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The Olson Of Economic Endorsements? (Steve Forbes Now Endorses McCain Too)
Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 02, 2008 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 02/02/2008 8:53:10 AM PST by jdm

When Rudy Giuliani left the race and threw his support behind John McCain, people wondered whether it would have much effect on the race. After all, the Mayor had faded badly in the Republican primaries after utilizing a strategy that made him largely irrelevant in the national media. However, Rudy brought two other endorsements that could help build bridges with disaffected conservatives if McCain wins the nomination. First came Ted Olson to provide reassurance on judicial nominations, and today Steve Forbes endorsed McCain, perhaps addressing his self-professed weakness on economics:

U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today announced that Steve Forbes has endorsed John McCain for president.

"More and more Americans will be impressed by John McCain's efforts to reform our convoluted, growth retarding, anti-opportunity tax code." said Mr. Forbes. "He understands that dollars and decisions are best left to hard-working Americans. John McCain's pro-growth plan to cut taxes, stop wasteful spending and reform our healthcare system will secure our nation's prosperity for generations to come. He is the best candidate to ensure our economic and national security. I look forward to working with him in the days ahead."

John McCain thanked Mr. Forbes, stating, "Steve has been a major contributor to the tax reform movement in our country. He is a successful business leader and an effective advocate for reducing the burden of a heavy-handed government. I appreciate Steve's advice and counsel on the important economic issues facing our nation, and I am grateful to have him on our team."

The same subtle difference exists with the Forbes endorsement as with the Olson endorsement two days ago. Rudy didn't just have their endorsements, but had them on advisory panels that implied much closer ties to the policies of the two experts. Olson would have recruited and suggested potential nominees to the bench, and Forbes would have been directly involved in economic policymaking in a Giuliani administration. So far, the McCain campaign has elevated either to that level in their organization, at least not that we've heard.

Still, the Forbes nomination may go a long way towards convincing at least the fiscal conservatives to go with McCain in the general election -- and that seems to be the contest on which McCain's focused. The bitterness between McCain and movement conservatives has to worry McCain for his prospects in a national election. Gaining Olson and Forbes, and agreeing to appear at CPAC next week, all seem very deliberate moves towards convincing the base that they have little to fear from a McCain presidency.

Will it work? It probably will have no effect on the primary. Conservatives who have felt his scorn in the past will not rally to his cause on Super Tuesday or in the primaries beyond. However, with Olson and Forbes on board in the event he wins the nomination, McCain can argue that he will fight for conservatives in the most important arenas -- foreign policy, fiscal discipline, free-market economics, and judicial nominations. In that sense, the Forbes endorsement could be pivotal to McCain.

UPDATE: CapQ reader Sandeep Dath informs me that Ted Olson has become McCain's co-chair on his advisory panel on judicial nominations. That's a smart move, again more for a potential general-election run than for any effect on the primaries.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2008endorsements; johnmccain; rinosall; steveforbes; tedolson

1 posted on 02/02/2008 8:53:12 AM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

I would really like to see some speeches about ideas rather than endorsements.


2 posted on 02/02/2008 8:55:33 AM PST by keepitreal ( John McCain: Foot soldier of the Reagan Revolution who went AWOL)
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To: jdm

I now hear that Ralph Nader is also thinking about running.


3 posted on 02/02/2008 8:59:14 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: jdm
Clever of McCain to let Jack Kemp write his tax policy. Seems the Party Uber Alles types are assuming a McCain Administration would fight with McCain’s buddies Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Russ Feingold to get this thur a hostile Congress.

There is a suckers bet if ever there was once.

4 posted on 02/02/2008 9:01:03 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Instead of "Swift Boaters", 2008 Democrats have "Short Bussers"-Freeper Sax)
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To: keepitreal

even blood oaths wouldn’t do it for me


6 posted on 02/02/2008 9:03:02 AM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: jdm

Steve Forbes is a Republican “elitist” who is for amnesty for illegal immigrants for cheap labor purposes, and this is why he’s for John McCain!


7 posted on 02/02/2008 9:05:13 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore
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To: jdm

I’m trying to understand why Ted Olson has been proclaimed as some great conservative. He has long supported California RINOs like Tom Campbell and Dan Lungren and seems to throw cash at folks like Arlen Specter, Susan Collins, Spencer Abraham and Bud Shuster . He may be a great attorney, but his preference in politicians stinks.


