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Trb Endorses Mccain!


Duh, not really. I've written an awful lot of critical commentary about John McCain the last few years. My latest TRB column looks at the silver lining around the cloud. I ask whether, after he has abandoned so many progressive stances, there's anything at all left to like about John McCain. My answer is a very tepid yes.

As I expected, some members of the netroots went ballistic. Daily Kos poster "BarbinMD" summarizes my column thusly:

Chait would rather have a beer with John McCain, so let's elect him.

And then, Emily Litella-style, she goes on a long rant based on that premise.

Except, nowhere in my column do I suggest that we should elect John McCain. And if my many, many other attacks on McCain that didn't make it sufficiently obvious that I don't think we should elect him, I specifically write in this column, "I certainly wouldn't recommend that anybody go so far as to vote for him." I thought that was clear enough that nobody would read my column as a McCain endorsement. I don't know, maybe I should have used smaller words.

--Jonathan Chait