Republicans claim to love the military, but they aren’t crazy about people who actually served. The GOP’s most prominent outcasts include vets Colin Powell and Chuck Hagel. And of course, despite some regrettable groveling, there’s John McCain.
Most Republicans hate him. I can’t figure out why. Surely McCain-Feingold isn’t reason enough. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t follow the Hannity/Limbaugh wing of the party lockstep, speaking out against torture and Guantanamo.
Name another Republican who could run an ad like this. Hell, name another prominent Republican who ever sacrificed for their country.
Doesn’t matter. McCain’s going to lose to Napoleon (er, Giuliani), Fred Thompson (imbued with the intellectual curiosity of George W.) or Romney (who makes Bill Clinton look like Daniel Patrick Moynihan). He’s already lost to Bush, a miscalculation that will cost the GOP for decades.
The Republicans have become caricatures and they don’t seem the least bit aware. Their loss, and it’s going to be a big one.
(Note to freethinkers: you’re not wanted in the GOP.)
(Note to Republican partisans: I’ve been plenty critical of the Democrats, so spare me your outrage.)