8 posted on 02/02/2008 9:06:33 AM PST by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: calcowgirl

it is over.
mccain is the nominee and i am throwing my towel in with ann coulter.
mccain is old, unattrctive, has a very disturbing personality and he is has stuck a dagger into conservatives hearts for too many years.


9 posted on 02/02/2008 9:11:00 AM PST by genghis
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To: jdm; All
I was just watching the Fox Business Block and saw Forbes's support for McCain. Troubling was, however, the many pundits on that show who use the phrase, "Who is better suited to run the economy?" when referring to McCain or Romney. Since when does a president run an economy? For that matter, when does a congress run an economy? -- a much better question but still misses the mark (but perhaps hits the Marx).

Individual people run an economy -- these people are consumers, suppliers, and many times fill both roles. Government officials place hurdles in an economy and make it more difficult for the people to 'run it'. A best case scenario is that a congress removes hurdles but it typically does not do this because the electorate is dumb enough to believe that government is responsible for job creation, GDP growth, and the health of the economy that THE ELECORATE are, in fact, really running themselves. The only thing a president can do is make it harder for the congress to add to or clear the hurdles on the 'run track'.

For Fox to perpetuate such language is a disservice. For people like Steve Forbes, himself, to allow for the king of language to be used without correcting it on the spot, just shows how dumbed-down we've become and just how much proper education we'll need to get us back to where we should be.

10 posted on 02/02/2008 9:12:06 AM PST by LowCountryJoe (Do class-warfare and disdain of laissez-faire have their places in today's GOP?)
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To: genghis

Boycott all people endorsing McCain. Thats what I feel like doing.


11 posted on 02/02/2008 9:12:52 AM PST by Brimack34
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To: jdm

I guess Steve Forbes is bored with publishing and wants a cabinet job.


12 posted on 02/02/2008 9:13:35 AM PST by devere
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To: genghis
mccain is the nominee and i am throwing my towel in with ann coulter.

And, like she says she will do, vote for H. Clinton if McCain is the Rublican nominee?

13 posted on 02/02/2008 9:14:12 AM PST by LowCountryJoe (Do class-warfare and disdain of laissez-faire have their places in today's GOP?)
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To: jdm

**Still, the Forbes nomination may go a long way towards convincing at least the fiscal conservatives to go with McCain in the general election — and that seems to be the contest on which McCain’s focused. **

Let’s follow this.


14 posted on 02/02/2008 9:17:49 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: jdm

Whoopdee Freakin’ Doo!! Another Country Club Republican!


15 posted on 02/02/2008 9:31:27 AM PST by Dscott_FR (Right Wing Extremist and proud of it!!)
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To: jdm

 

 

16 posted on 02/02/2008 9:33:22 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Salvation

Forbes was just on Forbes on fox, explaining his reasons.

Basically, he feels McCain “gets it” on fiscal theory, and said he has surrounding himself with conservative economic theorists. He said that the “bullheadedness” McCain often exhibits, he will apply to cutting taxes and spending.


17 posted on 02/02/2008 9:33:56 AM PST by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: jdm

Maybe Forbes can help McCain’s broke campaign, but smart, fiscal conservatives will get behind Romney. No smart upper management type will want to see a flat broke and busted McCain going up against a well financed Hillary or Obama. They will ruin him.


18 posted on 02/02/2008 9:34:03 AM PST by pallis
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To: devere
I tend to agree with you
Larry Kudlow sounded surprisingly positive on McCain also.
I think some people who endorse McCain know how vindictive the man is and if they want to have any standing left during a McCain presidency they feel the need to get behind McCain now.
I hope I am wrong about this, because it would not speak well of their convictions and I would have lost respect for a people I used to admire
In a way I am starting to agree with Ann Coulter in supporting Hillary.
If McCain loses we will have a golden opportunity to clean house in the Republican party and chase John McCain and his followers out of the party and start from scratch
If he wins we will have a messed up party for many more years to come.
fortress
19 posted on 02/02/2008 9:34:17 AM PST by fortress
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To: genghis
mccain is the nominee and i am throwing my towel in with ann coulter

What's this about Ann Coulter in a towel??

