John McCain – Prisoner of W
The presidential campaigns of John McCain can be defined by the statement – Prisoner of W
1) Prisoner of George W. Bush
In 2000 and 2008, John McCain has been dealt a severe blow by George W. Bush. In 2000, W sunk McCain’s chances for the nomination in South Carolina. In 2008, the administration of W handed McCain an uneven playing deck that McCain has not been able to overcome.
2) Prisoner of Wasilla
In his pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate, John McCain became a prisoner of the right wing ideological segment of the Republican Party. The campaign, and its tactics, are being directed by the number two candidate on the national ticket. John McCain has become invisible and irrelevant in his own campaign. The final nail in McCain’s coffin will be when the Palin-led campaign re-introduces the Jeremiah Wright story.
3) Prisoner of War
John McCain’s experience in a P.O.W. camp is a study in courage and devotion to his country. Unfortunately, it also has defined his worldview. As Governor Palin has said numerous times, “John McCain is the only person in this race that has fought for us.” The only problem is that John McCain is still fighting battles that are no longer necessary in the 21st century. Our foreign policy should not be an “us v. them” scenario. We should work to find common ground with our allies and our adversaries. Obama’s unique heritage will be helpful in displaying a new direction in foreign policy, especially in dealing with the Middle East.
“This is the time for outreach,” Colin Powell said, saying the next president would have to “reach out and show the world there is a new administration that is willing to reach out.” In particular, he said, he welcomed Obama’s president to “talk to people we haven’t talked to.”
On October 21st, 2008 – John McCain is still a Prisoner of W… he has got two weeks to find a way out of captivity to become the next resident of the big W – The White House.