Great post from Digby, finding McCain's true stripes.
"What they need to do is to get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit." - George W. Bush.McCain is not a good "alternative" to the neocon agenda. He's no alternative whatsoever. He claims his beliefs are different than Bush's, but he won't speak them: "I'm not sure right now that I'd like to criticize this administration because I think they're doing the very best they can."
"One of the things I would do if I were President would be to sit the Shiites and the Sunnis down and say, 'Stop the bullshit.'" John McCain.
But his only attempts to go against the grain are when he wears his "Maverick" codpiece and rams something through Congress like his anti-torture amendment. He didn't blink when Bush attempted to veto the legislation through a signing statement. It was all a setup, preparing America for a man who can buck the ills of the Bush administration while secretly working to bring the true conservative agenda to the White House. It's not much different than you could expect from Sen. Clinton, but the calculations and machinations are a little less obvious.
In a war to pander to the middle, the right is most apt to win. They've "stood for principles" for so long it couldn't possibly be pandering if coming from the GOP. So McCain, despite the Maverick stance with his own base, is a strong contender. Perhaps even because of his past stance with his base.
If Democrats want to be known for having a spine and strong convictions, they need to stand their ground on every issue for the next two years. Or until the Republicans, if they are true patriots, admit their massive, ridiculous mistakes and voluntarily request the Dems' assistance in fixing our country's problems. There is no issue more important right now.
I know some of my readers share my distrust of McCain. Please drop a comment since I've been meaning to ask you to elaborate your thoughts, so you might as well leave them here!