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Re: Establishment Candidates May Rally

By on 8.24.10 | 10:24AM

I take strong, strong, strong, STRONG exception to Jim Antle's statement here: "A lot of criticisms can be made of McCain, but the way he's run this race isn't one of them." Now maybe you can say that McCain ran an effective campaign. But you can't say that his campaign merits no criticism. Instead, he has run an utterly scorched-earth, cheap-shot, vicious race against J.D. Hayworth. If he had done the same thing against Obama, the establishment media would have had not just a cow but a cow, three ducks, five alligators and 5,000 massive conniption fits. Plus, he probably would have won and spared us this horrible presidency we are now enduring. (Frankly, I think he could have won if he had ran a tough, tough campaign withOUT being vicious or doing cheap shots against Obama -- but I digress.) Yes, there is no love lost between Hayworth and McCain, but that doesn't excuse ads so vicious and dishonest as to be dishonorable. Those are the sorts of ads John McCain has run. It looked like he took all of his outrageous F-word bile that he usually aims at his poor wife and instead channeled it into the ads against Hayworthy. John McCain was right about the surge, and he usually is right on defense issues, and he is right on pork, and he endured torture in captivity with heroism -- but aside from that, he is a thoroughly unpleasant, bullying, nasty little piece of work.

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