And we’re about to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. Not too long ago, Hillary was looking like an inevitable “sure thing”. But the Clintons’ floundering and dirty politics has managed to sully both Democratic candidates, offering the Republicans a gift we seem loath to accept.
No, he not perfect. No, he doesn’t seem terribly conservative. Yet somehow he’s managed to acquire an 82% career ranking by the American Conservative Union.
Victor Davis Hansen offers these words of wisdom:
In reaction to McCain’s own surge and the Republican windfall, the conservative base went ballistic. Soon a Republican civil war broke out over how best to lose the election.
Despite McCain’s 82-percent career ranking by the American Conservative Union, and his support for balanced budgets, an end to pork-barrel spending and earmarks, strong support for the war, and expressed regret over once supporting the Bush illegal immigration reform package, McCain was branded by the conservative media as a sellout and a near liberal. Not to mention that he was supposedly too old and hot-tempered to be the Republican nominee. The more McCain was discovered not to be a perfect conservative, the more he was accused of not even being a good one.
Even stranger, the various Republican candidates began invoking Ronald Reagan’s three-decade-old tenure as the new litmus test of the times — apparently to show how moderates like the wayward McCain fell far short of the Gipper’s true-blue conservatism.
Were conservatives supposed to forget that a maverick Reagan raised some taxes, signed an illegal-alien amnesty bill, expanded government, appointed centrist Supreme Court justices, advocated nuclear disarmament, sold arms to Iran, and pulled out of Lebanon — but to remember only that John McCain was not for the original Bush tax cuts or once supported the administration’s offer of a quasi-amnesty?
I’m all for pointing out the differences in the candidates, and attacking a candidate on the points you strongly disagree with. That’s politics.
But this…”I’m staying home”, or worse, “I’m voting for Obama if he’s the nominee” bullshit has got to stop.
If you think our country can survive the foreign policy decisions of a liberal Democrat Commander In Chief at this critical juncture, then I want to know what you’re smoking.
There is still a war on terror going on. That should be the primary consideration for any serious Republican.
And we all know where McCain stands on the war.
I put my country above my party.