The Inescapable John McCain


An excellent question from Steve Benen:

Just once, I’d love to hear producers/hosts explain why McCain has to be on one at least one of the Sunday shows 11 times in eight months. Refresh my memory: was there this much interest in John Kerry’s take on current events in 2005?

It’s worth noting that Kerry has more seniority than McCain, so the answer to the puzzle can’t be that McCain is a more important legislative figure. Indeed, as far as I can tell McCain’s never dedicated as much as 30 seconds thought to actual health care policy. I will, however, be interested to learn if this weekend’s appearance will finally bring the moment that someone in the press mentions to McCain that he’s actually unusual for an American citizen in that literally throughout his life he’s been a beneficiary of government-run health insurance.