John Nichols, political correspondent for The Nation, says the John McCain that he knows and admires is MIA.
No, this time McCain isn't the prisoner of the North Vietnamese, This time, he is is the captive, Nichols says, of his own political advisers. Who, for reasons beyond Nichols' grasp, told him to attack Barack Obama on issues that, he believes, aren't the ones that will sway the all important undecided voters.
Nichols comments (the POW analogy is mine, not his) were made during today's News Talk Online on Paltalk.com.
Nichols says the issues of abortion, William Ayers and ACORN are important to his core supporters. So these, he says, should be downplayed by McCain.
Instead, Nichols says, McCain should be telling the American people why he believes he is a better candidate for president than is Obama. He should be thinking and speaking independently. He should return to being the maverick that endeared him to many Americans four years ago.
In other words, Nichols says, McCain should return to being McCain.