From Arianna Huffington’s blog in the USA:
McCain’s Fall a Warning to All GOP Candidates: Support the War at Your Own Risk
John McCain‘s cratering campaign is an object lesson in how to kill a candidacy in three simple steps: 1) locate the biggest foreign policy disaster in U.S. history 2) embrace it 3) implode. (Bonus step: spend money like you are Paul Brem[m]er).
McCain’s fall has been precipitous — tumbling from establishment GOP front-runner to single-digit also-ran.
Through much of 2005 and 2006 he was widely regarded as the presumptive Republican nominee. Hypothetical 2008 matchups regularly had him beating presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. A Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll in December 2006 had him beating Hillary by 14 points — 50% to 36%.
On January 5, 2007 — less than three weeks after that poll had him trouncing Hillary — McCain gave a widely-covered speech at the American Enterprise Institute in which he advocated a “substantial” and “sustained” escalation in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, tying himself to President Bush and his delusion-driven New Way Forward.
The effect was similar to tying an anchor to his poll numbers and throwing them overboard. Although McCain’s support had been eroding since 2006, as more and more independent voters — always a key chunk of his fan base — turned against the war, January 2007 marked the beginning of a nose dive.
See also here.
Bush’s personal revenge motive for Iraq war: here.
IN THE week that The Economist urged its US Republican readers to seriously consider Vietnam veteran John McCain as a possible presidential nominee, it is fascinating to read a graphic novel about what the Iraq occupation might look like under his presidency: here.