Republicans Throw McCain Under The Bus

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[Black Star News Editorial]

In an editorial titled ‘McCain’s Scapegoat,’ The Wall Street Journal, America’s bastion of capitalist boosterism, today excoriated Senator John McCain and declared ‘He’ll never beat Mr. Obama by running as an angry populist like Al Gore, circa 2000.’

The main reason for the Journal’s attack on McCain was his call yesterday for the ouster of Christopher Cox, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. McCain had said, of Cox, ‘If I were President today, I would fire him.’

McCain was sending a strong message to President George Bush. Our bet is that the Bush White House won’t listen to McCain; based on recent history.

 McCain earlier denounced candidate Barack Obama for advocating negotiating with countries such as North Korea, Iran and Angola, as a naive inexperienced man; President Bush promptly did the opposite of what McCain preached.

Talks between Bush officials and North Koreans yielded some results and Pyongyang actually agreed to dismantle its nuclear program in return for financial rewards; there are now questions about the agreement’s viability due to Kin Jong Il’s questionable health.

Bush also sent U.S. officials to meet their Iranian counterparts in Geneva, a few weeks ago. And, until last week’s flare-up, relations between the U.S. and Venezuela were improving.

Earlier this week, McCain declared that he would not bail out American International Group (AIG); Bush ordered the nationalization of AIG the very next day, with the US pumping $85 billion into the company.

McCain advocated a U.S. presence in Iraq for 100 years; Bush concluded a deal with Baghdad to pull out beginning in two years time.

Now with McCain calling for the firing of Cox, and blaming him personally for the economic meltdown, we can expect Cox to serve out his term in office. The Wall Street Journal has now joined in denouncing McCain’s demand that Cox be ousted. The Journal said, ‘this highly personal attack assault on Mr. Cox is both false and deeply unfair. It’s also un-presidential.’

Earlier this week, Senator Chuck Hegel, a top Republican, scolded McCain for picking an eminently unqualified candidate as his VP running mate.

The writing is clear on the wall.

President Bush, the nominal leader of the Republican party, and the people who run The Wall Street Journal, the bible of capital, have concluded that there is only one candidate that can protect the national political and economic interest—that candidate is Senator Obama.


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