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GOP Acquires A Taste For Hillary Lite
IBD ^ | January 30, 2008 4:20 PM PT | IBD

Posted on 01/30/2008 5:58:24 PM PST by ECM

It was thought that John McCain might have trouble in Florida, a state where only registered Republicans can vote. But he beat Mitt Romney by a not inconsequential margin, and Romney must be kicking himself for withdrawing from the South Carolina battlefield early when he might have derailed the so-called "straight-talk express."

It is said that since the Reagan era, every winner of the South Carolina primary has gone on to win the GOP nomination. Unfortunately, McCain is no Reagan.

He is now advancing on the strength of two main issues — his status as a genuine war hero who was right on Iraq, and the fact that surveys say he is the only Republican candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton.

We're certainly no fans of Hillary, and electability is an important factor in choosing a nominee. But more important is who should be elected.

On most issues (defense and abortion are two big exceptions) McCain is indistinguishable from Hillary, and — if elected — he's likely to face a Democratic Congress ready to agree with him.

We are concerned — and we think the GOP base should be too — about the ringing endorsement given to McCain by the New York Times. It praised him for "a record of working across the aisle to develop sound bipartisan legislation."

What the Times had in mind is legislation such as the assault on the First Amendment known as McCain-Feingold. That campaign finance law ironically makes it illegal for American citizens to run ads praising either Mr. McCain or Mr. Feingold within a specified time before a primary or general election.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: conservative; election; fl2008; mccain

1 posted on 01/30/2008 5:58:27 PM PST by ECM
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To: ECM
Hillary Lite

can't disagree ... but he'll probably be better than Intern-On-the-Job-Training Obama ... I think ... oy vey
2 posted on 01/30/2008 6:00:35 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Tim 1:4; Gal 1:6-10; 1Cor 2:2; Matthew 22:30; Mark 12:25; Luke 20:34-35; 2Thess 2:11; Jude 1:3)
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To: ECM

McVain with 275 Dims in congress and a 55 dim Senate would be different from hildabeast how?


3 posted on 01/30/2008 6:02:45 PM PST by dynachrome (Immigration without assimilation means the death of this nation~Captainpaintball)
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To: ECM

John McCain needs to make overtures to conservatives, no doubt about it.


4 posted on 01/30/2008 6:03:35 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: Clintonfatigued

He has gone across the aisle.


5 posted on 01/30/2008 6:05:34 PM PST by JaneNC (I)
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To: ECM
McConan the "Republican"? Just say NO!


6 posted on 01/30/2008 6:06:09 PM PST by sourcery (Electile Disfunction: The inability to get excited about any of the available candidates)
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To: ECM

I just typed “John McCain for President” into http://sternestmeanings.com, and it came back with the anagram “Confined major sphincter.”

Sounds about right. Haha :)


7 posted on 01/30/2008 6:09:10 PM PST by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: ECM

The reality is going to be if the GOP gives Mcpainintheass the nomination conservatives will sit this election out in droves. That means the dems will win the WH. What I’m not quite sure of however is whether or not the dems will elect Hillary. Believe it or not, the dems dislike her as much or even more than the repubs.


8 posted on 01/30/2008 6:10:26 PM PST by sirchtruth (No one has the RIGHT not to be offended...)
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To: Clintonfatigued
John McCain needs to make overtures to conservatives, no doubt about it.

Overtures? You mean down right lies? This Conservative will not vote for that interloper no mater what "overture" he tries to feeds us.

9 posted on 01/30/2008 6:18:55 PM PST by Barnacle ("We need to move away from the Kennedy wing of the Republican party." Duncan Hunter)
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To: ECM

10 posted on 01/30/2008 6:28:58 PM PST by red-dawg
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To: ECM

I want to drink heavily ... I am pinching myself, hoping the past 48 hours were just a bad dream.


