France Insider/Paul Ben-Itzak

June 4, 2008

Note to French commentators: John McCain is not a maverick

Filed under: Uncategorized — franceblogger @ 2:56 pm

Apparently the news has not yet reached these shores that the Republican candidate to be the next president of the United States has long since abandoned whatever legitimate claims he might have once had to being the maverick of the Republican party. (I’d date it to…. oh… 2001, when he made a conscious decision to spend eight years enabling George Bush.) This morning, for the second time in a week, a commentator on France Culture radio called him that, not your typical Republican. Well, if you compare to moderates like Jacob Javits and Nelson Rockefeller and Abe Lincoln, maybe yes, but on a spectrum where George Bush represents the right, McCain is tipping the scale. Not only that, reflecting the obsession with finding the terror — er, excuse me Musulman or Muslim angle wherever it may lurk, one reporter even referred to Obama as “Barack Hussein Obama,” a tactic that even Fox News has abandoned. On the plus side, one regular commentator — I believe it was Olivier Duhamel — finally made the point that his colleagues should stop calling him the ‘black’ candidate as he’s black and white, an observation which nicely dovetailed with the Dem super-delegate guest, who nailed the essence of why Obama appeals to Americans of my generation (we’re the same age) and after: The very reason why she initially thought people would be reluctant to vote for him — the complexity of his personal story — became the very reason we like him.


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