Seventy-Year-Old Arizona senator, John McCain, has formally announced that he will once again run for President in 2008. This surprising announcement was enhanced by the news that McCain, who has been a strong backer of the president would be running on an Anti-Bush platform. This seems to be a definite shift from his stand just last month when  at a Des Moines dinner Senator McCain was the only Republican hopeful who went out of his way to embrace President Bush by stating, “There’s only one commander in chief of the United States, and that’s George W. Bush.” I support him, and I believe in him.”

To this reviewer it would then seem that McCain only changed his rhetoric to regain the support of Independents and Moderates who are fed up with the current administration when during his kick off campaign he listed Bush’s failures as President citing among others the handling of the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina and federal spending. However, this apparent shift in support for the president, actually mirrors the arc of the relationship between Bush and McCain, who have danced a fine line between alliance and rivalry for eight years, making McCain’s challenge of the next year being how to reconcile those differences. However, it would appear, according to Ron Kaufman, a former aide to George H.W. Bush that no matter how McCain tries to justify the eight years he spent sucking up to the White House it has turned out to be a negative for him in his quest for the Presidency. In response to critics, like myself, who challenge his integrity regarding the issues the official response is that Bush and McCain have laid aside any personal animosities and today respect each while disagreeing on key issues.

A former Bush aide, on the other hand, recalled a string of McCain provocations, then caught himself stating, “doesn’t it sound like the wounds are pretty fresh for someone who said it’s ‘Let bygones be bygones ?” But, then on the other side, a former McCain aide said “much of the hate is over,” but added: “The White House staff is arrogant believing that if you don’t support their agenda then you’re against them.  

While that attitude did not stop McCain from, at times, being a thorn in Bush’s side such as when the senator forged a bipartisan compromise on Bush’s judicial selections that irked the White House, and led a rebellion against the president on detention and interrogation policies for terrorism suspects. But as he geared up for his second presidential campaign, McCain recruited Bush operatives and became the strongest advocate of sending more troops to
Iraq.

Given that how does the voter know which side of the coin McCain will see if and when he comes into power. I for one know that the flip flopping of Senator McCain has guaranteed that he will not get my vote. Instead I will support a candidate that stands true to his word and beliefs, such as John Edwards who is currently running for the Democratic ticket with the full support of his wife Elizabeth who stands bravely at his side as she continues to fight cancer.

[tags]Bush, John McCain, Presidential hopeful, John Edwards, War in Iraq, federal spending, 2008 Presidential Campaign, anti-Bush platform[/tags]