So much for McCain being a "Maverick" and a "Moderate."
McCain urged the Republican straw poll votes on saturday in Tennessee that would be cast for him instead go to President Bush to show support for the embattled President:
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, among the most popular Republicans in national surveys, threw a wrench in the polling Friday night by asking delegates to vote for Bush as a show of support. He finished a distant fifth.
He went on to say in an interview with Chris Matthews that backing the President on the port issue was the right thing to do! And went on to lash out against the Republicans who fought the President on that issue.
No longer can McCain say that he is an "independent" who is his own man since he has been cozing up the President over the past few years. Support which has come to a final union in this move in the Tenn. straw poll. He is thinking about himself with this move and not about the American people who a majority disapprove of. Rather he is whoring himself out to the hard-core conservative wing-nuts who dish out the money McCain needs to run.
This from the Kansas City Star:
Right now, each has something the other badly needs. Bush needs the more popular senator from Arizona to vet his controversial Iraq and national security policies, to essentially provide the president with political cover. And McCain needs to connect with the pivotal factions that spurned him six years ago - the Bush money network and the Bush-friendly conservative grass roots - to grease the skids for a strong presidential bid in 2008.
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