Liberal bloggers spend a fair amount of time pointing out that John McCain is a lot like George W. Bush. But now two quotes have emerged in which John McCain himself argues he’s a lot like George W. Bush, making his task of distancing himself from the President that much harder.
Quote 1, June 2005, Meet the Press:
RUSSERT: The fact is you are different than George Bush.
SEN. McCAIN: No. No. I–the fact is that I’m different but the fact is that I have agreed with President Bush far more than I have disagreed. And on the transcendent issues, the most important issues of our day, I’ve been totally in agreement and support of President Bush.
Quote 2, May 2003, Your World with Neil Cavuto:
“The president and I agree on most issues. There was a recent study that showed that I voted with the president over 90 percent of the time, higher than a lot of my even Republican colleagues.”
I mean, c’mon. This isn’t hard. McCain once said of Bush, “”[H]e has more than earned our support. He has earned our admiration and our love.” Bush reportedly supported McCain in the Republican primary because McCain was “best to carry forth his agenda.”
McCain’s attempts to distance himself from Bush aren’t just an uphill climb. They’re an uphill climb with a monkey on his back and one of these tied to his leg.