Letter published in the
June 5, 2008 edition of The Baltimore Sun
Douglas MacKinnon did his very best as a partisan of Sen. John McCain to spin the Republican's prospects for an electoral victory over Sen. Barack Obama in November. But he missed the mark ("Tying McCain to Bush," Commentary, June 2).
He argued that while President Bill Clinton's efforts in 1996 to tie Bob Dole to the unpopular Newt Gingrich were successful, the effort by Mr. Obama to link Mr. McCain to President Bush will fail.
I don't see why that should be the case.
In most major areas involving the economy and foreign policy, Mr. McCain is in lock step with the Bush administration, and a win for Mr. McCain would clearly represent, in effect, a third term for Mr. Bush.
Unfortunately for Mr. McCain, these policies are loathed by a majority of Americans. And the fact that Mr. Bush is helping Mr. McCain raise money only strengthens the link between them.
Mr. MacKinnon predicted that Americans will rally around Mr. McCain because of his valiant war service, which is lauded by voters of both parties.But heroic military service does not always translate into a November victory. Just ask Sen. John Kerry and Mr. Dole.