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Give Senator John McCain the S.C. victory he deserves
Charleston Post And Courier ^ | Thursday, January 17, 2008

Posted on 01/18/2008 7:28:43 AM PST by a77

Eight years ago we urged voters in South Carolina's Republican presidential primary to support John McCain. His record since then has left us even more convinced that the Arizona senator should be the 2008 Republican presidential nominee.

Not only has the senator continued to live up to the "straight talk" theme of both campaigns, he has provided the country with positive leadership in critical areas. Well known for an independent streak that has led to deviations from the party line, John McCain mainly reflects mainstream conservative values, as evidenced by his calls for less government regulation and a reduction of federal spending, his opposition to tax hikes, his advocacy of Social Security and Medicare reform, his push for an overhaul of the tax code, and his support for a strong defense.

It is in the latter area that the senator, a former Naval aviator who survived more than five years in captivity in Vietnam, where he suffered physical and mental torture, has been the most effective. His was the knowledgeable voice that got the administration's and nation's attention when he spoke out on what was going wrong with the war in Iraq. He also was among the earliest and most steadfast supporters of Gen. David Petraeus' successful 'surge' strategy.

Never one to duck the tough issues, Sen. McCain has taken the lead on a reasonable solution to the illegal immigration dilemma, which he described to us in a recent interview as one of the most heartfelt emotional issues he has dealt with in his 26 years in Congress. His state is among the most adversely impacted, and he knows better than most the need to secure the borders before any new reform legislation goes into effect. He believes the failure to seal the borders as promised in connection with the discredited 1986 immigrant reform effort is at the root of much of the current public frustration.

While political hay can be made by calling for the blanket deportation of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in this country, that's unrealistic. The senator's more sensible approach calls for deporting the estimated 2 million who have committed crimes while in this country. The remaining 10 million would be punished through fines, required to learn English and to get in line for citizenship behind all others who are here legally. He makes the irrefutable point that it is the federal government's failure to act that is giving the illegal immigrants de facto amnesty.

The McCain spur to congressional action on immigration and other critical issues would be the power of presidential persuasion coupled with his willingness to use his bully pulpit to "call the names" of those who refuse to come to the table. He would preface negotiations, he said, by offering to give all the credit to those willing to work toward a solution. "Politicians," he reminded us, "crave approval." He's also ready to play tough with those who refuse to cooperate by "telling the American people" who "won't sit down with me." That's the kind of straight talk a lot of politicians in Washington would be loath for their constituents to hear.

In fact, the senator clearly feels regular communication with the American people has been sorely lacking. He pledges press conferences at least once every two weeks and also said he would go on television once a week — even if only C-SPAN would cover it — to update the American people "on what's happened where our young people are in harm's way."

In terms of national defense, what he describes as the 'war against radical extremism' would never be far from his thoughts. While he believes al-Qaida is on the run, "it is by no means defeated," and Iraq will continue to be the central battleground. He is encouraged by signs that there is an increased recognition around the world about the nature of the struggle, and he is well equipped to make America's case in the international arena. Certainly as the victim of vicious torture at the hands of the enemy, there is no one more credible to reassure this country and the world "that we will never torture another person in American custody."

He has equal credibility on the domestic side, particularly for his opposition to wasteful spending in general and, specifically, such hot-button, pork-barrel earmarks as a $230 million Alaskan "bridge to nowhere."

The senator notes that he has never asked for an earmark for his state in all his years in Congress and rightly believes that public disenchantment with his party is due to the level of pork-barrel spending that occurred on the Republican watch. He pledges to veto every single piece of legislation that contains an earmark.

What's more, he will make sure the American public knows about such earmarks as the $3 million allocation to study the DNA of bears in Montana and promises to do so with a bit of "good natured" chiding, much in the style of his mentor, Ronald Reagan. We could use more of that kind of humor in Washington.

