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The Tally Ho

Thursday, March 23, 2006

McCain continues to fall & More Kevin Phillips

Once positioning himself as the Maverick anti-GOP establishment candidate... this is him now, via Josh Marshall. Remember a few weeks ago during a straw poll asking GOP activists to vote for President Bush instead of the other GOP candidates even though he can't run for a third term? Anyway, watch Bill Maher's commentary on McCain during his New Rules segment.

I really try not to repost everything I read from TMP or TMP Cafe, but when they have guest bloggers such as Kevin Phillips, it is hard not to. He writes
This true-believer endgame has been accelerating for many decades, especially since the creation of Israel satisfied the biblical prophecy of the Jewish return to Palestine. As we will see shortly, the growth during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s in the numbers of Protestant fundamentalists, evangelicals, and Pentecostals was explosive. Many became Republicans and helped to give the GOP an increasingly religious coloration. Although the stunning sales of the Left Behind series grabbed most of the cultural attention, other books and videos during the late nineties descrived how Saddam Hussein was rebuilding Babylon, the citadel of evil. Still others pondered whether the antichrist was already alive and who he might be. (Saddam himself was a frequent choice.) Nearly one-quarter of Americans polled in 2002 even believed that the Bible had predicted the events of September 11, 2001! While these beliefs were surely a factor in Republican invasion planning, they are difficult for politicians to acknowledge—and they are especially tricky to discuss publicly, so they are instead quietly promoted in clandestine briefings or loosely signaled by phrases and citations that reassure the attentive faithful.


  • The New Rules commentary by Maher was, as usual, biting. And he made a great point about the dumbing-down of candidates for the sake of each fanatic wing of each political party.

    By Blogger Stockton & Tweed, at 2:49 PM  

  • The thing with McCain is that in 2000 I would have voted for him in the primary against Bush - now though, I wouldn't even consider it. Even in the beginning of the Bush Admin. he was a bit on the outside - he became the guy BushCo brings out when they need "moderate" or "independent" voters to support their failed efforts on Iraq and whatever else. The hiring of Nelson - that kind of says it all. He will never win the primary, neither will Rudy, but he seems to have positioned himself as the center of the party.

    By Blogger Wells, at 4:04 PM  

  • I agree that McCain will not win (Guilliani is a joke for the Republican nomination). McCain figured out what he has to do to win the nominatin, which is to appease the religious nuts. I suspect George Allen will be the nominee - the smarter, more experienced version of W. Allen would have the same sort of appeal. He is a bone fide anti-tax zealot, and is religious enough to have sufficient support from the right wing. He also looks like he's high all the time.

    By Blogger Stockton & Tweed, at 11:06 AM  

  • Does Jim Webb even have a chance? Does it even matter? I bet Mark Warner would win Virginia anyway. The good news is that the the GOP has to run a Senator, and sitting members of Congress have not won since JFK. In that regard an Allen victory woudl be historic - from that standpoint but also in regards to the same party keeping power despite an unpopular face of the party.

    I think the only way the Democrats win will be with Warner-Obama and Clark being visible as well. Hillary would be a disaster, and while I really like Feingold, I can't see him making it through the primary much less a general.

    I also think Romney has no chance.

    By Blogger Wells, at 11:45 AM  

  • Webb probably does not have a chance to beat (John) Warner.

    Mark Warner's problem is that he is not a great campaigner - he's a great candidate on paper, and he does the job on the campaign trail, but there is not much inspiring about him. He will not electrify the base.

    I think Hilary is electable, but I don't want to see her as the candidate. Her victory, if she pulled it off, would mean another four years of bitter partisanship, whereas Warner could really be a unifying force in the country.

    Time will tell.

    By Blogger Stockton & Tweed, at 9:43 PM  

  • Its not John Warner that is up in '06 - its George Allen!

    I agree about Hillary. I don't think she will expand the Democratic Party as president.

    By Blogger Wells, at 11:15 PM  

  • Sorry, Webb doesn't have too much of a chance against Allen, who has the one advantage of always looking like he's high.


    By Blogger Stockton & Tweed, at 7:23 AM  

  • So Tweed, do you have a theory on the highness of George Allen?

    I was flipped a few weeks ago and Chris Matthews was talking to him -and I couldnt' believe that he was a serious candidate... then I figured that why he will be the nominee.

    By Blogger Wells, at 10:05 AM  

  • I don't have a theory about George Allen's highness; although I find it refreshing to see a politician so dedicated to the gahnja. If you look close enough, I think you will notice that his tie is made of hemp.

    Actually, I think he might be able to get some granola swing voters if he would just wear some sandals and a baja.

    By Blogger Stockton & Tweed, at 3:10 PM  

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