Monday, May 31, 2010

Politico on McCain: What's that smell? The worst campaigns of 2010

Some excerpts -

But in his desperate bid to hang onto his Senate seat, McCain has already lost something -- his well-cultivated image as a different kind of politician who dared to take on his party and speak difficult truths.

Racing to get to the right, he has unapologetically discarded any stance which may be unhelpful in a conservative-dominated primary, most notably his leadership on immigration reform and climate change. In the not-too-distant past he spoke passionately about both issues as matters of conscience, to hell with the political consequences.

But it's not just the issues, per se, it's the lengths McCain is going to shed his former political skin that have some of his former advisers shaking their heads about what he's doing to get six more years in Washington. With no hint of the irony he was once known for, and apparent amnesia about the White House campaign he waged two years ago, he said he never actually considered himself "a maverick." And after openly mocking conservatives who were obsessed with simply building more fences on the border -- "I think the fence is least effective. But I'll build the goddamned fence if they want it" -- he's now airing an ad in which he's seen walking along said fence and promising to "complete the danged fence."

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