let all the mckainesque moderate whores founder without a party to call their own; they're human garbage anyway.

      I express my loathings daily at RabidNation

      by RabidNation on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 03:19:52 PM PST

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      •  Repubs Are Reliving the French Revolution (none)
        Ironic, isn't it?  The Jacobins are taking over, and starting to guillotine anyone who isn't sufficiently revolutionary.

        One can only hope they're diving off the deep end at last, and that the country will recoil in revulsion when the facade of religiosity comes crashing down.

        Don't ask a question unless you want to hear the answer.

        by Dallasdoc on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 04:19:25 PM PST

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