"The McCain Makeover"
The Washington Post has a very good article from Sunday on John McCain's amazing turnaround in regards to his relationship to George W Bush.
IT'S FEBRUARY 15, 2000, a pivotal moment in the race for the Republican nomination for president, and at the televised candidates' debate in Columbia, S.C., temperatures are rising.
John McCain, fresh off an upset victory in the New Hampshire primary, has run into a buzz saw of negative advertising about his record and rumor-mongering about his personal life, and he blames his main opponent, George W. Bush.
"You should be ashamed," a tight-lipped McCain scolds Bush...
Six years later, Bush is president and McCain is preparing for another run for the White House. He's in Michigan on a Friday afternoon at the start of a long weekend of raising money for local Republican candidates and laying the groundwork for 2008. And everywhere he goes, he's got only good things to say about George W. Bush.
He praises Bush's steadfastness on the war in Iraq and says he's especially proud of Bush's support for the Senate's immigration bill. "I think the president has shown a lot of courage on this issue," he tells a crowd of activists at Kent County GOP headquarters in Grand Rapids, many of whom seem a lot less certain on the matter.
JMac has certainly mellowed his previous animosity towards Bush. McCain has definitely turned into a Bush cheerleader (pun intended) on many issues - most notably Iraq and even social issues (case in point: his appearance with Jerry Falwell.). But JMac has recently blasted the Bush Administration on the Iraq war. He complained that the BA said Iraq would be "a day at the beach". Yep - JMac's still a recovering maverick.