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By Cliff Schecter - May 8

It has become popular to dismiss McCain because he has fallen behind Giuliani in national polls. But, at the risk of sounding like a broken record on this, McCain has the Bush Team that did him in in South Carolina in 2000 on his payroll.

He knows if he wins the primaries and caucuses, those national polls will change quickly. Progressives dismiss his chances at their own peril, as this man is still leading this thing based on the aformentioned polls, and is still the most likely of the current crop of contenders to get the nomination.

Keep that in mind my friends.

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pendragon said:

I will keep that in mind. How freaking sad.

May 10, 2007 2:33 PM

Robert said:

A hatchet job on McCain is a great compliment to the man. Taking his words out of context over such a long distinguished career and this is the best you can do?

Actually progressives should be hoping McCain wins the nomination if he is so easily dismantled. Even if he wins, according the conservatives, he will be a moderate.

Seriously, the man at least shows respect for the other side of the aisle and would work with both parties to do what is right. Bush's arrogance and Clinton's cowardice would be out of the White House and we could have someone who is not afraid to embrace views that are right despite what the party talking points are.

May 15, 2007 6:44 PM

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About Cliff Schecter

Cliff Schecter Cliff Schecter is a veteran campaign strategist and political commentator. Schecter is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and was a guest columnist for United Press International from 2002-2004. His work has been featured in a variety of publications including The Miami Herald, The American Prospect, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fordham Urban Law Journal, The Washington Monthly and He blogs at and writes a weekly satirical column each Friday called "Cliff's Corner," summarizing the week's most ridiculous events, for AMERICAblog. Surprisingly, Tom DeLay gets mentioned a lot.

During the 2004 election cycle, Schecter worked as the "liberal" pundit for The Sinclair Broadcast Group, where he debated conservative Armstrong Williams -- for significantly less cost to the White House. He has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR FoxNews and the Canadian Broadcast Channel. Recently, Schecter has been a regular contributor to MSNBC, where his debates against Republicans have become some of the most popular videos on YouTube, garnering as many as 125,000 viewings. Additionally, Schecter has provided analysis on American politics for international diplomats, journalists, students and politicians as part of The State Department Bureau of International Information Programs.

Schecter, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, holds an MA in International Affairs from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and is receiving his Ph.D. in American History as a Dean's Honors Fellow at American University.

Schecter was a pollster for the successful reelection of President Bill Clinton in 1996 and fundraiser for former Governor of Virginia Mark Warner in 2001. He has also provided initial opposition research for the Ned Lamont campaign's unprecedented victory over sitting senator Joe Lieberman in the 2006 primary race in Connecticut, and has consulted for the DNC, DCCC and candidates he won't mention here because they lost.


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