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In the coming weeks, many publications across this country will be endorsing the Republican presidential ticket. And there are some solid reasons for doing so—John McCain is indeed a great American, serving the country admirably in times of war and peace. Nearly three decades in Congress have given him a good grasp on the issues, as his performance in the first prez debate conveyed. Not falling in the plus column is his choice of running mate.

Even so, there are plenty of good things to say about McCain. Which raises a question: Why does the Examiner, in its McCain endorsement, feel compelled to regurgitate a Republican campaign slogan? I am talking about this passage:

America is at war overseas and in an economic crisis here at home. Many of her citizens believe the country is on the wrong track. It is for times such as these that men like John McCain are made, to put country first so that it can be put right in its time of need. For this reason, The Examiner endorses McCain for president and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for vice president.

And at just the moment when it has become a staple of American comedy, the Examiner invokes that “M” word: “Ever the maverick, McCain selected Palin because her record mirrors his own in courageously standing up to corrupt special interests regardless of party and cutting government waste.”

Hey Examiner, can’t you do some original thinking here?