DURST: Freak Show

Brothers and Sisters, step right up to see the strangest collection of political candidates this side of a Louisiana Governors race. We're almost talking San Francisco Supervisors quality. Freaks of nature. Chameleons. Shape shifters.Over on that tilted revolving stage, we have John McCain touring auto factories, praising unions and calling George W's tax plan too generous to the rich. Running ostensibly for the Republican nomination as a Democrat. And why not? Bill Clinton won two Democratic nominations by running as a Republican.McCain is also running a TV spot straight out of Bill Bradley's playbook: "Do we really want another politician America can't trust?" Must be a rhetorical question. Get away Forbes, you bother me. Careening across the other inclined stage, you can see Bush referring to himself as "A Reformer with Results." He also cut his stump speech and has started answering queries from the audience, although the precise definitions of perseverance and preservation remain off limits. He's even attacked his opponent's record on Veterans affairs, which is a bit like a cow complaining fish aren't up on the latest news about water.If things keep going the way they're headed, Bush will end up the fighter pilot, and McCain will transform into the favorite son of Texas with vocabulary dyslexia.Will Durst wonders if the corn dog stand is open.

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