Straight Talk Express Runs Aground

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John McCain’s bus, which could be dubbed the “Flip-Flop Express” or the “Endless War Express,” will now be called nothing at all. The bus, like the campaign, is out of gas, and McCain doesn’t have the money to fill it up. So from now on, McCain will be taking the “Straight Walk Express” (yuck, yuck).

It’s worth pointing out, though, that while McCain is seen as doomed because he only has $2 million on hand, Mitt Romney would have the exact same amount if he hadn’t given his campaign a personal loan of $10 million. McCain’s even doing better than Romney in some polls. The media tends to think and move in packs; maybe we should peel ourselves off the dog pile that is currently burying John McCain and take a look at the GOP’s prettiest hypocrite?

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