2108 is the Magic Number
If Barack Obama must contend with the Rev. Wright controversy for the foreseeable future, then for John McCain it is his 100 years comments on American troop presence in Iraq that will surely follow him into the general election. As McCain’s reaction in Denver today underscores, Democrats are framing his original remarks quite effectively, in a way that is clearly getting under his skin. Tomorrow, it will be exactly four months since McCain made those off-the-cuff comments in Derry, New Hampshire, and I don’t anticipate that his Democratic opponents will stop using the words against him anytime soon. Just as voters must assess the significance of Obama and Wright for the future of presidential governance, it remains for them to decide if McCain’s remarks have been misinterpreted and whether Democrats, in endlessly replaying them, are unfairly characterizing his overarching vision for Iraq.


Posted On: 05-09-2008 11:11:24 by Dean
John McCain's comments fall squarely within the conservative tradition of arguing that judges (particularly those appointed by Democrats) have taken to circumventing the legislative process (and the checks and balances system), by using judicial rulings to make policy and to pursue liberal political objectives from the bench. McCain is no doubt interested in shoring up the conservative base of the Republican Party, and judicial appointments will be a central component of this strategy. We will certainly hear a lot more about this issue on the campaign trail in the general election.

Posted On: 05-07-2008 14:54:33 by Sarah
Speaking of ludicrous comments that McCain has made, what do you think about this comment that McCain made yesterday in a speech about checks and balances: "[It] is the common and systematic abuse of our federal courts by the people we entrust with judicial power. For decades now, some federal judges have taken it upon themselves to pronounce and rule on matters that were never intended to be heard in courts or decided by judges. With a presumption that would have amazed the framers of our Constitution, and legal reasoning that would have mystified them, federal judges today issue rulings and opinions on policy questions that should be decided democratically. Assured of lifetime tenures, these judges show little regard for the authority of the president, the Congress, and the states. They display even less interest in the will of the people."

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