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McCain Does the Daily Show, Part II

1:47 PM, May 8, 2008 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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This is the second half of McCain appearance on the Daily Show last night (Dean covers the first half below). The appearance went off pretty well, as Dean says, and it must infuriate Stewart's lefty fans that he seems to hold the Senator in such high regard. Stewart also proposed an alternative version of the dream ticket: McCain-Clinton.

My only gripe with the interview: On the one hand, Stewart attacks McCain for taking the Hamas endorsement of Obama at face value. On the other hand, Stewart thinks Bush is 'al Qaeda's Rev. Wright,' i.e. a tool they use to fire up their base. You can't have it both ways--either you care what terrorists think or you don't. McCain clearly doesn't, but like he says, this ain't beanbag, and the Hamas endorsement was as much a missed opportunity for Obama as it was fodder for McCain. As to whether Bush is a recruiting tool for terrorists--who cares? Al Qaeda was recruiting before Bush was in office and they will continue to do so after he's gone. The important thing is that we keep killing those recruits. Eventually, one side will give up. And if Obama wins in November, we know which side that will be.