Win Some, Lose Some: McCain Alienates While Obama Charms

Chris Shays

The Connecticut co-chair of McCain’s campaign, Rep. Chris Shays, said today about Sen. John McCain:

“I just don’t see how he can win. He has lost his brand as a maverick; he did not live up to his pledge to fight a clean campaign.” 

According to Yale Daily NewsShays laid much of the blame on the far right, which, he said, has “hijacked” the Republican Party, threatening to walk out if its demand are not met — despite being in the minority.

Backing up that notion is key Reagan Administration contributor to the formulation of the Reagan Doctrine, Francis Fukuyama. Fukuyama is considered one of the major contributors and defenders of the rise of Neoconservatism. Today, Fukuyama endorsed Barack Obama in American Conservative Magazine:

Francis Fukuyama

I’m voting for Barack Obama this November for a very simple reason. It is hard to imagine a more disastrous presidency than that of George W. Bush. It was bad enough that he launched an unnecessary war and undermined the standing of the United States throughout the world in his first term. But in the waning days of his administration, he is presiding over a collapse of the American financial system and broader economy that will have consequences for years to come. As a general rule, democracies don’t work well if voters do not hold political parties accountable for failure. While John McCain is trying desperately to pretend that he never had anything to do with the Republican Party, I think it would a travesty to reward the Republicans for failure on such a grand scale.

McCain’s appeal was always that he could think for himself, but as the campaign has progressed, he has seemed simply erratic and hotheaded. His choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate was highly irresponsible; we have suffered under the current president who entered office without much knowledge of the world and was easily captured by the wrong advisers. McCain’s lurching from Reaganite free- marketer to populist tribune makes one wonder whether he has any underlying principles at all.

America has been living in a dream world for the past few years, losing its basic values of thrift and prudence and living far beyond its means, even as it has lectured the rest of the world to follow its model. At a time when the U.S. government has just nationalized a good part of the banking sector, we need to rethink a lot of the Reaganite verities of the past generation regarding taxes and regulation. Important as they were back in the 1980s and ’90s, they just won’t cut it for the period we are now entering. Obama is much better positioned to reinvent the American model and will certainly present a very different and more positive face of America to the rest of the world. 

Meanwhile, 13 year old Elizabeth Conway of New Hampshire has managed to interview both Barack Obama– for what she termed an “awesome sit-down interview”– as well as John McCain for Scholastic News. When asked whom she liked best, Conway responded:

“It was exciting to meet Obama and McCain, though I interviewed McCain so many times he starts to notice my red shirt, because I have a uniform, and says ‘I’ve answered her questions before.’ It’s almost like he’s a little grumpy with me now.”

Okay, so she’s no Fukuyama, but hey, she’s 13 and got a one-on-one interview with Obama! That’s pretty cool… And speaking of one-on-one interviews with Obama, you can watch a piece of Jon Stewart’s one-on-one with the man himself right HERE.

Win Some, Lose Some: McCain Alienates While Obama Charms

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