McCain Ties Victory to a Losing Issue
Posted on Apr 7, 2007
John McCain will attempt to resurrect his struggling presidential campaign by launching a coordinated effort to reaffirm his support for the Iraq war. While his rosy take on “progress” in Baghdad just blew up in his face, the candidate has effectively painted himself into a corner.
Still, McCain’s enthusiasm for the unpopular war best explains his poor showing in polls and lack of fundraising success, and it doesn’t seem likely that upping the volume on a losing message will help matters.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will launch a high-profile effort next week to convince Americans that the Iraq war is winnable, embracing the unpopular conflict with renewed vigor as he attempts to reignite his stalling bid for the presidency.
With the Virginia Military Institute as a backdrop, McCain plans to argue in a speech on Wednesday that victory in Iraq is essential to American security and that President Bush’s war machine is finally getting on track after four years, aides and advisers said.
McCain’s rosy assessment of safety on Iraq’s streets after his recent visit to a Baghdad marketplace was mocked by many, prompting him to tell a television reporter that he “misspoke” and now regrets the comments. But, in the interview to be broadcast [Sunday], the senator sticks by his defense of the overall war effort, predicting that failure in Iraq would be “catastrophic.”