Vote McCain!

I don’t say enough good things about John McCain. The truth of the matter is, I’m an arch-conservative, and let’s face it…McCain has done a lot of things to piss off conservatives, so much so, that it almost seems purposeful. And that causes many conservatives to stew.

Should I put up a McCain campaign button on my website? Should I drink the Koolaid, and become a good little Republican cheerleader for a guy I know is going to frustrate me in many ways as President, (if he wins the Presidency). I’ve never made any bones about whether or not I’d vote for the guy.

Nice Deb is voting for the guy.

The question is…Will I be able to enthusiastically support his campaign?

Well, the question really is…who would we rather have in the White House? The guy voted most Liberal congresscritter; the one with all the commie friends and terrorist endorsements?

Or the one with the American Conservative Union rating of 82.16, (as opposed to Obama’s lifetime rating of 7.67)?

I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the B- over the F- any day of the week.

And stories like this one make the koolaid taste less bitter:

One evening last July, Sen. John McCain of Arizona arrived at the New Hampshire home of Erin Flanagan for sandwiches, chocolate-chip cookies and heartfelt talk about Iraq. They had met at a presidential debate, when she asked the candidates what they would do to bring home American soldiers — soldiers like her brother, who had been killed in action a few months earlier.

McCain did not bring cameras or a retinue. Instead, he brought his youngest son, James McCain, 19, then a private first class in the Marine Corps about to leave for Iraq. Father and son sat down to hear more about Flanagan’s brother, Michael Cleary, a 24-year-old Army first lieutenant killed by an ambush and roadside bomb.

No one mentioned the obvious: in just days, Jimmy McCain could face similar perils. “I can’t imagine what it must have been like for them as they were coming to meet with a family that –” Flanagan recalled, choking up. “We lost a dear one,” she finished.

McCain, now the presumptive Republican nominee, has staked his candidacy on the promise that American troops can bring stability to Iraq. What he almost never says is that one of them is his own son, who spent seven months patrolling Anbar Province.

In his 71 years, McCain has confronted war as a pilot, a prisoner and a U.S. senator, but never before as a father. His son’s departure for Iraq brought him the same worry that every military parent feels, friends say, while the young Marine’s experiences there have given him a sustained grunt’s-eye view of the action and private confirmation for his argument that U.S. strategy in Iraq is working.

And then we have…Obama’s confirmation for his argument that U.S. strategy isn’t working:

Uh….he’s still working on finessing, and nuancing his position on that one:

This is a no brainer for me.

From hereon in…I will be strongly endorsing and supporting McCain, (warts and all).

11 thoughts on “Vote McCain!

  1. The simple fact is that we lost the immigration debate during the primaries. We lost. We lost. We lost.

    Now we’ll have another disastrous amnesty just like Reagan’s.

    But we haven’t lost the GWoT or health care yet, so there’s still a lot on the line in November.

    I’m really ticked about the immigration idiocy, but letting Obama’s naive feel-good platform destroy the remnants of America is out of the question. I’ll be pulling the freaking lever for McCain.


  2. I can’t commit yet. I just can’t.

    There’s no doubt Obama is one of the most dreadful figures ever to run for the presidency, while McCain is merely bad. But I don’t think Obama will be very effective. It doesn’t matter how awful his beliefs are if he can’t get anything done.

    Which isn’t to say I have committed the other way. Just that I’m doing a different sort of political math this time.


  3. The thing that troubles me most is McCain’s assault on conservatism in Republican Party. If he wins, he’s going to win without that conservative base, it’s what he’s angling for. He’s decided he can do it without us, and that damage won’t get repaired in my lifetime.

    I would almost rather see him get shot down and take on the necessary rebuilding than see him win and drive a stake through the hearts of conservative Republicans.

    From a purely practical perspective it won’t matter – I could sit it out and JMac will still take Texas. Better to throw my support at Republican congresscritters.


  4. Guys, if Obama gets a filibuster proof congress, and it looks increasingly like he might, he may be terrifyingly effective at getting what he wants done.

    And if that happens it’s not just good-bye to the Republican party, it’s goodbye to the USA as we know it.

    Also, the ‘Nice’ part of Nice Deb can’t bring herself to believe that JMac is purposefully trying to destroy conservatism.

    He just believes what he believes.


  5. I’m not so sure, Deb. One of the reasons Congress has been willing to propose some of the more egregious legislations (timetables, anyone?) is because they knew Bush would veto. They get to throw a little bone to the nutroots with no danger that they’ll have to eat the consequences. An all-Dem government would own everything that happens.

    Not to say an all-Dem government isn’t a terrifying prospect and wouldn’t pass some very bad stuff. But I’m not positive that it would be worse than the things it would pass in collusion with McCain.

    I don’t think McCain is out to destroy conservatism. I don’t think he even knows what that is. He doesn’t seem to have core beliefs, just a potpourri of issues he likes. He’s out to destroy conservatives — the people who rejected him in 2000. I honestly don’t think he sees issues in any more depth than that.

    Eh. I always feel like I have to put in a disclaimer about his military record. He did something astonishing that I know damn well I couldn’t do. But he’s not conservative, he’s vengeful — and, frankly, I don’t think he’s very bright.

    Bottom line, the fact that we’re even having this conversation probably means we’re doomed. They love their guy, we can’t stand ours. This isn’t going to go well…


  6. We absolutly can’t afford to allow a racist rookie to become CIC. Our way of life in the United States swings in the balance. I think we can vote for McCain but continue to pressure him on his dopey immigration/global warming agendas. Pressure him to allow drilling and build more oil refineries in the USA. Keep up the great work Deb!


  7. His VP choice will be the deal breaker for me. Choose well, and I’ll vote for him. Otherwise I write in the Great Gazoo and let everyone deal with what we get. Another Carter type presidency might be just what we need to get people to wake the hell up.


  8. i am voting for mccain but not enthusiastically. i feel i have no choice — i wouldn’t vote for obama or hillary for anything. i appreciate the story of he and jimmy. i have never doubted his patriotism — so though a cool story, it doesn’t move me toward enthusiasm for him. he still gives me heartburn.


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