Uh-oh. Talk of a "national unity government" under the banner of Kerry-McCain is now worthy enough to be awarded 750 words in the Washington Post today.
This is an election in which both sides need to give up things that matter to them, for the sake of a country that matters more.This sounds frighteningly like the talk surrounding New York City Mayor Rudy Guliani in Fall 2001 when the guy was floating the idea of extending his term in order to "unite the city" in the wake of 9/11. Thankfully that extra-constitutional power grab was ruled out of line, and NYC survived just fine thank you very much without Guliani. When we have people running around barking mad about how these are not "normal times" and regular politics needs to be suspended, I get real uneasy. Does David Ignatius really think the US is facing a 1958 moment a la France, and McCain is an American De Gaulle needed to finish off the Fourth Republic for the good of the nation?
In normal times, people would accept McCain's response to joining Kerry: "I have totally ruled it out." But these aren't normal times, and McCain's response is unworthy. Simply put, the country needs him. The logic of a Kerry-McCain ticket isn't to win an election but to provide leadership for a divided country at war.
How about this for an alternative? Throw every neocon into the Potomac and start planning now on how to get the hell out of Iraq!