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Politics as usual

Justin Webb | 00:13 UK time, Wednesday, 16 January 2008

It's back to politics as we know it now, after the heady crazed participation-fest of Iowa and New Hampshire. In those states the presidential madness took over and everyone enjoyed it, or pretended to. Even a woman taking the money at a toll booth had the time and interest to discuss the state of the race.

John McCain in the snow early on polling day in Michigan
Here in depressed Michigan, it is much more difficult to find the campaign amid the grim reality of daily life. Even the snow seems less, well, cheerful; it's the powdery sort that goes up your trousers but isn't thick enough to have any fun with.

Saw John McCain today and asked him if his insistence on banging on about issues like climate change might put off Republican voters. "My friend, there are worse things than losing," he replied. I think he means it.

Meanwhile, it is unusual to see anything very nice being written about Mitt Romney - at least by those not attached to his staff - but this is interesting.

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  • 1.
  • At 09:45 AM on 16 Jan 2008,
  • Nick wrote:

"there are worse things than losing"? and he calls himself a politician....

  • 2.
  • At 11:28 AM on 16 Jan 2008,
  • Royce Perry wrote:

Yes, there are "worse things than losing",,compromising your believes, ideals and integrity for the sake of winning comes to mind.

  • 3.
  • At 01:36 AM on 17 Jan 2008,
  • Brett wrote:

Yeah, there are worse things than losing alright, like being tortured. McCain deserves some credit for taking on Bush on this subject, although Bush still found a way to do an "end around" on this ghastly issue, so America hasn't quit torturing just yet. It would be interesting to see just how far McCain would go in halting this despicable practice, i.e. not just banning US government personnel from engaging in torture but ceasing 'extraordinary rendition' and ending foreign aid to countries like Israel, Egypt and Columbia that are known to practice torture. All the candidates in fact, should be a little more forthcoming on this urgent topic. America is definitely on the 'slippery slope' here.

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