The McCain-Clinton Ticket

March 26, 2008

So now Hillary Clinton is attacking Barack Obama with an article from the American Spectator? The same magazine that took Daddy Wingbucks money from Richard Mellon Scaife to run the Arkansas Project, the get-Bill-Clinton-at-any-cost rumor mill and smear machine? Apart from the seaminess and unseemliness of it all, there’s the little problem that the article itself — an attack on Obama’s foreign policy advisor, Merrill McPeak — is a crock of shit:

Principally, the author takes McPeak to task for supporting a Middle East map that would require Israel to withdraw to its pre-1967 border. It also makes the case that McPeak supports the Walt-Mearsheimer view of the influence of the Israeli lobby on foreign policy.

The author’s sudden conclusion: “Obama has a Jewish problem and McPeak’s bigoted views are emblematic of what they are. Obama can issue all the boilerplate statements supporting Israel’s right to defend itself he wants. But until he accepts responsibility for allowing people like McPeak so close to his quest for the presidency, Obama’s sincerity and judgment will remain open questions.”

As one keen observer pointed out to me, if advocating the pre ’67 border map makes one an anti-Semite, just about every iteration of the U.S. government since 1967 would qualify. Tony McPeak’s verbal gymnastics do not make a “Jewish problem” for Obama.

With John McCain stumbling around getting his countries mixed up and talking about endless war in Iraq, Hillary Clinton has become the GOP’s most valuable tool. Unless she’s bucking for a spot in the McCain campaign, or a job as his speechwriter, Hillary Clinton needs to get lost, right now.

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6 Responses to “The McCain-Clinton Ticket”

  1. Sally Says:

    McCain-Clinton would be utterly fascinating. Who is to say it couldn’t work? Most Americans are stuck right in the middle and at the moment we have no outlet. Why does it always have to be either/or? Bipartisan thinking right from the top could be the best answer. Most of the problems facing us right now need a mix of clear thinking from both sides, not what’s simply popular at the moment.

  2. stevenhart Says:

    Actually, no. Most American’s aren’t stuck in the middle — they want the Republicans gone. “Bipartisanship” only works when both sides recognize its value. You’d have to have been in a coma since the mid-1990s to think the current GOP is interested in being a partner in government and stewardship.

  3. Steve-O Says:

    Remember Ned Lamont? Sally is more right than you may want to admit.

  4. Steven Hart Says:

    What about Ned Lamont? He beat Lieberman in the primary, then fumbled the general election, in large part because Lieberman dissembled about his stance on Iraq and presented himself as much less hawkish than he turned out to be. As soon as he got back into office, Lieberman started slagging the Democrats and calling the party’s front-runner a Marxist. Anybody who thought Lieberman would be a moderate on the war got rolled.

    As soon as the Democrats widen their majority in the Senate, Liberman should be stripped of his chairmanships and sent off to howl in the wilderness with the GOP.

  5. Max Entropy Says:

    The very idea that Hillary would court McCain makes me shiver. It would reinforce my opinion, held since Clinton used her influence to get named to the Senate Armed Services committee, and then proceeded to cozy up to the joint good old boys, that she was intent on demonstrating that she is tough enough to be president. Afterwards, she continually took hawkish stands on Iraq so make sure there would be no way she could be depicted as soft on terrorism when she entered the national stage.

    Were she to run as second banana to Iron John, it would complete her transition to complete cynicism. Would she campaign uttering the inanities of the GOP platform? How could she not? Can you see her as McCain’s Dick Cheney or Al Gore? Methinks she would be swiftly marginalized by the WH, left to serve as a goodwill ambassador to countries the US won’t be doing any favors for anytime soon. Wouldn’t it negate everything that Hillary’s supporters – women especially – believes she represents?

    Accepting the veep spot would clearly demonstrate that Hillary Clinton won’t stop at anything to occupy the center of power. I doubt that she would want this, but if it happened I would get very depressed. Haven’t we had enough of such politicians?

  6. Larry Crump Says:

    McCain/Clinton – the last dispensation of polarizing U.S. politics. A new world order! That might be the only ticket so many disenfranchised Republicans and Dems can get excited about! Seriously!
    McCain & Clinton are more alike than not. I don’t think it would be a stretch for either McCain or Clinton – but it would instantly catapult the race into the historic stratosphere! The ultimate expression of bipartisanship! Take that Obama – so much for your “politics of the past”!
    Oh well…so much for principle centered leadership.


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