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October 21st, 2008
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I Really Want to Like John McCain

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From:beck_liz
Date:October 21st, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Well, and the heck of it is, the McCain that I, like you, used to like showed up at the Al Smith dinner last week. He got to be funny and charming. I was left wondering where he came from; he's been missing so long. Mind, there were still a few lines I didn't appreciate, but for the most part? Funnnnneeee. If that guy had been running for president these last few months, he'd be doing better, I think.
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From:mofic
Date:October 22nd, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
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If that guy had been running for president these last few months, he'd be doing better, I think.

Yeah, I think so, too. He would not have the excited commitment of the right wing of his party that the Sarah Palin pick and the attack strategy has given him, but push come to shove the right wing of his party is sooooo opposed to the idea of a black POTUS that they'd vote for McCain/Lieberman (or whoever) without excited commitment. And he would have won over some of the moderates who are running the other way!
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From:beck_liz
Date:October 22nd, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Actually, even some of the un-moderate conservatives have ditched McCain and are planning on voting for Obama. Ken Adelman has switched allegiances, and a lot of people are very surprised by this. He was very pro-Iraq War back when, and served in the Reagan White House for 7 years. It's kind of interesting watching which people have jumped ship, which people are holding fast, and who's just not talking about it anymore - I notice George Will's last couple of columns have been very much not about the election, at least not obviously about it, anyway.
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From:mofic
Date:October 22nd, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
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I do think a lot of people just feel it's over and time to move on. Also, anyone who is "conservative" in the old sense - as opposed to the hates-gays-and-abortion-loves-guns sense - is pretty appalled at the selection of such an obviously unqualified VP nominee. Clearly not a conservative thing to do. But I still think if he'd gone with a moderate running mate, the right wing would have voted for him, if only while holding their collective nose. And the moderates and independents would have taken him a lot more seriously.
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