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Succotash my Balzac, dipshiitake.

Kerry on

Unless he has not been honest in every TV and radio appearance I've caught, John McCain is not interested in being a part of the John Kerry or any other Democratic political campaign. That has not kept Kerry from fabricating a relationship with the Arizona senator at nearly every turn. Not only has he repeatedly made his desire to have McCain as a running mate known, he has used McCain's image in commercials, and now he's announced on Don Imus' radio show that McCain is his first choice for Secretary of Defense, if he is elected.
I have any number of people that I would make secretary of Defense, beginning with our good friend John McCain.
"Good friend?" Unless McCain comes out with some sort of positive response to this, then I think this is a really stupid move. Kerry's desperate attempt to align himself with McCain in order to appeal to the moderate element of the GOP is ridiculously transparent. This looks like nothing more than name-dropping. Admittedly, McCain's is the one to drop, but these contrivances by Kerry won't play well if McCain continues his pro-republican, "party of Lincoln and Roosevelt" stance on the presidential campaign.

I have a better idea. If Kerry really thinks McCain would be so good, why doesn't he wield his tremendous influence in the Senate to have McCain set up as the successor to Rummy, and then continue to hold Bush's feet to the fire to remove Rumsfeld. If the Bush camp has much sense, they'll jump on this as the opportunity to sack Rummy of their own accord and nominate McCain as his immediate replacement, thereby sending a "message" to the world (most importantly, the American electorate) about the recent atrocities, snatching the wind out of Kerry's sails, and co-opting McCain as a secondary part of the campaign ticket for themselves.

But maybe that's just me.
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