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Wednesday, April 05, 2006
      ( 4/05/2006 07:06:00 AM ) Bill S.  

THAT CORE BASE - Never did have too strong a feeling for John McCain, though I have to admit the persona he staked out for so long - the let's-look-at-things-on-an-issue-by-issue-basis guy - has its allure for me. Still, watching him attempt to reposition himself recently for the upcoming presidential race by hat-in-handing to the likes of the Rev. Jerry Falwell can't help getting me thinking about the current West Wing plotline wherein moderate Repub Arnold Vinick keeps getting pressured by members of his own party to make gestures that'll appeal to the ultra-conservative base. Principled Arnie sticks closer to himself, of course, but then he's a teevee character and played by Alan Alda, besides, so you wouldn't expect him to do otherwise. McCain is a sadder story.

Watching him interviewed via satellite on The Daily Show last night, though, I thought I saw a hint of ruefulness from the man, but perhaps that's just wishful thinking. McCain can clearly think on his feet and has a decent way a with a quip, but that'll only take you so far when you've got a guy like Stewart asking, in all seriousness, what the hell has happened to you. McCain's been a fairly regular guest on Jon's show in the past, but on the basis of last night's interview, I'm betting his people start advising him to skip Comedy Central for the nonce . . .

UPDATE: Crooks And Liars has posted a clip of the amazing end of Stewart's interview (where Jon asks the Senator if he's going "into crazy base world").
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