Good cop, bad cop

If, as I suggested earlier, the Republicans may have been too clever by a half tonight, so too was NBC. Always ready to help the Democrats, the network had John McCain lined up to take on Zell Miller. As soon as Miller finished, and while Lynne Cheney was speaking, Tom Brokaw asked McCain a series of questions designed to have him refute Miller. McCain said that he disagreed with Miller’s attacks on the patriotism of the Democrats (Miller had stated he was questioning their judgment, not their patriotism), that he would not be concerned if John Kerry becomes commander-in-chief, and indeed that Kerry was qualified for that position. On the other hand, McCain said that he thought Bush deserved to be re-elected and that questions about what Kerry said after he returned from Vietnam and about his votes on defense and security issues are legitimate.
So where does this leave us? NBC has trotted out a good (Republican) cop to take on the bad (Democratic) cop. But on the only question that really matters, whether Bush or Kerry should be elected president this year, the good cop agrees with the bad cop.
HINDROCKET adds: This is exactly why I don’t trust McCain. As I said yesterday, I don’t trust him, not as a soldier or as a man, but as a Republican. I believe it was in John Barth’s wonderful book The Sot-Weed Factor where Henry Burlingame points out that you can trust anyone, but the question is, with what? Burlingame uses the example of a ship’s captain, whom you may trust with your life, but not with your wife. Likewise, I might trust McCain with my life, but not with my party.
DEACON responds: I don’t trust McCain to put our party ahead of his principles either. In fact, I trust him not to.

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