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5/25/2008 6:05:00 PM
Wild Weekend
Do you remember the 1989 movie "Weekend At Bernie's"? It's a comedy about two young executives who must create the illusion that their recently murdered boss, Bernie Lomax, is still alive in order for the pair to continue a wild, crazy, weekend party at the beachfront home of their dead boss.

A sequel was produced a few years later called "Weekend At Bernie's 2". In the sequel, Bernie (the corpse) is considerably more animated due to a voodoo spell. Despite the lame plots, I think both movies are hilarious.

Lately I've been seeing a lot of TV news clips of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, flanked by his two most ardent supporters, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Every time I see the three of them together, I think of Bernie Lomax.

Why? Because the two senators are always at McCain's side and each is willing to do whatever is necessary to keep the candidate propped up.

Lieberman, the one-time vice presidential nominee who abandoned the Democratic Party, shares hawkish views about the Iraq War and policy issues about Israel with McCain.

Graham, who met McCain when the two of them worked together on the impeachment of President Clinton, subsequently discovered they shared other mutual interests. Like, amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Last summer, when it appeared that McCain's campaign was dead, Lieberman and Graham stuck by their old friend.

Nowadays, they are virtually inseparable. It's revealing to watch the trio on TV news shows. The presidential candidate stumbles over words and often pauses to recall facts until Graham and Lieberman lean in to whisper the answers or to jog McCain's memory. It's as if the two must create the illusion that their friend has enough life to keep the Republican Party in control of the White House in order for the craziness of the past seven years to continue. It's just like "Weekend At Bernie's".

But not as funny.

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