Against McCain—then and now
When I posted an entry about John McCain last night, I tried a couple of different titles before I came up with this: “The McCain candidacy reveals the essence of Bushism.” After I had posted it, I realized to my surprise that it was similar to the title of my article, “McCain: A Dangerous Man Reflecting the Triumph of Clintonism,” which was published at NewsMax exactly eight years ago—not in calendar terms, but in presidential campaign terms, on March 6, 2000, the day before Super Tuesday in that year’s presidential campaign (it also happened to be the first article I published on the Web).
In the earlier article I said that McCain was a symbol of patriotic virtue by which Americans could imagine that they had cleansed themselves of the stain of Clintonism, without actually having done anything to cleanse themselves:
For the non-judgmental centrists and outright Clinton defenders who comprise the American majority, McCain is the heaven-sent solution to their Clinton problem.Thus, in 2000, as I saw it, McCain was being presented as the symbol of honor and virtue, when in reality he was the seal of approval on Clintonian non-judgmentalism, and (as I pointed out in that same article) of the accompanying political correctness.
Something similar is happening in 2008. McCain is being presented as the symbol of national honor, strength, and freedom, when in reality what he stands for is endless, profitless imperial adventures abroad, eager surrender to the Third-World invasion at home, and the attempt to bully and silence anyone who disagrees with him.