11 posted on 01/30/2008 6:30:16 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: ECM
his status as a genuine war hero who was right on Iraq, and the fact that surveys say he is the only Republican candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton.

Both premises highly suspect.

12 posted on 01/30/2008 6:30:35 PM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: sirchtruth

I am not sure, what he loses with conservatives he picks up with indies and hispanics


13 posted on 01/30/2008 6:46:29 PM PST by italianquaker (Is there anything Ron Paul doesn't blame the USA for?)
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To: Clintonfatigued
John McCain needs to make overtures to conservatives, no doubt about it.

If you had a chance to see McCain tonight on stage, he's totally enamered with himself. His posture and expressions showcased his attitude. One of gloating and condescention, the only overture he'll make is along the lines of "Vote for me or your stupid."

He simply doesn't give a damn about you , me or America, this is his moment don't get in his way.

He's dangerous.

14 posted on 01/30/2008 6:51:41 PM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Barnacle

A strong conservative running mate and a commitment on Supreme Court judges would help McCain immensely.

I’m not happy with the way this is turning out and John McCain was not my first choce. But while McCain can be a pain in the behind and his views on border security and energy development/independence are deplorable, his record taken in its entirety isn’t that bad. He’s good on life issues, the second amendment, and foreign policy.


15 posted on 01/30/2008 6:53:35 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: RepublitarianRoger2

I typed in “John McCain wants to be president” and it came back with “Majestic, pertinent cow hand snob.” :0)


16 posted on 01/30/2008 7:07:20 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Senator McCain is a great American, a lousy senator and a terrible Republican.)
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To: RepublitarianRoger2

Hey! I typed in “Mike Huckabee wants to be president” and it came back “Weak, tubbiest, macho keen. Spite nerd”...


17 posted on 01/30/2008 7:09:13 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Senator McCain is a great American, a lousy senator and a terrible Republican.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

“John McCain needs to make overtures to conservatives, no doubt about it.”

And a good portion will buy it up and badger those who don’t.

Ain’t gonna work this time.


18 posted on 01/30/2008 7:11:32 PM PST by Globalist Goon ("Head down over a saddle.")
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To: Clintonfatigued

It will be interesting to see who he chooses as a running mate. (assuming he gets the nomination)

Will he pick someone to please conservatives? Or will he pick someone to please the media and the middle?


20 posted on 01/30/2008 7:12:03 PM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Mr. Brightside
If he has any common sense and a moderately competent staff, he’ll seek out one who’s at least satisfactory to conservatives.
21 posted on 01/30/2008 7:13:54 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I agree with you. But I’ll believe it when I see it.

I think the next 4-8 years will are going to be rebuilding years for conservatives. And I would rather have to fight the White House 50 percent of the time (McCain), instead of 100 percent of the time (Clinton/Obama).


22 posted on 01/30/2008 7:21:16 PM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: COBOL2Java

LOL! That thing is fun, isn’t it?


23 posted on 01/30/2008 7:32:25 PM PST by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: Mr. Brightside

“It will be interesting to see who he chooses as a running mate. (assuming he gets the nomination)”

I heard on XM Radio’s “POTUS ‘08” channel this morning that Joe Lieberman is being considered as a prime choice for running mate, if he wants the job. He has, after all, endorsed McCain. Yet another sign of McCain’s liberal cred.

A McCain/Lieberman ticket? Say it ain’t so, Joe!
(And start printing the McLame Loserman stickers.)


24 posted on 01/30/2008 7:36:05 PM PST by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: COBOL2Java

OK, off topic, I know, but type in “islamic fundamentalists”.
Wow.

OK, back on topic...


25 posted on 01/30/2008 7:40:21 PM PST by RepublitarianRoger2
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To: ECM

You heard it here folks...a McCain/Clinton “unity” is in the works....look for McCain to “die” in office...


