In taking in and responding to a post at Phatic Communion (where Andrew Sullivan and myself are analyzed in similar fashion; I'm flattered at such comparative analysis) I read this:
Oddly enough, John McCain, like many conservative bloggers, has backed Clinton over Obama repeatedly. The most recent twist: McCain lavished praise on Clinton’s historic achievement while suggesting that “pundits and party elders have declared that Senator Obama will be” his opponent — but has singularly failed to acknowledge Barack Obama’s historic achievement.Why on earth would John McCain toss fuel onto the political fire of his opponent by recognizing his opponents historical accomplishment? Had the tables been turned and Clinton been nominated, very likely McCain would have heaped lavish praise on a political genius, a well spoken prodigy for racial equality in the US. Remember this is politifare (political warfare) where logic is fleeting, consistency little more than a four syllable anachronism and fair play a dim memory of an imagined period when politics and fairness held hands, danced in jaunty fashion through fields of barley and basically never existed. McCains failure to recognize Obama's success is strategic and little else. Of course these observations may be symptoms of my own cynicism regarding the current state of American politics.