"Terence Hunt, white house correspondent for the Associated Press, hits the nail right on the head when he writes that Senator John McCain - the Republican nominee for president - is running against the Democrats (Barack Obama) and George W. Bush and other GOP politicians in a position of power in the last couple of years.
Whenever he makes an appearance, he criticizes Obama’s plans, and his record. This is, most would agree, logical. After all, Obama will be his opponent in November.
McCain has another opponent to deal with, however; the unpopularity of George W. Bush. If he would run as a partisan Republican - in the same vein as Bush - he would certainly lose. The only way for McCain to win in November is to present himself as a different kind of Republican; one who is not overly partisan, one who is able and willing to reach across the aisle, and one who is willing to take on Washington and clean it up.
“We began to value power over principle,” McCain said in Colorado Springs, Colo. Some lawmakers turned corrupt and wound up in jail, he told a rally in Albuquerque, N.M.
“Change is coming, change is coming,” McCain promised later.
Obama’s campaign, knowing that depicting McCain as the second coming of G.W. Bush, tries to counter McCain’s ‘maverick’ image by pointing out time and again that the Senator from Arizona agreed with Bush 90% of the time.
“On the core issues, the economy and the war, he has been joined to Bush at the hip,” said Democratic pollster Mark Mellman. “On the other hand, Bush is a lead weight dragging him down. He has to rely on rhetoric to separate (himself) but he can’t separate himself on policies important to the American people.”
Of course, the criticism is not entirely fair. McCain, for instance, was one of the most vocal critics of Bush’s strategy in Iraq until the latter ordered the surge (which was exactly what McCain asked for). He criticized Bush and then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for bungling the job in Iraq, and for failing to send enough troops to restore stability and peace.
You really do not know anything about McCain, do you.