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The Bush-McCain Courtship

July 3, 2006

Back in March, I documented the amazing transformation of John McCain from GOP maverick to Republican prostitute. As I wrote then, the Arizona Senator in his quest for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination exchanged his seething hatred of George W. Bush for a high profile bootlicking of the Bush political machine.

On Monday, the New York Times offered a new installment in the budding courtship between McCain and Bush, his campaign 2000 tormenter. Summing up their changed relationship, McCain acted like a blushing bride as he acknowledged that the President had made him the recipient of one of his much-coveted Dubya nicknames:

"He calls me Johnny Mac."

That kind of back-slapping male bonding, of course, is a far cry from the sheer rage McCain felt towards Bush during their 2000 competition. Back then, Mr. Straight Talk angrily rejected Bush's feigned post-GOP primary attempt to bury the hatchet:

"Don't give me that shit. And get your hands off me."

For the sad story of how and why John McCain sold his soul to George W. Bush, see "The Prostitution of John McCain."

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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