26 posted on 01/30/2008 7:45:45 PM PST by mo
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To: ECM

Don’t know if it’s true BUT... I heard that if McKain gets the pubbie nomination, he may name John Kerry as his running mate! It was something about lib senators and their special club!


27 posted on 01/30/2008 7:49:05 PM PST by ErieGeno
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To: red-dawg
Aww its not just beer we have diet drinks for those who cant consume alcohol..


28 posted on 01/30/2008 7:52:13 PM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: ECM

He sure is, daer God please do not let him become President.


29 posted on 01/30/2008 7:57:52 PM PST by Brandie (Donate To Free Republic! 1st for Hunter, then gone, VOTED for Fred then he is gone. Now for Romney!)
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To: Clintonfatigued
A strong conservative running mate and a commitment on Supreme Court judges would help McCain immensely.

No it wouldn't. The conservative running mate would have no influence on McCain. The commitment would be a lie.

30 posted on 01/30/2008 8:25:23 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: italianquaker

“I am not sure, what he loses with conservatives he picks up with indies and hispanics”

Next November, when the rubber meets the road, the indies and hispanics will swing back to their natural home which is the Dem party. Remember, McCain will have to shore up his base, or at least try to, but Hillary has her base intact, so she will be able to run to the center to lure the indies back. Conservatives will know that whatever McCain promises, he doesn’t mean a word of it, and a percentage will stay home. It won’t take many in key states to tank McCain.

I’m in Florida, and I’ve been polling my friends. I haven’t found one Romney supporter yet who has said they will vote for McCain in the general. They are all talking about sitting home. People are shocked and angry that McCain might get the nomination, and without the base, McCain’s toast.


31 posted on 01/31/2008 6:51:06 AM PST by LadyNavyVet (I don't vote for Democrats, and that includes John McCain.)
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To: LadyNavyVet

I dont agree but we will see


32 posted on 01/31/2008 6:56:40 AM PST by italianquaker (Is there anything Ron Paul doesn't blame the USA for?)
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To: italianquaker
I am not sure, what he loses with conservatives he picks up with indies and hispanics

Yes and no. Maybe indies, but not hispanics. This is just scary for the conservatives because we have just been ghost since '04 Actually, the numbnuts indies could really end up electing McPainintheass. Folks these people are clueless!! I don't think they will vote for Hillary or Obama over McPita, now. The DBM/dems will hang him out to dry, but it might not be enough to elect any dem over this disloyal, liberal, rage filled prick.

It's a sad state of affairs for conservatives, but we have no one to blame but ourselves.

33 posted on 01/31/2008 3:16:47 PM PST by sirchtruth (No one has the RIGHT not to be offended...)
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To: sirchtruth

Your right look how Pombo in California wasnt supported


34 posted on 01/31/2008 3:34:14 PM PST by italianquaker (I will vote for Bozo the Clown instead of hillary and obama hussein barrack)
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To: ECM

Mac is basically a Bob Dole re-run....


35 posted on 01/31/2008 3:40:02 PM PST by mo
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To: Clintonfatigued
A strong conservative running mate and a commitment on Supreme Court judges would help McCain immensely.

McCain is in the wrong party. I will under no circumstances vote for him. Mark my words and hold me to them.

36 posted on 01/31/2008 8:30:55 PM PST by Barnacle
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To: Clintonfatigued

There’s nothing that John McCain can do to truly get my vote! John McCain has damaged conservatism to much on too many issues for too many years and counting!


37 posted on 01/31/2008 8:37:14 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore
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To: mo
"Mac is basically a Bob Dole re-run...."

. . . OR...To quote Ann Coulter (Jan 24, 08):

"John McCain is Bob Dole minus the charm, conservatism and youth."

38 posted on 01/31/2008 8:42:30 PM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Stand Watch Listen

Yeah...I also find it peculiar that SOMEHOW BOTH Clintoons have managed to “arrange” such opposition...its unearthly.....


39 posted on 02/02/2008 5:55:59 AM PST by mo
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