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Nary a prayer for genuine conservatives McCain's Republican in name only
Boston Herald ^ | January 31, 2008 | Michael Graham

Posted on 01/31/2008 4:02:35 AM PST by suspects

Conservatives, you might as well put down the prayer book and pick up the Pepto-Bismol. The Republican presidential race is over. Done.

Stick a fork in Mitt Romney and his millions. Florida is the new South Carolina, and the same brilliant voters who couldn’t read a butterfly ballot in 2000 have anointed the next Republican nominee.

My fingers sear with pain as I write this, but the nominee presumptive of the Republican Party - less than four years after almost running for vice president as a Democrat - is . . . is . . .

Well, you know who it is.

I need a drink.

Yes, on Tuesday I will trudge to the polls and cast my meaningless vote for any other Republican still on the ballot, up to and including Ron Paul, assuming, that is, that agents of the Council on Foreign Relations don’t flatten my tires.

But it will be an act of futile protest. John McCain, with Mayor Giuliani’s backing (et tu, Rudy?), will run the table from Connecticut to California on Tuesday. Romney will be stuck with the scraps - Utah, Massachusetts, maybe Colorado. But he won’t win enough states to stop the Open Borders Express. And, besides, the media will magnify every McCain victory and minimize any Mitt success.

McCain has always been the favorite Republican of The New York Times [NYT].

It will take a few more weeks for McCain to win the 1,191 delegates needed for the nomination, but he has already won the most important prize in GOP presidential politics: inevitability. Tuesday is a mere formality.

And he never won more than one-third of the Republican vote in any state.

How did a Scoop Jackson Democrat win the GOP nomination?

He didn’t.

Everyone else lost it.

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...


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KEYWORDS: conservative; handwringing; mccain; republican; romney
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1 posted on 01/31/2008 4:02:41 AM PST by suspects
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To: suspects
It ain't over til it's over.
We're rallying the troops to Stop McCain-Kennedy '08.

Pass this along to all your friends:



 

2 posted on 01/31/2008 4:05:59 AM PST by counterpunch (McCain/Kennedy '08)
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To: suspects
A nice right on the point article. Nearly the Dim VP, now the RINOcrat Socialist Party’s nominee. As I have said here a million times, THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE in either of them. So, go ahead, VOTE for the worse of two evils. In this case, THERE IS NO WORSE OF THE TWO EVILS. McScream is a socialist, marxist, homo loving, big government, DIMOCRAT in RINOcrat clothing. Enjoy. That is what you asked for. The lesser of the two evils.
3 posted on 01/31/2008 4:06:22 AM PST by RetiredArmy (America wants socialism. It wants it all for free. It wants the government to provide all.)
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To: suspects

4 posted on 01/31/2008 4:06:29 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: suspects
"Stick a fork in Mitt Romney and his millions."

Fork off, Mr. Graham. Shove it!

5 posted on 01/31/2008 4:07:53 AM PST by period end of story
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To: suspects

I am not that pessimistic. I will concede that McCain will be the big winner Tuesday..with states like CT, IL, NY, NJ and probably alot of CA going to him. I just hope Romney will continue to stay in the race after Huck leaves which will leave it a two man race for more conservative states down the road.


6 posted on 01/31/2008 4:09:05 AM PST by Fast Ed97 (Trad Catholic supporting a Mormon for Prez!)
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To: suspects

When Michael Graham was on WMAL in DC, he tended to be a little emotional. Seems he hasn’t changed much.


7 posted on 01/31/2008 4:09:45 AM PST by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

We got Reagan after Carter. We could get a real Republican after McCain loses and Shillary screws up the country for four years. It’s a high price, but most of the Republicans I know simply will not vote for McCain under any circumstance.


8 posted on 01/31/2008 4:10:33 AM PST by farmer18th
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To: suspects

I’m not giving up. Romney can still win.


9 posted on 01/31/2008 4:10:46 AM PST by gruna
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To: suspects

Good article until I got to the end.

No McCain, ever.


10 posted on 01/31/2008 4:12:36 AM PST by dforest (Don't even ask me to vote for McCain, Rudy, or Huckster.)
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To: Fast Ed97

Romney did well in the debate last night. He needs to go after McCain harder, and before Tuesday.


