Friday, August 15, 2008

Young Elvis or Fat Elvis?

A couple of days ago, I suggested that John McCain was using the Georgia Russia conflict to try to invoke a resumption of the Cold War, in the hope that this would make people yearn for the return of an old president (i.e.: Ronald Reagan).

While discussing his decision, unprecedented for a presidential candidate, to send Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman as his emissaries to a war zone, McCain seemed to confirm my guess, while showing that he doesn’t do “subtle.”
Asked about his tough rhetoric on the ongoing conflict in Georgia, McCain began: "If I may be so bold, there was another president . . ."

He caught himself and started again: "At one time, there was a president named Ronald Reagan who spoke very strongly about America's advocacy for democracy and freedom."
So McCain obviously wants us to think he’s the new Reagan, prepared to fight the new Cold War.

Of course, I’m also guessing that he wants to be seen as Charming Reagan; but with his frequent gaffes, the American people are more likely to worry that his election would be the equivalent of starting a presidential term with Senile Reagan!

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