Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Today's Big Tool

John McCain!

Link #1:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - President Bush and Sen. John McCain put on another showing Tuesday of their good-cop, bad-cop routine on Social Security, trying to prod Democrats into cooperating with rather than opposing the president's drive to create private accounts within the system.

I guess this writer hasn't heard...they're personal accounts, not private accounts! (-snicker-)

McCain, after speaking glowingly of ``the pride I feel in this president,'' had a less conciliatory message for Democrats in Congress, whom he accused of being obstructionist and shortsighted. (emphasis mine)

"Some of our friends who are opposing this idea say, `Oh, you don't have to worry until 2042.' We wait until 2042 when we stop paying people Social Security? That's not what this is all about,'' he said. ``Please urge our Democrat friends to come to the table and sit with us and do this for the greater good of the United States of America. ... This issue isn't shouldn't have anything to do with partisan politics.''

He also aimed some of his "straight talk'' at AARP, the powerful lobby for older citizens that opposes Bush's plan to allow younger workers to divert a portion of their Social Security payroll taxes into personal accounts that could be invested in the stock market in trade for reduced guaranteed benefits.

Does this guy's fawning not make you want to vomit? Especially after all the nasty stuff Bush did to him back in 2000?

Link #2:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Sen. John McCain said Tuesday the conclusions of a commission investigating intelligence failures on weapons of mass destruction should not lead to new questions about whether the Iraq war was justified.

"America, the world and Iraq is better off for what we did in bringing democracy," McCain said.

The Arizona Republican is a member of a commission formed by President Bush over a year ago after the chief weapons inspector in Iraq, David Kay, resigned saying "we were almost all wrong" about the pre-war estimates that Saddam Hussein possessed banned weapons.

The nine-member panel is to release a final report at the end of the month that is expected to take a critical look at the assessments of weapons programs, particularly in Iraq, Iran and North Korea, by the 15 agencies that comprise the U.S. intelligence community.

McCain, in appearances with Bush at Social Security events in the West the past two days, has been offering a glowing endorsement of the president's second-term push for democracy around the globe. In two states Monday and here on Tuesday, he ticked off changes in Afghanistan, Ukraine, the Middle East and Iraq as proof that Bush "is on the right side of history" and deserves credit for advancing freedom throughout the world.
(emphasis mine)

Ugh. Never forget - McCain may not be a fundie, but ever the good soldier, he tows the party line every time.