11 posted on 01/31/2008 4:13:48 AM PST by period end of story
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To: gruna

i believe there is still time to unite behind Romney as only some 200+ delegates are locked in. unless of course voting doesn’t count any more! but people are going to have to give up their Huckabee delusion.


12 posted on 01/31/2008 4:14:12 AM PST by avital2
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To: suspects

He said in the article that McCain never got more than a third of the votes in any primary. (Actually 36% in FL). That means 64% voted against him. How can McCain get the nomination? Once Huckabee drops out, most of his voters will go to Romney.

The conservatives have got to coalesce around Romney. It seems clear he is preferable to McCain.


13 posted on 01/31/2008 4:16:19 AM PST by Forgiven_Sinner (For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not die)
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To: suspects

“assuming, that is, that agents of the Council on Foreign Relations don’t flatten my tires.”

Cha Ching!


14 posted on 01/31/2008 4:20:10 AM PST by wolfcreek (The Status Quo Sucks!)
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To: suspects
It's not over until the last vote is cast.

Not a Romney supporter, just pointing that out. I can't stand to see defeatism, even in a contest that I'm not really interested in.
15 posted on 01/31/2008 4:24:09 AM PST by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: avital2
but people are going to have to give up their Huckabee delusion.

Huckabee was just a tool to sow seeds of doubt among Iowa evangelicals and keep them from going to Romney. In retrospect it's hard for me not to conclude that conservatives were simply "had".

16 posted on 01/31/2008 4:24:18 AM PST by rhombus
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To: Forgiven_Sinner
Once Huckabee drops out, most of his voters will go to Romney.

Actually I was surprised at polling that said the Huckabee voters would move to McCain and the Giuliani voters would go to Romney despite Rudy's endorsement of old Juan McQueeg. Says something about Huckabee voters.

17 posted on 01/31/2008 4:27:56 AM PST by Poincare (Hope is nostalgia for the future.)
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To: avital2

Exactly. Conservatives have to unite behind either Romney or Huckabee, and the choice between the two should be obvious. The combined votes of the two are trouncing McCain, but McCain is winning because splitting the conservative vote allows liberals and moderates to push him to a narrow win.


18 posted on 01/31/2008 4:28:56 AM PST by gruna
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To: Forgiven_Sinner

You would think it would be obvious to conservatives that you are correct.


19 posted on 01/31/2008 4:31:53 AM PST by gruna
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To: suspects

A vote for McCain is a vote against the United States of America.


20 posted on 01/31/2008 4:32:27 AM PST by reasonisfaith (Donating to Fred Thompson is the antidote to media bias.)
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To: rhombus

exactly - right now Huckabee is a beard for McCain. i don’t doubt that a deal has been made. so nice for McCain to continue to have the conservative vote split.


21 posted on 01/31/2008 4:34:31 AM PST by avital2
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To: indylindy
So the author believes with Hillary as the opponent we'll have unite around McCain. I'm with you. The author is an out of touch media elitist clown.


22 posted on 01/31/2008 4:35:06 AM PST by drpix
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To: suspects; SilvieWaldorfMD

Sad but true, Michael! I’m writing in my vote for Mickey Mouse...!


23 posted on 01/31/2008 4:36:35 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (“We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!” --Duncan Hunter)
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To: indylindy
CORRECTION: we'll have unite = we'll have to unite
24 posted on 01/31/2008 4:37:02 AM PST by drpix
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To: suspects

Intentionally lax voter registration laws and enforcement in a couple or three of the early primary States have allowed Dimocrats and other liberals to place crossover votes for McCain.

I believe crossover voting has been large enough to have made a difference in the outcomes.


25 posted on 01/31/2008 4:37:13 AM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: SubMareener; All
FReeper 'suspects' IS Michael Graham, just so you know...
26 posted on 01/31/2008 4:37:56 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (“We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!” --Duncan Hunter)
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To: counterpunch

Assuming McAmnesty wins, I will not vote for him. Is there any good, conservative 3rd party candidates ? I can’t go libertarian - their view on WOT is skewed. No way to greeno pinko party. Don’t know anything about Constitution Party - although the name sounds good.


