McCain’s Democratic Realism

The Weekly Standard
March 31, 2008

John McCain’s first major foreign policy speech as the presumed Republican nominee for president, delivered last week in Los Angeles, was widely viewed as an effort to distance himself from President George W. Bush. The Washington Post said his agenda “contrasts sharply” with the “go-it-alone approach” of the Bush administration. London’s Telegraph discerned a “more practical, less ideological approach” to the war on terror. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh accused McCain of rejecting America’s superpower status and “pandering to the hate-America crowd.” New York Times columnist David Brooks claimed that unlike Bush, McCain wants to “protect the fabric of the international system.” more