The 71-year-old senator's also willing to poke a little fun at himself, momentarily pretending to doze off, for example, when the media ask age-related questions, including whether he would be too old to withstand the rigors of being president. In a serious vein he points to the energy level he has displayed during the debates and campaign, noting that age questions should be balanced with those of judgment and experience.

He notes that in the eight years since he first ran, America has been attacked and currently is engaged in two wars. He rightly points out that this is no time for "on the job training."

John McCain correctly gauges the nation's thirst for a problem solver who can cross party lines. He points to Sen. Joe Lieberman's endorsement of him in New Hampshire on national security issues, despite differences on domestic issues, as a "singular" moment in that campaign and as evidence of his ability to attract independent and Democratic votes.

On Saturday, South Carolina voters will once more have the chance to give him the boost he needs to be the Republican nominee in November. Of all the contenders in that primary, he has the best chance of forming bipartisan coalitions to solve this nation's domestic problems and the most credibility and experience in international affairs.

For the good of the country, give tried and trustworthy Sen. John McCain the chance to be president with a much-deserved S.C. Republican primary victory.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: amnesty; elections; endofthegop; endorsement; gangof14; mccain; mcpain; mediabarf; republican; rino; sc2008; wheresthebarfalert; youdeserveabarftoday
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1 posted on 01/18/2008 7:28:47 AM PST by a77
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To: a77

As a retired military serviceman, I respect Sen. McCain’s service to our country, but if I am going to vote for a Republican, I’m going to vote for a Republican—not a RINO!!!!


2 posted on 01/18/2008 7:32:02 AM PST by Rebeleye
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To: a77

3 posted on 01/18/2008 7:32:05 AM PST by counterpunch (GOP Convention '08 Go For Brokered!)
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To: a77

The Newless Courier hasn’t changed much from when I used to read Ashley Cooper’s column.


4 posted on 01/18/2008 7:32:20 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat; but they know what's best for us)
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To: a77

The guy will be 76 years old before his first term would end. He’s no Ronald Reagan.

That said, I’d rather have McCain than the flip-flopping, two-faced, lying, self-serving, Ted Kennedy/Massachusettes-Liberal Mitt Romney.

At least we know what McCain stands for and what he will do.


5 posted on 01/18/2008 7:32:26 AM PST by no dems (FRED THOMPSON: The only Conservative running who can beat Hillary or Obama.)
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To: a77

McCain = guaranteed GOD defeat in ‘08.


6 posted on 01/18/2008 7:32:53 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (We've checked, and all your zeroes are OK. We're still working on your ones.)
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To: a77
You Forgot the BARF ALERT newbie.
7 posted on 01/18/2008 7:33:01 AM PST by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Make that “GOP” defeat


8 posted on 01/18/2008 7:33:13 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (We've checked, and all your zeroes are OK. We're still working on your ones.)
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To: a77

What’s more, he will make sure the American public knows about such earmarks as the $3 million allocation to study the DNA of bears in Montana and promises to do so with a bit of “good natured” chiding, much in the style of his mentor, Ronald Reagan.
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Good natured chiding from McCain? That’s not the McCain I know and distrust.


9 posted on 01/18/2008 7:33:28 AM PST by Greg F (Romney supported the right of homosexuals to be Scout Masters in 1994.)
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To: a77

Yeah, the last time we gave the nomination to someone who “deserved” it we got Bob Dole.


10 posted on 01/18/2008 7:33:31 AM PST by rightazrain (GO FRED!!!!)
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To: a77

I’ve always given McCain the respect he deserves, but NO, he doesn’t deserve a win in South Carolina from REPUBLICANS.

His actions over the course of the past two decades demonstrate why REPUBLICANS won’t vote for him.

I know I won’t under any foreseeable circumstances.


11 posted on 01/18/2008 7:33:44 AM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
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To: a77

McCain cannot expect to be “given” anything. If he had been a loyal conservative, instead of collaborating with Democrats in order to be a MSM darling, he would be a shoo in.

His record really makes him very undeserving of conservative votes. I see him as a Bob Dole.


