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March 10, 2004
John McCain: Smoking the Drapes?

What in the world is John McCain thinking?

"John Kerry (news - web sites) is a close friend of mine. We have been friends for years," McCain said Wednesday when pressed to squelch speculation about a Kerry-McCain ticket. "Obviously I would entertain it."

But McCain emphasized how unlikely the whole idea was.

"It's impossible to imagine the Democratic Party seeking a pro-life, free-trading, non-protectionist, deficit hawk," the Arizona senator told ABC's "Good Morning America" during an interview about illegal steroid use. "They'd have to be taking some steroids, I think, in order to let that happen."

Senator McCain must be taking something himself to even start such a rumor. I supported McCain in 2000, but now I'm wondering if he's in full command of his faculties. If he wants to be considered for the Democratic presidential ticket, I would assume the first step would be to change party affiliation. Even John Edwards knows enough to say "No" when asked that question.

Perhaps Senator Bill Frist needs to have a chat with the loose cannon from Arizona, and President Bush should scratch McCain off of his list of allies on this year's campaign trail. Given the history of John Kerry, McCain has already dropped off of my list of favored politicians. (via Drudge)

UPDATE: Lt. Smash is a bit more sanguine about this, predicting it would disrupt Kerry's campaign too badly to work. Just the mention of it makes the President vulnerable, I think. What does McCain want -- a bit of revenge for 2000? Because this only makes sense if McCain intended to make Bush look like a radical or a fool.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 10, 2004 1:15 PM

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