Is he crazy, or just crazy like a fox? McCain’s talking to the Georgian president several times a day and he’s sending his own diplomatic core (Senators Graham and Lieberman).
Standing behind a lectern in Michigan this week, with two trusted senators ready to do his bidding, John McCain seemed to forget for a moment that he was only running for president.
Asked about his tough rhetoric on the ongoing conflict in Georgia, McCain began: “If I may be so bold, there was another president . . .”
He caught himself and started again: “At one time, there was a president named Ronald Reagan who spoke very strongly about America’s advocacy for democracy and freedom.”
McCain just called himself president people! And McCain’s campaign officially endorses statements suggested that Obama puts his candidacy before his country. Is anyone paying attention? Is McCain telling the Georgian president something different that the Bush Administration? It certainly seems like it and that means he’s interfering with U.S. foreign policy:
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili says he talks to McCain, a personal friend, several times a day. McCain’s top foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, was until recently a paid lobbyist for Georgia’s government. McCain also announced this week that two of his closest allies, Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), would travel to Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi on his behalf, after a similar journey by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
The extent of McCain’s involvement in the military conflict in Georgia appears remarkable among presidential candidates, who traditionally have kept some distance from unfolding crises out of deference to whoever is occupying the White House. The episode also follows months of sustained GOP criticism of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, who was accused of acting too presidential for, among other things, briefly adopting a campaign seal and taking a trip abroad that included a huge rally in Berlin.
Another thing I’m noticing–Lieberman is totally becoming McCain’s super bitch. It’s clear that it’s Lieberman’s job to do the official smearing of Obama so McCain has a plausible denial strategy. I expect to hear more statements of implied treason from Lieberman in the months to come as well as a VP announcement. The RNC is going to be positively bursting with non-partisan rhetoric. Fun.
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