12 posted on 01/18/2008 7:34:20 AM PST by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: counterpunch

On FR there is no a McCainTruthFile, so I’m free to support him.


13 posted on 01/18/2008 7:34:26 AM PST by a77
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To: counterpunch

Oh good gracious that pic of the cat summed up my feelings exactly when I saw the headline!


14 posted on 01/18/2008 7:34:27 AM PST by misharu (US Congress = children without adult supervision)
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To: a77

I cannot post what McCain deserves.


15 posted on 01/18/2008 7:34:32 AM PST by Petronski ("Make all the promises you have to." --Slick Willard, 9 Jan 08)
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To: a77

I assume that this is a socialist/communist leaning newspaper?


16 posted on 01/18/2008 7:35:12 AM PST by anoldafvet (To liberals, building a wall across the Mexican border is a violation of the Voting Rights Act.)
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To: a77

McCain-Feingold criminalizes free speech. ‘Nuff said.


17 posted on 01/18/2008 7:36:18 AM PST by Hoodat (The whole point of the Conservative Movement is to gain converts, not demonize them.)
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To: anoldafvet

No, it isn’t.


18 posted on 01/18/2008 7:36:26 AM PST by a77
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To: a77

McChurian is a globalist through and through.

I respect his military service to a point . . .

I still wonder how much brainwashing has lingered.

But his family’s corrupt history in globalist circles plus his treasonous positions on a number of issues is far too much for me to stomach the character.

God have mercy on us if the choice were to be between McChurian and Shrillery. What a black and bleak prospect that would be.

Machiavellian Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumm ‘Twould be.


19 posted on 01/18/2008 7:36:39 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: a77

The media is pulling out all the stops for McCain.


20 posted on 01/18/2008 7:36:44 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: a77
For help in considering the source....

Evening Post Publishing Co.

21 posted on 01/18/2008 7:36:53 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: a77
forming bipartisan coalitions to solve this nation's domestic problems

Horse puckey.

We'll be luck to form a bipartisan coalition to IDENTIFY this nation's domestic problems

22 posted on 01/18/2008 7:37:13 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: a77

Isn’t a lying lib-media-editorial endorsement the kiss of Judas for these RINO’s...??


23 posted on 01/18/2008 7:37:30 AM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: anoldafvet

Not really. The P&C is a lot less liberal than the other big paper in SC, The State up in Columbia. They endorsed McQueeg as well.

}:-)4


24 posted on 01/18/2008 7:37:45 AM PST by Moose4 (Wasting away again in Michaelnifongville.)
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To: a77

McCain has nothing but animosity for faith-based folks in America.

McCain has done MORE to destroy the conservative wing of the Republican Party the past eight years than sHrillary could even DREAM of doing in her best nightmare.


25 posted on 01/18/2008 7:38:27 AM PST by Edit35
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To: no dems

Not really. His globalism is partially hidden behind a bunch of wishy washy whatever-will-attract games.

He’s a vain, angry, globalist traitor.

He’ll march to the globalist tune about as well as Shrillery.

He’s a hideous prospect.


26 posted on 01/18/2008 7:39:11 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: a77
I'm ALL for giving RINO McCain exactly what he deserves and it isn't the the presidential nomination!

I would suggest that what he REALLY deserves is to be booted right out of the Republican Party!

27 posted on 01/18/2008 7:40:41 AM PST by Bigun (IRS sucks @getridof it.com)
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To: Rebeleye
McCain fingold is the Manchurian candidate darling of the MSM. His Hanoi holiday scrambled his brain, ask his first wife. This retired Navy O-4 has no respect $hit-birds like this one. His legislative record in collusion with gang of this, group of that is a legacy of horribly stupid - flawed bills.
28 posted on 01/18/2008 7:40:49 AM PST by Broker (Grandpa Petti Bones wants to know.)
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To: rightazrain

I knew Bob Dole was a puppet master stooge to hand the election to Klintoons from the beginning. What a farce that was. Dole’s wife is a globalist too. Did a great job for them as head of the Red Cross. . . . which is sure a slick way to further globalist goals around the planet. Who’d a thunk . . . the Red Cross! Sheesh. Their cheekiness knows no bounds.


