McCain Far Better Than His Idea-Free Campaign: Brooks

Campaign doesn't live up to his record in the senate
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Sep 26, 2008 9:50 AM CDT
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, walks with Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., center, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., after the White House meeting.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – It’s a shame the kind of campaign John McCain is running, writes longtime admirer David Brooks in the New York Times. No, not because of dishonest ads (Obama has them, too) or a shift in politics, but because it “has no central argument." McCain has a wonderful record of "judgment, honor, and courage," as a senator, but “without a groundbreaking argument about why he is different, he’s had to rely on tactical gimmicks to stay afloat" as a presidential candidate.

“When people try to tell me that the McCain on the campaign trail is the real McCain and the one who came before was fake, I just say, baloney. I saw him. A half-century of evidence is there.” McCain, moreover, would run “the least partisan administration in recent times.” It’s too bad that the senator’s campaign hasn’t lived up to the senator.