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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Onward, Fundamentalist Soldier!

Back when John McCain was Mr. Straight Talk, he referred to Jerry Falwell as an "agent of intolerance." Times have changed, and McCain will be addressing the graduating class of Liberty University this year. Liberty University's Senior Founder and Chancellor? Jerry Falwell, Agent of Intolerance Number One.

American military hero and Arizona Sen. John McCain will deliver the Commencement message at Liberty University on May 13, at 9:30 a.m., in the Liberty University Vines Center. In addition, renowned Christian conservative leader Gary Bauer will speak during the University’s baccalaureate service on May 12, at 7:00 p.m., in the main sanctuary of the Thomas Road Baptist Church.

Sen. McCain is one of America’s most recognized Republican lawmakers. He began his political career in 1982, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Arizona’s first congressional district. Four years later, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, replacing the legendary Sen. Barry Goldwater.

UPDATE: One of the American Prospect's bloggers agrees with another of the site's bloggers that McCain might be opening a nasty can of worms-- for himself and us-- by wooing the theocrats this far in advance of 2008. But before I start thinking that I'm just as qualified as the salaried pundits who do this for a living, I'll freely admit that I've neglected one potentially significant issue on the whole McCain "Road To 2008 " campaign: he farts dust. Sorry. I hate that expression. And I wouldn't want any nice Democrats out there to carry signs saying terrible things like "I Depends on John McCain" in 2008. So don't do that.

Add to that one thing I haven't read a lot about, but which Democratic aides who work for likely '08 contenders increasingly bring up: McCain's age. He will turn 72 in '08, making him three years older than Ronald Reagan was in 1980, when he became the oldest man elected president.

The age issue is not just something raised by Democrats grasping at straws. Googling around I found Colorado-based Anthony Surace at the Christian conservative site The Templar Pundit sketching out an interesting view of McCain's chances with the hardcore conservative Republican base, in which he also pointed to general election risks, such as age and whether or not members of the press will turn against McCain out of a desire for divided government if Republicans retain Congress.