Saturday, May 17, 2008

Pushmi - Pullyu

As this week comes to a close, it's worth noting that John McCain intended to spend it trying to claim to the mantle of bipartisanship for himself. As McCain said on the morning of President Bush's Knesset speech:

"I'm not interested in partisanship that serves no other purpose than to gain a temporary advantage over our opponents. This mindless, paralyzing rancor must come to an end,"

And on the same day, you have the President launching partisan attacks on the floor of a foreign legislature, and White House aides making leaks like this one to Ed Henry:

"While the president didn't name names, administration officials are privately acknowledging this was a shot at Barack Obama and other Democrats."

I think that highlights what a strange moment the Republican party is in right now. The Republican president feels comfortable stepping on the Republican nominee's message and dragging him in a far more partisan direction. And the Republican nominee ends up following that path:

'It would be a wonderful thing if we lived in a world where we don't have enemies. But that's not the world we live in. And until Sen. Obama understands that reality, the American people have every reason to doubt whether he has the strength, judgment and determination to keep us safe,'' McCain said in a speech to the National Rifle Association in Louisville, Ky.

Lord, give me chastity and bipartisanship, but not yet.

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