20 posted on 02/02/2008 9:38:41 AM PST by mikrofon
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To: jdm

I’d like to know why Olsen purposely did not endorse Romney.
I’d like to know why Forbes purposely did not endorse Romney.

There is a story there. And it doesn’t speak well of Romney.


21 posted on 02/02/2008 9:40:00 AM PST by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

“I’d like to know why Olsen purposely did not endorse Romney.
I’d like to know why Forbes purposely did not endorse Romney.
There is a story there. And it doesn’t speak well of Romney.”

The story is they think Romney is losing and McCain is winning, and they want to line up a job working for President McCain. Do you really think that Steve Forbes admires John McCain’s economic policies? lol!!


22 posted on 02/02/2008 9:45:27 AM PST by devere
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To: fortress
Larry Kudlow sounded surprisingly positive on McCain also

If that blowhard, Kudlow, is supporting him and I agree that he is, then that is another reason to oppose McCain.

23 posted on 02/02/2008 9:51:40 AM PST by jubail
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To: jdm
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24 posted on 02/02/2008 9:51:48 AM PST by littlehouse36 (Why be Europe?)
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To: jdm

Poor Willard!

Nobody likes him.


25 posted on 02/02/2008 9:53:12 AM PST by Petronski (I didn't leave the GOP. The GOP left me.)
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To: jdm

Steve Forbes support will help McCain as much as it helped Rudy. It will get McCain one vote, Steve Forbes vote.


26 posted on 02/02/2008 9:54:24 AM PST by jubail
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To: devere; ElkGroveDan; calcowgirl; Ping; Anybody; Everybody
"Do you really think that Steve Forbes admires John McCain’s economic policies? lol!!"

Of course not! But It looks to me like the Repellican Party is being driven down to another Bob Dole defeat by these ridiculous notorious endorsements!!!

They're causing this party to live up to all those crude comments like circular firing squad, stupid party, etc., etc... ridicule, or self-destruction is getting to be the only stopper of this snowballing!!! (Frosty old John is "snowballing" the Republicans)(oh my that's "cold!")

27 posted on 02/02/2008 9:55:02 AM PST by SierraWasp (Please vote NO! On all CA propositions.until further notice... Especially Schwartzenswindler's!!!)
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To: genghis

To: sevenbak

McCain is the Democrats’ “Trojan Horse” in the Republican Party..

20 posted on 02/01/2008 7:58:32 PM PST by citizencon


28 posted on 02/02/2008 9:58:03 AM PST by La Enchiladita (I'm on the Mitt-Mobile!!!)
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To: SierraWasp

Take a look:

http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/166511.aspx

1994 Flyer Reveals Romney’s Conservative Positions
May 29, 2007

A lot has been made of Mitt Romney’s 1994 positions on gay rights and abortion. We’ve heard the flip flop charge before. But what hasn’t been well publicized is the following campaign flyer from 1994. Take a look below.


29 posted on 02/02/2008 9:59:04 AM PST by AuntB (" DON'T LET THE PRESS PICK YOUR CANDIDATE!" Mrs. Duncan Hunter 1/5/08)
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To: jdm

It’s all about CHEAP MEXICAN LABOR and the belief that the economy would fall without it.


30 posted on 02/02/2008 10:03:34 AM PST by Poincare (Hope is nostalgia for the future.)
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To: jdm

Every political parasite in the country is now hitching his wagon to the McCain convoy, hoping for a job in the administration (or at least a favor or two). If just one of these embarrassing punks was sincere, he would have offered his endorsement a month or two ago. As these endorsements come forth now, I know who to respect and who to loathe.


31 posted on 02/02/2008 10:04:33 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: jdm

Steve Forbes is a socially liberal, pro amnesty country club Republican. His sole concern is wealth, period. This isn’t going to sway conservatives one whit.


32 posted on 02/02/2008 10:12:00 AM PST by DesScorp
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To: LowCountryJoe

“And, like she says she will do, vote for H. Clinton if McCain is the Rublican nominee?”