29 posted on 01/18/2008 7:41:33 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: a77

“victory he deserves”

Keating Five.

he did not go to jail - he got his victory.


30 posted on 01/18/2008 7:41:33 AM PST by edcoil
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To: a77
The SC that mclame deserves is the one where he is being run out of the State on a rail... after having been tarred and feathered!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LLS

31 posted on 01/18/2008 7:41:38 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Support America, Kill terrorists, Destroy dims and vote Fred!)
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To: a77

Just wondering is a77 some kind of code for Lindsay Graham?


32 posted on 01/18/2008 7:42:15 AM PST by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: a77

Folks are free to volunteer as village idiots, too.

Doesn’t make such actions admirable, in the least.


33 posted on 01/18/2008 7:42:28 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: a77

I’ve had enough of McPain and his shamnesty.


34 posted on 01/18/2008 7:42:46 AM PST by Santa Fe_Conservative (The RINOs think that they have won but we shall see who has the last laugh in '08...)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

You were correct the first time. LOL


35 posted on 01/18/2008 7:43:06 AM PST by madison10
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To: Petronski

I cannot post what McCain deserves.

= = =

Goodness! Jesus is definitely coming soon.

We agree on something!.


36 posted on 01/18/2008 7:43:14 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: Bigun

Lindsey Graham, a US Senator (SC), is CO-CHAIRMEN of McCain’s campaign!


37 posted on 01/18/2008 7:43:16 AM PST by a77
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To: Santa Fe_Conservative

Hey, how’s the weather over there? Plenty cold here in the 4 corners. How much snow on the ground?


38 posted on 01/18/2008 7:44:57 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: antisocial

Funny.... It’s only an acronym for my name and my born year date.


39 posted on 01/18/2008 7:45:28 AM PST by a77
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To: a77

He “deserves” NOTHING!


40 posted on 01/18/2008 7:45:34 AM PST by Wil H
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To: a77

Which decreased my respect for him about 97%


41 posted on 01/18/2008 7:45:47 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: a77

Lindsey Gramnesty???

no gravitas there.


42 posted on 01/18/2008 7:46:16 AM PST by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Wil H
He “deserves” NOTHING!

Less than that.

43 posted on 01/18/2008 7:46:27 AM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: edcoil
he did not go to jail - he got his victory.

And the ONLY reason for that is that he was the ONLY Republican in a wad of Dimocrats!

Otherwise he WOULD have gone to jail!

44 posted on 01/18/2008 7:46:30 AM PST by Bigun (IRS sucks @getridof it.com)
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To: Moose4

Greenville News endorsed McCain as well.


45 posted on 01/18/2008 7:47:28 AM PST by littlehouse36
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To: a77

Sounds like a ‘Rat newspaper to me.


46 posted on 01/18/2008 7:47:35 AM PST by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: a77

47 posted on 01/18/2008 7:47:52 AM PST by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: a77
Give Senator John McCain the S.C. victory he deserves

Gag me with a turd. That victory would be the democratic nomination from the state.

48 posted on 01/18/2008 7:48:00 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government, Benito Guilinni a short man in search of a balcony)
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To: a77
Lindsey Graham, a US Senator (SC), is CO-CHAIRMEN of McCain’s campaign!

To the GREAT shame of every good conservative in the state of South Carolina!

Lindsey Graham is another worthless RINO just like his soul mate John McCain!

49 posted on 01/18/2008 7:50:01 AM PST by Bigun (IRS sucks @getridof it.com)
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To: a77

If by victory, they mean not voting for him and helping to permanently terminate any hope for him to ever be president, I can support that.


50 posted on 01/18/2008 7:50:18 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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