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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

McCain (D-AZ)?

Blumenthal Claims Inside Knowledge That McCain Flirted With Leaving GOP
Could John McCain have been the Independent or Democratic senator from Arizona?

Though that sounds awkward, especially in the midst of a presidential race with McCain as the GOP’s nominee, but one Washington insider claimed McCain considered abandoning the Republican Party.

According to Sidney Blumenthal, a senior adviser for former President Bill Clinton and current adviser to Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, at one point McCain was going to leave the Republican Party and caucus with Senate Democrats.

"And although he doesn’t want to talk to reporters about it now, there was a time and I was privy to some of those who were involved, did conduct negotiations through third parties about whether or not he would leave the Republican Party and become an independent more or less aligned in the Senate with the Democrats," said Blumenthal on April 1. Blumenthal did not say when those negotiations took place. [...]

"I think Republicans as a whole – even though they’re suspicious, many of them of McCain and have been angry at him in the past – are much more disciplined as party members than Democrats are,” Blumenthal said. “There’s the famous saying of Will Rogers, ‘I’m not a member of an organized political party – I’m a Democrat.’ So, I think Republicans will rally behind their candidate to a greater degree than people will recognize right now."

Blumenthal even supplied advice for McCain.

"So I do not think this will hurt him and if I were advising McCain right now, I would say he’s slightly overreacting to his conservative base," McCain said. "I don’t think he needs to do that so much. I think they don’t have any choice right now."
No choice? That about sums it up. Of course I interpret it to mean it doesn't really matter who wins in November, the country is screwed for a least four years.


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