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Right. “Pretending.”

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His column is very good and properly criticial, but there’s still something amusingly I-can’t-quit-you about this bit from Joe Klein’s postmature farewell to his admiration for McCain:

Two of the bills original sponsors, John McCain and Orrin Hatch, voted against the bill…and one wonders why, especially in McCain’s case, given the fact that he recently won reelection and doesn’t have to pretend to be a troglodyte anymore.

Continuing to believe that deep, deep down McCain is really a principled moderate at this late date is about as sensible as believing in Ralph Ciferetto as a life partner.

Tracee: What should I do? He acts like he doesn’t give a shit.
Tony: You ever think he’s not acting?

It’s really way, way past time to stop pretending that there’s some decent, non-troglodyte McCain hidden deep inside. You are what your record says you are.

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