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Not So Sweet


(Photo via the White House website, and taken by Paul Morse on 8/29/05.)

Gee, that birthday cake doesn't taste so sweet these days, I bet, eh St. John McCain?

The war in Iraq followed Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) to Iowa on Saturday, as the Republican presidential candidate faced a series of skeptical questions about the lack of progress in the conflict and whether he or anyone has a plan for success.

It became clear from the opening minutes of his first meeting of the day just how much the presidential aspirations of the senator, who is one of the leading advocates of President Bush's troop-increase policy, may be tied to events in Iraq.

During the hour-long town hall meeting, McCain drew questions about the cost of the war, the prospects for success, the dangers of failure, the treatment of veterans and the new threats from Iran.

Throughout, he walked a line between strong advocacy for the troop buildup as the best chance to avoid a bloodletting in Iraq and defensiveness over the lack of progress and the growing impatience on the part of the public over what he said has been a badly mismanaged war effort dating back years.

Nothing like hitching your wagon to a ball of hot gas you thought was a star. 

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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