Friday, June 3

IS JOHN MCCAIN'S FATE SEALED? LET'S HOPE SO!

Bill Fancher and Jody Brown, in a column published yesterday in the "AgapePress," quote Paul Weyrich, founder and director of the "Free Congress Foundation" and a keen Washington observer, as saying:

"I think John McCain could not stand to see Bill Frist [become] a hero to the conservative movement, which he would have been had he been able to deliver," says Weyrich. He feels the Arizona senator's hopes of someday moving into the Oval Office took over.

"To try to derail Frist's possible campaign for the presidency, McCain was willing to undercut his president, undercut his majority leader, undercut Republicans in the Senate, and undercut the country," Weyrich says matter-of-factly. "It is the kind of raw, nasty politics that most of us abhor [and] the kind of issue that is not going to be forgotten. In my opinion, this absolutely seals his fate in Republican primaries and conventions."

The authors additionally point to Grover G. Norquist, president of "Americans For Tax Reform," who essentially told "Free Republic.com" that Senator McCain (RINO-AZ) shot himself in the foot when he brokered the "compromise agreement" on the filibuster issue and that the wound may well prove fatal to McCain's presidential ambitions:

"When McCain brokered the deal to betray his Republican colleagues by negotiating a private surrender to the Democrats, he publicly declared he has no interest in the presidency," Norquist said. "No Republican could expect to win the GOP nod after betraying his party's rank and file on one of their most central concerns."
In my view, McCain, who has authored a book entitled "Why Courage Matters," likely sees himself as a selfless, heroic, Senate in-fighter, who did the right thing, and now expects between now and the next set of presidential primaries to make political hay out of his deal-brokering prowess. And even if he fails to mend fences with Republican conservatives (which he most assuredly will not), he has the Third Party candidacy option, which, while it would not land him in the White House, would cause a big stir, keep him in the limelight he's accustomed to, and upset the same applecart he upended when he opted to undercut Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and President Bush and grandstand before the American people, who for reasons I do not entirely understand (apart from his stellar military record and patriotism in Vietnam) view him favorably as a political maverick with the backbone to do the right thing. And, too, there's always the defection option, although Hillary Clinton at this juncture appears an inevitability and I don't see McCain playing second fiddle, even were he to become a Democrat, given his ego.

As I have stated previously, McCain has got to go -- out of the Senate and out of politics. In the political arena he's become the antithesis of what he was at the "Hanoi Hilton" -- a turncoat.