There used to be no love lost between Bush and McCain. But paradoxically, the war in Iraq, which divided Bush from much of the nation, caused McCain to come closer and to even defend him.
Now McCain is in an odd position re Bush. He knows about Bush’s high unfavorability ratings, but he also knows that Bush is the nominal head of the Republican Party and still able to raise money from the base, which McCain sorely needs. He also knows that Obama is hot to taint him with the brush of “McCain is just another Bush,” because if successful that approach would be the best way to defeat McCain in the fall.
And so when McCain joined with Bush for a fundraiser and yet barred the press, Obama lost no time making the connection:
No cameras. No reporters. And we all know why. Senator McCain doesn’t want to be seen, hat-in-hand, with the president whose failed policies he promises to continue for another four years.
Obama knows what it’s like to have supporters and colleagues who he’d like to hide. They’re of a different stripe than the President of the United States—Ayers, Rezko, and Wright (and the lesser-known Acorn) come to mind.
But for all these clandestine alliances on the part of both candidates, I offer the following Rodgers and Hammerstein song from “The King and I”:
We kiss in a shadow,
We hide from the moon,
Our meetings are few,
And over too soon.
We speak in a whisper,
Afraid to be heard;
When people are near,
We speak not a word.
Alone in our secret,
Together we sigh,
For one smiling day to be free
To kiss in the sunlight
And say to the sky:
“Behold and believe what you see!
Behold how my lover loves me!”