The Webb-McCain Nexus
Hypothetically speaking, if John McCain wanted to clear the ground a wee bit in preparation for the 2008 Republican presidential primary season, preemptively knocking out one of his likely opponents wouldn't be such a bad idea. Like - hypothetically again - getting one of his Republican buddies to run against said opponent.
Here are a few links that just came across via the old VRWC pipeline. Individually, they may not mean much. But taken together, a clearer picture emerges. Hypothetically, of course.
- Sen. Allen's foe in Nov. is old friend of McCain.
- Webb, who supported Allen in '00, entered the Senate race in March '06.
- That was months after Allen's name started being bandied about as an '08 rival to McCain by conservatives, including Rush Limbaugh,
- Sean Hannity,
- Ed Gillespie,
- and Rich Lowry of National Review.
So, John McCain is old friends with Jim Webb, a former George Allen supporter. But when Allen emerged as an '08 rival to McCain, suddenly Webb hates Allen and decides to challenge Allen in '06.
Hmmm. So what else do we know about Webb and McCain?
- Webb supported McCain in this '00 NY Times op-ed.
- That was 7 days after Webb slung a 'chickenhawk' attack at Bush.
- Notice how Webb invokes McCain to attack Republicans this year in the NY Times.
- And notice this pro-Webb/pro-McCain slant from a Democrat blogger.
It's no surprise that Sophrosyne hinted at this scenario months ago. Soph's usually way ahead on this type of thing.
Despite his positives on certain issues and his great performance at the 2004 GOP Convention, John McCain is, if anything, a man with huge vulnerability for 2008. Knocking off or at least weakening George Allen would be a big help, hypothetically.
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