Wednesday, July 16, 2008

What About the 28%?

From TPM:

"I think the American people have had enough of inflexibility and stubbornness in national security policy," Scheunemann said. When asked later by the Huffington Post's Sam Stein whether the campaign was disparaging President Bush, Scheunemann dug in: "We cannot afford to replace one administration that refused for too long to acknowledge failure in Iraq with a candidate that refuses to acknowledge success in Iraq."
I like the phrase, "When asked...whether the campaign was disparaging President Bush..." That has to be risky territory for the Republican nominee. Especially since there's still plenty of people who think Bush is doing a good job. 28% is a low figure for approval, I know, but it's still a little over every fourth person you see. (What I can't figure out is why you don't see these people running into walls and tripping over curbs more often, but that's beside the point.)

Can you (McCain) make a good case to your own voters that the guy they voted for twice and still think is doing a good job sucks? That his administration is crap and has been crap all along? And that you have supported him 99-100% of the time even though you thought he was crap?

That has to constitute a flip-flip, no? Like a flip-flop spanning eight years, a super mega gigantic jumbo flip-flop. You've supported someone for eight years right down the line and now you say he's been crap all along.

And I believe McCain is on record saying he voted for Bush both times. (Even though the first time is disputed by others.)

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