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A Surge For All Seasons

What can I say, John McCain just loves surges. If you’ve got a problem, John McCain has a surge. In Iraq, of course, McCain loves the surge so mu

What can I say, John McCain just loves surges.

If you’ve got a problem, John McCain has a surge. In Iraq, of course, McCain loves the surge so much, he’s willing to credit the surge for events that occurred before it even began. In Afghanistan, McCain opposed sending additional troops, that is until a few weeks ago, when McCain announced he supports a ... wait for it ... surge in Afghanistan.

Over the last several days, McCain has become so enamored with this child-like formulation — surge = problem solved — that he’s now willing to extend it to policies that have nothing to do with the military or foreign policy. On Saturday, addressing the Urban League, McCain talked about his approach to inner-city crime. He recommended a surge.

It’s become so reflexive, the McCain campaign, two weeks ago, was talking about the debate over energy policy, and said, in relation to Obama’s position, “This is the domestic policy equivalent of the surge.”

But this is especially odd given today’s remarks about the economy. What’s the difference between McCain’s economic policy yesterday and his new-found support for an “economic surge”? Nothing, except now, McCain’s policy is surge-rific.

I’m curious — if McCain was challenged to give a speech without the word “celebrity” or “surge,” could he do it? I really doubt it.

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