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Massachusetts Liberal

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I'm gonna hold my breath...

John McCain may be putting the age issue to rest this week. His behavior is something like a petulant child upset because a classmate got a better piece of candy.

McCain was in New England to obtain the only Bush endorsement that won't make him squirm like a schoolboy. Chauffeured around by Bush 41 while Barack Obama makes a grand tour of Iraq and Afghanistan, Johnnie Mac and his friends were cranky:
“It is what it is,” Mr. McCain said with a hint of exasperation at the side of the first President Bush, who acknowledged that he, for one, was “a little jealous” of all the commotion over Mr. Obama’s trip this week to Europe and the Middle East.
Apparently McCain forgot about the attention he received touring a "safe" marketplace in Baghdad -- with an armed-to-the-teeth escort.

McCain's playmates were less restrained:
“There is nothing you can do about it,” said an acerbic Mark Salter, one of Mr. McCain’s closest advisers, while standing at the back of a modest crowd assembled to hear Mr. McCain speak at a picnic in South Portland, Me. “ ‘The One’ went to Europe and homage must be paid.”
The sight of Obama on an overseas tour alone (rejecting McCain's suggestion that they travel together), trailed by Brian, Charlie and Katie has to be galling. So much so that the man who regales reporters on the Straight Talk Express is claiming the media likes Barack best.

(Just curious, did he miss the New Yorker cover?)

But what has to gall McCain even more is the fact that even our so-called allies are turning on him. How credible is McCain's insistence on staying until we "win" when Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki endorses the concept of Obama's 16-month timetable for withdrawal and even the Pouter-in-Chief is now willing to consider a "time horizon."

Not to mention the fact he won't define what "win" means.

No wonder he's riding around in golf carts with 41.

Can Myth come out and play?

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