Here’s columnist Michael Kinsley’s take on why John McCain has been able to win over so many to the left of him politically:
“All successful politicians must have at least some talent for telling lies about what’s in their hearts and convincing people that it is the truth. But Sen. John McCain has a unique genius for telling the truth from his heart and making people believe that he is lying. And these people are his supporters! They admire him as a straight-talking truth-teller, and they forgive him for taking positions on big issues that they find repellent, on the grounds that he doesn’t really mean what he says. . . .
“He says plainly that he is for the war, or against abortion choice, and people hear the opposite. It’s a gift, I guess.”
Meanwhile, students and faculty at the New School commencement this past weekend in New York City had no problem taking McCain at his word — and disagreeing with it. McCain was heckled throughout his address, and student commencement speakers took McCain to task from the podium. Said one of them: "The senator does not reflect the ideals upon which this university was founded."
Posted by Melissa Cooley
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