Remember that Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry asked this guy seven times to be his vice-presidential candidate. After this, there's only two words to describe Kerry: damned pathetic.
President Bush and Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) put aside their animosity Friday and hugged onstage at a rally for 6,000 troops, ending any hopes of some Democrats that the maverick Republican would form a cross-party ticket with John F. Kerry (D-Mass). . . .This is Bush's first -- and a big -- step toward trying to repair relations with the national security state. Considering the Plame affair as well as Abu Ghraib plus constantly screwing the CIA, Bush has a long way to go. But this is a bold, bold move. And did you really expect anything different from McCain? If you did, shame on you.
Bush has a strict rule that his introductions last only one minute. McCain went on for eight, but no one from the White House was complaining. "The man I introduce to you today understands all this and understands it very, very well," McCain said. "He heard the call to action on that terrible morning in September and summoned the rest of us to this long and difficult task. He has led this country with moral clarity about the stakes involved and with firm resolve to achieve unconditional victory."
Noting "ups and downs, as there are in any war" and never saying Bush's name, McCain called it "a great privilege to introduce to you your commander in chief." . . .
McCain also introduced Bush several hours later at a rally in Reno, Nev., a state that Bush won in 2000 but will have to fight for this time because he endorsed a plan to located a nuclear dump there.
"Both candidates in this race are honored to be the friend of John McCain," Bush said at the rally. "Only one of us gets his vote And I am proud that it is me."
I bet Denny Hastert remembers who McCain is now.