Friday, March 07, 2008

Mark McKinnon Is Republican-of-the-Week

Another in our series demonstrating The Vigil's dedication to bipartisanship.

Mark McKinnon started out in political life as a Democratic media adviser. He was on Michael Dukakis' team in the 1988 presidential campaign. After that, he went back to Texas, returned to corporate work, raised a family and evolved into a 'pro-government' Republican.

He met George Bush, and liked him, worked for him, and helped elect him Governor and later, President. Since 1984 he's been John McCain's advisor. Before McKinnon signed on for the McCain '08 campaign, he wrote
... a confidential communication ... to the McCain campaign when I came abroad, and I don’t really want to say much more than that, except to say that under any circumstances, depending on who the nominee is, I will be supporting 100 percent John McCain.
Question: But I just want to clarify... that you wouldn’t work in the general election, you’d be supporting him on the sidelines?

McKinnon:
I will be supporting from the sidelines.
Question:Why... sit this out if you have such strong feelings for John McCain, if Barack Obama is the opponent. What is it you’re concerned about?

McKinnon:
I met Barack Obama, I read his book, I like him a great deal. I disagree with him on very fundamental issues. But I think, as I said, I think it would a great race for the country, and I would simply be uncomfortable being in a campaign that would be inevitably attacking Barack Obama. I think it would be uncomfortable for me, and I think it would be bad for the McCain campaign.
This Republican knows that the up-coming campaign will be vicious. I find it strangely encouraging that this Obamacan, who is also a McCainiac, has higher standards of decency than one of the two major Democratic candidates.
Maybe Senator Obama is right. There is room for hope.

5 Moderated Comments:

Blogger Soros' Proxy said...

RUSH LIMBAUGH told Laura Ingraham on Fox News that Clinton is more willing than the Republican National Committee and John McCain's campaign to criticize Barack Obama:

We need Barack Obama bloodied up politically. It's obvious that the Republicans are not going to do it, they don't have the stomach for it ... As you probably know we're getting all kinds of memos from the RNC saying we're not going to be critical. Mark McKinnon of McCain's campaign said he'll quit if they get critical over Obama. This is the presidency of the United States we're talking about. I want our party to win I want the Democrats to lose ... I want Hillary to stay in this...this is too good a soap opera ...

3/07/2008 06:42:00 AM  
Blogger Yellow Dog said...

Ellen Goodman, A primary fight worth having, quotes Bill Clinton,

"I've been waiting all my life to vote for an African-American president. I've been waiting all my life to vote for a woman for president. . . . I feel like God is playing games with our heads and our hearts."

Goodman concludes,

There are many things worse than an extended race between history or herstory. You could, for example, get a Rose Garden endorsement from George W. Bush.

3/07/2008 07:01:00 AM  
Blogger Non-Partisàn said...

Vote McClinton in 2008!

3/07/2008 07:41:00 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

Is their a link here?

3/07/2008 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous PW said...

The GOP is worried.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has run best in Democratic strongholds such as New York, Massachusetts and California, while Obama has run best in red states that are usually in the Republican camp: Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. This raises the interesting specter that Obama may capture many of those red states in November, turning the Democratic victory into a landslide.

3/09/2008 09:25:00 AM  

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