Clinton-McCain, clear choices, two lifetimes of experience. No containing the repulsion…sorry.
“A contender for the Democratic nomination, praising the Republican nominee as preferable to her Democratic rival,” Yale lit professor David Bromwich has written, “was a rash act and probably unprecedented. Joe Lieberman did something like it, but only after he declared himself an ‘independent.’
“In the same session with reporters, Senator Clinton glowed at the thought of herself and John McCain together. ‘Both of us will be on that stage having crossed that threshold,’ she said. And again: ‘I think you’ll be able to imagine many things Senator McCain will be able to say. He’s never been president, but he will put forth his lifetime of experience. I will put forth my lifetime of experience. Senator Obama will put forth a speech made in 2002.’
“As other observers have noted, this is the kind of thing you say if you are John McCain’s running mate, not what you say if you mean to campaign fiercely against him. It was a remarkably destructive statement — a defection from party loyalty, and a subversion of the principle that is supposed to underlie such loyalty.”