Kent Bush: McCain now has to suspend disbelief

Kent Bush

Often fiction writers require audiences to suspend disbelief in order to be entertained.

One supreme example is "Gilligan's Island." Viewers had to fail to realize that any group of people who could fashion hurricane proof shelters out of bamboo and palm fronds could also make a suitable raft to sail away from the island.

They also had to fail to notice that, rather than spend their energy trying to get off the island; they developed a car that they could pedal around.

Now, John McCain's has to suspend his disbelief - but he isn't being entertained.

At one time, McCain was criticized for being too much like George W. Bush. The claim by Democrats was that electing McCain was merely giving Bush a third term.

But now McCain is hoping the professor can build him a nice hut to protect him from the gangs of marauding headhunters because no one has ever been more on an island politically.

Recent developments have made it appear that McCain is the only person in the world who doesn't believe U.S. troops should be out of Iraq in less than two years.

So what did McCain do to incur this isolation? He supported the administration's plan for a surge in troops in Iraq. Only 14 percent of Americans agreed with the plan. It was hardly a move of political expediency.

"I would rather lose an election than lose a war," McCain said.

But now that the surge is having the desired effect, it is pushing the two extremes back toward each other.

Barack Obama always supported a withdrawal of troops. His idea was based on the belief that the war was an expensive and unnecessary endeavor.

Now the Iraqi premier and President Bush are also supporting a timeline for troop withdrawal. Their belief is that the withdrawal will be possible because things have gone so well since the surge.

The two sides believe the same thing for very different reasons.

But McCain still doesn't believe it for any reason.

He is the only major player left not to see a quick end to the incursion. The earliest he sees troops coming home is 2013.

Now that the state department is meeting with Iran - a position Obama supported - McCain is even more isolated.

McCain has been one of the few supporters Bush could truly rely on. Now Bush seems to be helping sink the McCain campaign in the lagoon.

Maybe McCain could pick up one end of the coconut phone line and tell President Bush to stop giving away his foreign policy advantage over his opponent.

Until then, McCain will wait for another surge of troops to rescue him from the island.

Augusta Gazette