Skip to comments.The Revenge Candidate? by Monica Crowley
Posted on 02/21/2008 7:41:12 AM PST by K-oneTexas
The Revenge Candidate? by Monica Crowley
Contrary to popular conservative myth, the nomination of John McCain did not materialize out of thin air. It didnt result from a liberal conspiracy, it wasnt the moderates fault, and he didnt just stumble into it.
Here are five semi-counterintuitive reasons why McCain will be giving the Big Speech in Minneapolis on Labor Day:
1. While conservatives were off flirting with every Rudy, Fred, and Huck, the Nice Guy, Mitt, waited patiently, holding a bouquet. By the time we realized the Flash in the Pan Guys werent the ones to bring home to mom, it was too late for the Nice Guy. And the Bad Boy already had the ticket to the Big Dance.
2. A lot of people have actually voted for McCain, and they werent just moderates and Independents. Enough Republicans have voted for him to give him the nomination -- and yes, a decent number of conservatives have too.
3. Iraq. McCain staked his entire presidential campaign on supporting the presidents policy in Iraq, and then put his ambitions further out on a scrawny limb by supporting the troop surge -- when most politicians, including Republicans, were openly skeptical. It was a huge gamble, and it paid off.
4. A twenty-five year-long conservative (yes, conservative) record. The reason so many Republicans have been voting for McCain is not because hes a wild-eyed liberal. It is true that over the past eight or so years, McCain has been off the conservative reservation on a number of key issues. He has relished sticking it to conservatives on tax cuts, illegal immigration, campaign finance, Guantanamo, etc.
But McCains problem isnt that hes a leftie. Its that hes unpredictable. Conservatives -- like most other voters -- want to know what kind of president their candidate will be. Thats awfully hard to do with McCain -- except if we take a step back and look at his longer history. For almost three decades, hes been a fierce tax cutter, budget slasher, national defense hawk, and pro-life warrior. Hes come around on the Bush tax cuts and (at least somewhat, albeit begrudgingly) on illegal immigration. On the other issues bothersome to conservatives, lets remember that Ronald Reagan raised taxes, withdrew from Lebanon after the terrorist attack against our Marines, signed a hugely destructive amnesty bill, and wanted to offer total nuclear disarmament to the Soviets. Even Reagan wasnt Reagan.
5. Finally, the 2000 election is proving more seminal -- and in a different way -- than anybody thought. Most people assumed Al Gore would get in the race, and that hed be the immediate Democratic frontrunner because of the Revenge Vote. Most Democrats think he wuz robbed in 2000, the election stolen from him by George W. Bush. Last year, they were full of old anger and ready to extract their revenge. Then Gore didnt get in, and that was the end of any talk about a Revenge Vote.
But we should also think of McCain in that context. In the 2000 election, it wasnt just Gore who people thought got robbed. It was McCain too. He won the New Hampshire primary. The Straight Talk Express was rolling along toward the nomination, when whammo! The Bush team clubbed him in South Carolina, and that was the end of the McCain juggernaut.
What you see in his nomination is at least partly, the Revenge Vote. There are a lot of Republicans, moderates, Independents, even Democrats, who like McCain and thought he wuz robbed in 2000. Here comes another chance to support him, to right a wrong, to even erase to some extent the Bush years by rewarding McCain.
If this sounds farfetched, remember that voting is an emotional act. Yes, its an intellectual exercise and yes, its grounded in core beliefs. But its also -- perhaps more so -- emotional. Of those running, whom do you like the most? Whom do you respect? Whom do you trust? Whom do you want in your living room for four years? Whom do you want ordering your sons and daughters and sisters and brothers into combat?
Voting is about feeling, which is why the idea of the Revenge Vote is so important. Voting is impulsive -- at the same time its thought out. You may agree with Hillary Clinton but feel shes a conniving hydra-headed monster. You may like Barack Obama but feel hes not ready for primetime. You may respect John McCain but feel hes not an authentic conservative. Emotional arguments can be made against all of the candidates -- and for them too. And thats just it: we think were thinking through all of the important issues and making detached, dispassionate judgments. But the truth is were not as dispassionate as we think.
On election day, were not just voting with our heads. Were voting with our hearts too -- or maybe more accurately, our guts. And sometimes, if not most of the time, our guts do the leading.
Behold, John McCain.
Monica Crowley, Ph.D., is a nationally syndicated radio host and television commentator. She has also written for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun and The New York Post. www.monicamemo.com
But he’s still a loser.
Back to your regularly scheduled thread.
I'd like to see a way to vote for McCain, but I can't get his finger out of my eye.
Whoa! Feel free to interrupt any time with quality posts.
My BS meter pegged on that sentence.
Dang. Actually, I think it melted...
I pulled his knife out of my back but I cannot stop the bleeding. Getting weaker ... getting we....
My ... my ... they are getting inventive, aren't they?
I havn’t even voted yet, and surely won’t be for McCain.
Yeah, anything they can do. What an awful election year.
Off topic but I saw Monica on with John Gibson yesterday. Lookin goood.
I don’t agree that his lifetime conservative score is more relevant than his CURRENT conservative score.
I think the article skips over the party insiders and back dealings that played this game.
We should even revisit the whole concept of Thompson as a vote splitter for McCain.
I like Monica but how did she get a Ph.D. with that kind of thinking? McCain got the nomination out of revenge that the evil george bush stole the election from him in 2000? Did anyone here vote for McCain to right this wrong?
>> While conservatives were off flirting with every Rudy, Fred, and Huck, the Nice Guy, Mitt, waited patiently, holding a bouquet. By the time we realized the Flash in the Pan Guys werent the ones to bring home to mom, it was too late for the Nice Guy. And the Bad Boy already had the ticket to the Big Dance.
This woman is a PhD professional? Pathetic.
But, Not guilty!
Another one of the Republican elites, pandering for their appointment in the McCain Administration. (Not!)
No, Monica the PhD. McCain was identified by the voters in 2000, if not by the morons like you on the Straight Talk Express bus, that he was not a reliable conservative and an arrogant self-righteous SOB on top of that.
McCain is where he is because of some media manipulation that devalued the other candidates, a large field that diluted and distributed the conservative vote (he never got more than 50% in competitive races), and a winner-take-all system (Republicans could learn from the Dems here) that gave him 100% of the delegates even if he won by 1% of the vote.
Monica, don't give up your day job waiting for that appointment in the McCain Administration. He is going down in flames. Let's hope he doesn't take the rest of the party, more importantly some of the good conservatives, with him.
Well, like the old recruiting poster sez, “We Build MEN!”
Yes, yes, but remember, ya gotta have something to begin building with....
She may look good, but she’s full of crap. In the first place, she’s completely wring about Conservatives “...not knowing what McAmnesty will do”. We know PERFECTLY WELL what McCain does. He telegraphs it from afar.
She also lies about his being “a Conservative”. There is NOTHING conservative about him! It’s an insult to real conservatives to say blatant lies like that.
The only woman on cable news who knows her stuff is Michelle Malkin, but the big wigs are afraid of giving her her own show...
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