Sunday, May 18, 2008

You Can Run But You Can't Hide

More fun today from the NYT editorial column where Frank Rich lays out the GOP dilemma and the problem McCain is going to have with Bush hanging around his neck like a big dead albatross.
This is proving to be a problem in congressional and senate races. And the whole party must be having collective combustive heart failure at the idea of this administration's role in the GOP convention.

Independents favor Democrats over Republicans on most issues, according to the April New York Times/CBS News poll, including the economy (by 30 points), Iraq (by 13 points) and health care (48 points).

But are independents suckers? They'd have to be to fall for the pitch that Mr. McCain is an apostate in his own party in 2008. He has been an outspoken Bush defender since helping him sell the Iraq war in 2002 and barnstorming for him in 2004. Despite Mr. McCain's campaign claims to the contrary, he never publicly called for the firing of Donald Rumsfeld. He is still one of the president's most stalwart supporters in Congress
Already one of the national convention’s de facto hosts — Minnesota’s endangered Senator Norm Coleman — is frantically trying to save his seat by disowning his record as an Iraq war booster and disentangling himself from the president. Good luck! But how can Mr. McCain escape the dread specter of this White House at the convention? Surely Mr. Bush will exercise his prerogative to address the nation in prime time.

Also for today's entertainment-- worth some good laughs to go back and read LM's excellent review of the RNC Convention Logo.