Obama nostalgic for a GOP opponent like McCain
WASHINGTON Would politics be better if someone like John McCain were running for president? President Barack Obama seems to think so.
In a case of strange bedfellows in American politics, Obama and his re-election advisers are waxing nostalgic for the man the president defeated last time around. They’re embracing McCain as a reasonable voice on climate change and immigration, someone who took on extremism in his own party.
It’s all a way of drawing a contrast with Obama’s current Republican presidential opponent, Mitt Romney, and trying to convince crucial independent voters that the GOP challenger is outside the mainstream.
But the president’s flattering memories of McCain conflict with their campaign clashes of 2008. Back then, Obama hammered his rival as “out of touch” with many of the problems facing Americans.
And the platitudes of today conceal the reality of Obama’s current dynamic with McCain. The Arizona Republican remains one
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