McCain: Obama Governing From 'Far Left'

He blasts policies in interview, praises Palin for energizing party
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2009 8:34 AM CDT
Sen. Carl Levin and Sen. John McCain talk about their F-22 amendment to the defense authorization bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, last month.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – John McCain is busier, and angrier, than ever, writes Stephen Moore in the Wall Street Journal. The senator has become one of the fiercest critics of Obamanomics, with free-flowing stimulus and bailout dollars re-energizing his career-long fight against pork-barrel spending. President Obama was elected to govern from the center, McCain says in an interview, but he is "governing from the far left" and inflating the deficit to disastrous proportions. "I think it's the biggest problem we've ever faced."

McCain says he could have won the election if not for the market collapse of September, and he speaks fondly of Sarah Palin. "She galvanized our base in a way that I couldn’t," McCain says. "Everywhere she went she drew enormous and enthusiastic crowds like a rock star.” His only regret in choosing her, he says, is his campaign's failure to predict the sheer ferocity of the attacks against her. Could there be a McCain-Obama rematch in 2012? "No chance," he says.