Interesting CJR piece on John McCain’s “incoherent environmentalism”
McCain’s wholesale abandonment of a month-long environmental PR strategy is more than a knee-jerk response to a new peak in oil prices. It is a sign that the McCain campaign’s efforts to define the 2008 election narrative are in disarray. Oddly, the political press—which has a Midas touch for turning policy disputes into process stories—seems to have missed the full political significance of this policy shift.
Of course it’s not that odd: The press loves John McCain! What’s more, to understand the extent to which McCain has turned himself around on environmental issues, you need some kind of grasp of how the logic of his gasoline demagoguery conflicts with the logic of his cap-and-trade proposals, and that seems to be beyond the grasp of many reporters.