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McCain Complains About Press Treatment

John McCain Snarling Photo Robert Novak reports that, “Sen. John McCain, who was the darling of the political press corps during the 2000 election cycle, complains to friends that he is getting much rougher treatment from the news media than his competitors for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney.”

McClain blames this on his support for the Bush Iraq policy and that surely explains part of the rift. Mostly, though, McCain has shifted from being an underdog challenging the Republican establishment to a frontrunner representing it. That’s both less interesting and less safe from fire.

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James Joyner is the publisher of Outside the Beltway, an associate professor of security studies at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. He earned a PhD in political science from The University of Alabama. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter.

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  1. Triumph says:

    Mostly, though, McCain has shifted from being an underdog challenging the Republican establishment to a frontrunner representing it.

    He has also done some incredibly stupid things like his little stroll through the peaceful streets of Baghdad and his Beach Boys embellishment.

    Is he complaining that he did similarly stupid things back in 2000 that the press failed to report?

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  2. cian says:

    Add to Triumph’s list McCain’s IED joke on the Daily Show. Even when he has time to think, he doesn’t. And his ranting of the latest talking points during his interview with Stewart was just awful. Rather than engage an intelligent interviewer in serious debate, he battered him over the head with the troops and their sacrifice. That’s great stuff as far as the republican base is concerned, but its just plain dumb when talking to the young independently minded watchers of the Daily show who understand the difference between honouring our troops and recklessly endangering their lives.

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  3. Triumph says:

    Daily show who understand the difference between honouring our troops and recklessly endangering their lives.

    Dude, nobody “honours” anything in America. What are you, Canadian?!?!?

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  4. Johnny doesn’t like recent media treatment…

    It seems as thought the guy who has spent the last eight years basically getting a pass (with occassional love letters thrown in) from the media has become none to happy with his treatment as of late.  The latest Evans-Novak report puts it thus:
    McCai…

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