27 posted on 01/31/2008 4:38:37 AM PST by stratboy
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To: suspects
He might - might - give lip service to unity, but soon he’ll be back to dissin’ Justice Alito and comparing supporters of border security to Jim Crow southerners.

Yep.
28 posted on 01/31/2008 4:40:48 AM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: suspects

Have you thought about how this happened? The majority of onservatives really aren’t conservative. They are the stepchildren of the public education system and popular media. We the Sheeple no longer knows how the system is supposed to work, so they trade freedom for security.


29 posted on 01/31/2008 4:42:25 AM PST by GingisK
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To: gruna
I’m not giving up. Romney can still win.

Yes he can if he really shows that he hasn't given up and fights for it to the end.

I would show love to see McCain have this snatched from his grasping hands!

30 posted on 01/31/2008 4:43:59 AM PST by fortheDeclaration ("Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people".-John Adams)
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To: avital2

Splitting the conservative vote and turning “the three pillars” against one other was the goal from the beginning. We wasted so much time screaming at each other about “who is the real conservative”... and now, I have to agree with Michael Graham, it’s too late.


31 posted on 01/31/2008 4:44:04 AM PST by rhombus
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To: Fast Ed97

It’s going to be over after Tuesday barring something unexpected happening to Mc Cain.


32 posted on 01/31/2008 4:45:38 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: suspects

HOGWASH!


33 posted on 01/31/2008 4:46:43 AM PST by ItsForTheChildren
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To: rhombus

then the media decides it’s too late, and voting is meaningless? gee, i hope not.


34 posted on 01/31/2008 4:47:09 AM PST by avital2
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To: avital2

Don’t get me wrong - please vote if you haven’t already. But there really are only three choices: McCain, Romney or voting “to win by losing” which includes Thompson voters, Paul voters and Huckabee voters. These voters are counting on Hillary.


35 posted on 01/31/2008 4:51:39 AM PST by rhombus
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To: Fast Ed97

Romney’s balanced approach last night was less about next Tuesday and more about the following:

1. defending his honor against the ugly and distorted attack regarding Iraq “timetables”

2. demonstrating to conservatives that McCain has no intention of trying to meet conservatives half-way (“choose patriotism over profit”)

3. revealing to the GOP faithful and power brokers from coast to coast that they are on the precipice of disaster by nominating McCain. This Johnny One-Note looked and sounded like a tired Vaudeville act, complemented by narcissism and self-righteous attacks when cornered. We have a loser on our hands, and McCain is compelled to rattle off stale names from the GOP sidelines just to prop up his own deficiencies. McCain will be a disaster in a debate against either Democrat, particularly Obama.

4. Romney is coolly positioning himself for a new run in 2012, b/c he knows that McCain is unelectable.

Final thought: I am reading a biography of Winston Churchill, in which he (Churchill) states unequivocally that the supreme qualification of a leader is temperament, not intellect. McCain did not pass the temperament test last night. He was volatile, defensive, snarky, narcissistic, and worse.


36 posted on 01/31/2008 4:53:01 AM PST by mwl1
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To: suspects
Every time we have one of these election cycles where we are really not given an honest conservative choice that lights our fire, Bob Dole in 1996, we’re told we have to hold our nose and vote for the lesser of two evils. And we do it. And the outcome is always the same.

Isn’t it about time THEY have to hold their noses and vote for someone like Mitt? Why is is always we conservatives that have to give in, let the more liberal wing of the party make the sacrifice for once.

I’m pretty sure the party elites are just as sure this time that they don’t have to worry about us, decide for us and then make us the bad guy when we don’t stand up to them. That’s how it’s always gone. We are basically team players and the liberal wing of our party takes advantage of that election after election.

The only thing that’s going to change that will be when we step back away from the process and let ‘em go it on their own. We need to agree that each of us who is making the stand will write-in the same name, Hunter, Thompson, whoever. Then when way more than enough votes to have won it for us, and spared the country another Clinton in the White House, go to this person the elite who have taken us for granted for so long will have no way to deny what happened.

I know how hard this will be, we are faithful voters and in the end it’s just not in our nature to do something that would help our party lose the election. But if we don’t, we’re doomed to these Ground Hog Day election cycles forever.

