Rolling Stone On “No Surrender” October 5, 2007Posted by fitsnews in 2008 Presidential Primaries.
MUSIC MAG OFFERS BLUNT ASSESSMENT OF JOHN McCAIN’S PRESIDENTIAL PROSPECTS
FITSNews – October 5, 2007 – Geez … how long has it been since we wrote an article about John McCain? You’d have thought that at this stage of the 2008 presidential campaign, the Arizona Senator would be a daily fixture on political websites like this one. Of course, the fact that he hasn’t been only underscores the main idea of this remarkably-incisive Rolling Stone article by journalist Matt Taibbi. An odd mix of praise, pity and predictible left-leaning derision, Taibbi’s article (set in South Carolina) eloquently echoes a point we made back in March regarding the “anchor” of McCain’s candidacy – his unwavering support for the War in Iraq:
The cruelest irony of the McCain campaign is that had Bush not invaded Iraq, we might be looking at the runaway favorite for the presidency. McCain always made more sense as a “centrist” candidate, acceptable to Republicans and at least somewhat tolerable (by comparison to other Republicans) to some Democrats; in peacetime he would have blown away the likes of Romney and Giuliani on stature and credentials alone, and the main event with Hillary probably would have been a cakewalk.
We interviewed McCain back in April aboard the Straight Talk Express, and of all the presidential candidates we’ve spoken with thusfar, he was easily the most unfiltered, unrehearsed and unapologetic. Truth be told, he was also the guy we’d probably trust first with the car keys of a country struggling to navigate its way through a difficult and dangerous new millennium. Unfortunately, that combination of candor and gravitas didn’t produce the money, momentum or resonating message McCain needed to survive the Giuliani and Thompson onslaughts. Which is too bad, because reading the first couple paragraphs of Taibbi’s article we were reminded of what a great President he probably would’ve been.