Will Democrats ‘Daisy’ McCain?

Aug 17, 2008 1:35pm

The New York Times today takes a look at Sen. John McCain’s instincts when it comes to war.

The notion that McCain, R-Ariz., is bellicose and too eager to take the U.S. to war in Iraq, Iran, Georgia, North Korea, and elsewhere, is one we will likely see Democrats pushing in the coming weeks.

The Times story has a few interesting anecdotes that Democrats will no doubt use in an attack portraying McCain as too eager to attack.

Some show McCain as among those leading the charge to segue from attacking Afghanistan to attacking Iraq. On Jan. 2, 2002, he yelled to sailors and airmen on the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Sea, "Next up, Baghdad!"

And while McCain later came to criticize the Bush team, he early on told CNN he would have named Donald Rumsfeld to his cabinet and would also have offered Dick Cheney the vice presidency.

Team McCain has been trying to portray Obama as weak on national security, a la Adlai Stevenson, Mike Dukakis and John Kerry. We’ll see if the Democrats have any success in making McCain seem too eager to go to war, a la his fellow Arizonan Barry Goldwater, whose alleged desire to start World War III was so notoriously depicted in the famous "Daisy" TV ad.

- jpt

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