Senator John McCain, is no longer getting the ink he deserves as the MSM anoints Giuliani, Romney and Thompson the Repub top tier. This is probably a mistake. Maybe not as big a mistake as McCain’s decision to visit fundamentalist Bob Jones University, (see Chapter 9, Elements of Persuasion for details of why) but still short sighted. As McCain’s enforced stay in the Hanoi Hilton proves, he is at his heroic best when in a tight place. With only $2M in the bank (Romney has $12M, Giuliani $15M) and media buys fast approaching, McCain has come out swinging.
"One of the other Republican candidates made an extraordinary statement yesterday. Former Gov. Romney yesterday proclaimed himself the only real Republican in this race… In fact, when he ran against Ted Kennedy, he said he didn’t want to return to the days of Reagan-Bush. I always thought Ronald Reagan was a real Republican. When he refused to endorse the Contract With America, I don’t think he was speaking for Republicans. And when he was embracing the Democratic position on many major issues of the day, I don’t think he was speaking for Republicans…"
“You might not always agree with me on every issue, but I hope you know I’m not going to con you. The most important thing we have in this life is our self-respect. And I’m not going to trade mine for anyone’s vote or for any office."
Straight Talk is McCain’s signature style. He may just be getting his second wind.