Tuesday, April 16, 2002

McCain for President

Mickey Kaus predicts that the Beltway will soon be chattering about Senator John McCain (R-AZ) running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Kaus links to an article about this in the new Washington Monthly.

I have no doubt that Kaus is correct that the Beltway will soon be talking this up, but it isn't going to happen. McCain won't run for the Democratic presidential nomination; he'd never get it and the party's left-liberal core would never have him (the press would, but they're not yet delegates to Democratic National Conventions).

McCain will run for president in 2004 as an Independent. He'll run as the "not crazy" Ross Perot. His biggest boosters will be the national press corps. And he will be a problem for the White House.