Jewish World Review Sept. 26, 2002 / 20 Tishrei, 5763
Once again John McCain is reminding us how lucky we are that the Straight Talk Express drove off the cliff after the Michigan primary in 2000.
With control of the House of Representatives hanging in the balance, the GOP needs all the help it can get from Republicans in both chambers, but as usual that doesn't include John McCain. Please, he's too busy undermining the conservative cause instead of promoting it.
First, he talked down the Republican chances in November, telling The Washington Post that it's "very, very likely" the Republicans could lose control of the House this fall. (Always helpful in a "get out the vote" drives.)
Then he hugged the stage with House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) to demand a vote on a costly prescription drug benefit to seniors. McCain blamed Republicans' ties to big drug companies for delaying a vote on legislation.
Some House Republicans worry that the bill, which would push seniors to generic drugs, would undermine companies' patent rights and are advocating other ways to assist seniors.
But that's not good enough for McPain who told the Post that he's sensing a growing nationwide "frustration among voters" with the House GOP--specifically its "refusal to adequately address corporate corruption and greed" along with increasing drug prices.
And one final jab--he predicted they'll pay at the polls come November.
Reaching new heights of pomposity, McPain says he'll scale back on fundraising for Republicans. Instead, he plans to coordinate the few he does with his national tour to promote his new book, a political memoir. (Glad he has his priorities straight.)
In the book, "Worth the Fighting
For," he signals that he could retire soon. Let's just hope that when he
does retire, it won't be a short-lived as the retirement of woman who is
increasingly his political compatriot--Barbra Streisand.
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