August 11, 2008 5:09 p.m.

I see George “Macaca” Allen is on Fox explaining why John McCain’s gonzo antics trying to get us into a nuclear confrontation over Georgia shows why we desperately need to make him president as soon as possible. But I do notice that McCain is bragging about how he’s been repeatedly on the phone talking with the President of Georgia (as has Obama) and generally conducting his own mini-foreign policy.

Says the FT

John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, on Monday upstaged George W. Bush’s administration over the Georgia crisis with his strongest statement so far calling on the US and its allies to come together in “universal condemnation of Russian aggression”.

Mr McCain, who gave his first response early last Friday several hours before any official word from the Bush administration, said the US should take steps to assist Georgia and other democracies in the region that he said were threatened by Russia’s actions.

“Russia’s aggression against Georgia is both a matter of urgent moral and strategic importance to the United States,” said Mr McCain. “The implications go beyond their threat to . . . a democratic Georgia. Russia is using violence against Georgia, in part, to intimidate other neighbours such as Ukraine, for choosing to associate with the west.”

Mr McCain’s statement – his third since the crisis began – stood in clear contrast on Monday to the relatively low-key response of the Bush administration and the Obama campaign. Barack Obama himself issued a statement on Saturday but remains on vacation in Hawaii. President Bush, at the Beijing Olympics on Saturday, expressed “grave concern” about Moscow’s “disproportionate response” in South Ossetia, but did not follow Mr McCain in portraying the crisis as a watershed moment for democracy in the region.

Isn’t this a bit, well … presumptuous.

Someone might want to mention to Sen. McCain that we only have one president at a time (however feeble he might be) and he shouldn’t be reaching above his station.

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