I’m going to send a message by writing in Fred Thompson. When the GOP is defeated...and we will be....we at least need to send the message that only conservatives are acceptable, and we won’t support RINO’s no matter how much the establishment tries to shove them down our throats. This election seems a lot like 1976, when the popular conservative (Reagan) was shoved aside for the “moderate” establishment guy that tried to “reach out” to Democrats. That got us Jimmy Carter, and we’re about to get Barack Obama. Let us pray its only for four years.


33 posted on 02/02/2008 10:15:55 AM PST by DesScorp
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To: AuntB

While I appreciate the post and the flier presented, it dawns on me that he didn’t even adhere to what he said he believed in. For one, look at that government healthcare plan. Before you remind me that it is privately run, please tell me who pays for the hundreds of thousands who are poor. The state does, and it passes that fee on to the citizens of the state.

It forces a mandate on the state’s resident. It demands businesses provide certain healthcare programs and demands the private citizen comply or else.

This guy doesn’t even believe himself. Why should I?


34 posted on 02/02/2008 11:52:47 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Wanted: Party, f/t, cons, refs g/b 20yrs, no RINOs, no amnesty sptrs, 1 vote per 4 yrs negotiable)
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To: AuntB

There’s nothing like a little debate in a campaign for US Senate later in that same year, October, 1994, to bring out the liberal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9IJUkYUbvI&feature=related


35 posted on 02/02/2008 12:04:17 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: calcowgirl

Forbes and Olsen both endorsed Rudy, so why wouldn’t they also go for McCain the RINO?


36 posted on 02/02/2008 12:05:59 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: devere

“...they want to line up a job working for President McCain. Do you really think that Steve Forbes admires John McCain’s economic policies? lol!!”

I could very well ask you the same exact question about
all the high profile endorsers of Mitt. They are lining up
for a job to be in his cabinet, right?

I do not know why Steve Forbes is endorsing McCain. I don’t
think he cares about the cabinet - he’s as rich as Romney
and can do what he wishes. But who knows? Here is his official
statement endorsing McCain:

““More and more Americans will be impressed by John McCain’s efforts to reform our convoluted, growth-retarding, anti-opportunity tax code,” Forbes said in a statement released by the McCain campaign.

“He understands that dollars and decisions are best left to hard-working Americans. John McCain’s pro-growth plan to cut taxes, stop wasteful spending and reform our health care system will secure our nation’s prosperity for generations to come,” Forbes added. “He is the best candidate to ensure our economic and national security.””

I take him at his word.


37 posted on 02/02/2008 12:11:03 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: AuntB; Ping; Anybody; Everybody; All
I took a look and I like what I see!

I voted for Romney this past week. Not because I think he's the greatest in every regard, but because he's closest to my views out of who's left to vote for! That's about all there is to it!!!

38 posted on 02/02/2008 1:20:39 PM PST by SierraWasp (Please vote NO! On all CA propositions.until further notice... Especially Schwartzenswindler's!!!)
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To: SierraWasp

Yep.


39 posted on 02/02/2008 2:46:46 PM PST by AuntB (" DON'T LET THE PRESS PICK YOUR CANDIDATE!" Mrs. Duncan Hunter 1/5/08)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

McCain is the insider’s candidate, the anointed one. All must now pay respects and kiss his ring, or show themselves to be less than trustworthy team players.

Why is McCain, of all people, the insider’s candidate you ask? Because he stuck his neck out and put his name on the amnesty bill, something all big money Party men wanted, an insider’s wet dream.


40 posted on 02/02/2008 8:28:11 PM PST by claudiustg (Sic Semper Tyrannus)
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To: calcowgirl
Hmmm ... interesting. Thanks for posting that.

My estimation of the value of Olson's endorsement just dropped a notch.

41 posted on 02/03/2008 3:44:50 AM PST by ThePythonicCow (The Greens and Reds steal in fear of freedom and capitalism; Fear arising from a lack of Faith.)
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To: calcowgirl

because of his role in the 2000 election fiasco, and probably due to his wife being murdered on 9/11.


42 posted on 02/03/2008 3:49:59 AM PST by AKSurprise (" I’d rather get 80% of what I want than to go over the cliff with my flag flying." -Ronald Reagan-)
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