In Newly Usual Way, McCain Says He’ll Run – New York Times — The show is delayed to the West coast but the story is out. And just as I wrote the Romney post this happens. One thing I should note. I am not fully convinced that McCain really wants this job and may be doing weird things to submarine his own candidacy. Announcing on Letterman is odd but this may actually be timed to match up with the Romney smear (below).

Senator John McCain of Arizona took the platform of a late-night talk show Wednesday and said he would formally announce his campaign for the presidency in early April. His remarks erased entirely whatever doubt could have existed about his ambitions for the Republican nomination.

“The last time we were on this program — I’m sure you remember everything very clearly that we say — but you asked me if I would come back on this show if I was going to announce,” Mr. McCain told David Letterman. “I am announcing that I will be a candidate for president of the United States.”

“Oh,” Mr. Letterman replied with what seemed at least a glimmer of surprise.

Let the fun begin!

  1. natefrog says:

    Meh. Just what we need, another neocon running for president.

  2. gamabunta says:

    As much as I hate to use the term “flip-flopper”, there was never a better case in point than this man. Hopefully people will see past his 5 and a half years in Hanoi and realize his inability to take a firm stand on the issues at hand.

  3. Greg Allen says:

    >>Meh. Just what we need, another neocon running for president.

    McCain is actually WORSE than that… he’s a neocon POSER.

    He’s not even a real deal conservative nutcase. He’s just playing one to get elected.

  4. Greg Allen says:

    #4 …McCain has always been a Conservative. When did he become a fake one?

    McCain has been a reasonable conservative but lately he as begun pandering to the wacko neo-con wing of the party to get the nomination.

    McCain USED to be one of the conservatives that we liberals respected and even liked. Partly we liked him because he would occasionally stand up for principled common sense — like campaign finance reform, treating gays like as Americans or against torture — despite fierce opposition from his own party.

    But he’s caved on those positions. We libs also liked him because he’d tell the truth sometimes, like calling Jerry Falwell an “agent of intolerance”. (which, of course, described Falwell perfectly)

    But now, to get elected, McCain is giving that big phashist hugs and kisses.

  5. The war has really blown it for the Republicans.

    Its simple.. We cant afford it. There are lots of things that would be nice.. Like buying all the homeless a house.. maybe giving a thank you check of $1000 to all the americans who always pay their taxes..

    Dumb ideas or not dumb ideas.. Thats not the point. The point is, we cant afford it.

    To say.. well hey.. They MIGHT strike again.. So we have to strike first.. thats some dumb A logic.. By that logic we should anihilate all Muslims because they MIGHT strike..

  6. Steve S says:

    Aww Cr@p
    A new life in Canada is looking really good right now!

  7. JT says:

    Ingratiating himself to the radical conservative Christian fundamentalist wing of the Republican Party has made him a pariah to independent voters who were once his strongest base. John McCain defines smarmy.

  8. OmarThe Alien says:

    I don’t really believe there is a Republican in the country who could win the White House in ’08. Unless the Democrats shoot themselves in the foot (again) it’s going to be a Hillary romp all the way to the Oval Office.

  9. joshua says:

    #9…yep….I read all those things. But, the only real policy change there was the Roe v Wade switch. All the rest are just sentences taken from speech’s over a 7 year period.
    Of course he’s kissing some right wing ass….to win the Republican nomination you have to these days since they control the nomination process. Just like some Democrats are kissing the left wings ass to win the Democratic nomination.
    So-called Independents(actually lazy Democrats) are never satisfied with Republican or Conservative candidates. In a general election, McCain will take 40%, maybe more of the Independent vote, and thats all a Republican needs.

    #10…you better wake up….there are Democrats that could win in 2008…but Hillary isn’t the one. And you may be in for a sad morning after the election if you think a Republican can’t win.

    I’m thinking of maybe supporting Wesly Clark if he runs again.


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