Political Translation

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: May 22, 2007 12:30 PM

Hotline interprets the headlines. On the McCain vs. Romney fight:

Superficial Interpretation: McCain is afraid of Romney; McCain is worried by Romney's rise in the polls

Better interpretation: McCain and Romney are now running against each other; they're vying for the Rudy alternative spot; also, McCain is a bit concerned about Romney's rise in the polls,and he's angry that Romney appears to be eschewing intellectual honesty in order to score cheap political points on immigration. Also: McCain thinks Romney is a big phony.