37 posted on 01/31/2008 4:53:55 AM PST by jwparkerjr (Sigh . . .)
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To: rhombus

i will vote here in Cali on Tuesday and for Romney - and very glad i didn’t vote absentee since they found bags of same under freeway underpass a few years back, uncounted of course.


38 posted on 01/31/2008 4:54:32 AM PST by avital2
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To: suspects; All

Soccer Mom Voter 2000

Security Mom voter 2002

Nascar Dad voter 2004

P.O.’d about Immigration voter 2006

this election decider

Senile Senior voter 2008


39 posted on 01/31/2008 4:55:56 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: suspects

John McCain 95% Republican - 5% of the time!


40 posted on 01/31/2008 4:57:51 AM PST by engrpat
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To: jwparkerjr

i disagree - you shouldn’t stand back from the process but vow to insert yourself more actively into party politics in your locality going forward. this has to happen from the grass roots. no sense committing suicide in the meantime.


41 posted on 01/31/2008 4:58:14 AM PST by avital2
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To: avital2

why wouldn’t they just burn absentee votes? Or throw them in the trash? But put them under a freeway underpass? It sounds like someone wanted them found. Seems weird.


42 posted on 01/31/2008 4:58:56 AM PST by rhombus
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To: rhombus

the post office was at fault - not a political party.


43 posted on 01/31/2008 5:01:28 AM PST by avital2
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner; suspects

The sad truth is that a McCain vs. Hillary race is just screaming for a third pary candidate, which might just be Ron Paul. This is disturbing to me. Really, what the hell is going on in the great USA?

P.S. I just went to Disney World last week, Ridge, and we went to the new audio-animated Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom. I sat down and saw everyone from George Washington to George W. Bush and it just dawned one me: “Right next to Bush — that could be Hillary or McCain or Obama!”. Needless to say, I was so distraught that I told my husband & son that we should leave and go to the Haunted Mansion instead... at least the characters in the Haunted Mansion are more interesting...


44 posted on 01/31/2008 5:01:50 AM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (Hard lesson learned in the 1980's: "Never perm and dye your hair at the same time")
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To: drpix

LOL! That pic sums it up well.


45 posted on 01/31/2008 5:02:57 AM PST by CASchack
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To: suspects

This guy thinks McCain is just going to walk away with the nomination then he isn’t doesn’t know a great deal. I wouldn’t be so quick to count Huckabee out either. He will win most of the states that actually will go to Republicans in the general election. I am not sure what part of that the electorate and pundits aren’t understanding.


46 posted on 01/31/2008 5:08:37 AM PST by WildcatClan (The epitome of irony is that few entities exist, less common, than common-sense.)
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To: WildcatClan

Apparently I isn’t doesn’t either, heh


47 posted on 01/31/2008 5:10:48 AM PST by WildcatClan (The epitome of irony is that few entities exist, less common, than common-sense.)
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To: rhombus
McCain is NOT a choice.
I think "to win by losing" was the official Republican goal for 2008.

It sure wasn't mine.

48 posted on 01/31/2008 5:23:05 AM PST by norton (There is still no third choice - there is no longer any choice)
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To: norton
McCain is NOT a choice. I think "to win by losing" was the official Republican goal for 2008. It sure wasn't mine.

Shame on all of us for not seeing this coming last summer.

49 posted on 01/31/2008 5:28:04 AM PST by rhombus
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To: suspects

It’s hard to admit that I am, once again, politically irrelevant. I was politically irrelevant in the ‘60s and ‘70s and it was miserable watching the country go down hill like a snow-ball headed for Hell. I thought the Reagan revival would last longer than it did. But it didn’t and I am, once again, politically irrelevant.

There are many southern Democrats who intend to vote Republican this fall and their first choice is McCain. There are many southern Republicans who haven’t been paying attention to government and their first choice is McCain. McCain seems to be the choice of the uninformed and/or unconcerned.

If the loss of conservative voters doesn’t greatly exceed the Democrat voters gained then the Republican Party will still win most of the southern states. I believe that makes my vote irrelevant.

Oh well, the Mayan calendar ends in 4 years so whoever wins will only get one term anyway.


50 posted on 01/31/2008 5:34:39 AM PST by fewz (The "Stimulus Package" looks more like vote buying to me.)
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