Quit Saying That!
Before Kerry chose Edwards (and again, thank God he didn't pick Gephardt), I grew mightily sick and tired of all the people I heard hoping he'd pick, of all people, John McCain. Even if McCain weren't downright conservative, such an admission that a Republican was needed on the Democratic presidential ticket would have been suicidial idiocy.
But that time is past. Now, I am sick and tired of the repeated assertion that Kerry actively sought to woo McCain in the first place. Maybe it happened. I don't know. But there is absolutely no evidence that it is the case. None!
So quit saying it
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, once courted by Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry, is emerging as a major force in the re-election campaign of President Bush, who vanquished McCain in the 2000 Republican primary.
McCain, a former Navy pilot and Vietnam prisoner of war, has also called on the White House, to little avail, to condemn a television advertisement that sought to tarnish Kerry's military service record in Vietnam.
But McCain showed his Republican loyalty by resisting what those close to McCain said were feelers by Kerry to be the Democrat's vice presidential running mate.
So, the story is about how McCain is becoming a major force in Bush's
campaign, and the only evidence the journalist provides for his straight-out
assertion that Kerry courted McCain is what is said by "those close to
Did I say "journalist"? I meant "stenographer."