Skip to comments.Can't Touch This: McCain does not act like a true conservative
Posted on 03/02/2008 10:58:52 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Its no secret that John McCain is disliked in conservative circles. Whether it is because of his pro-amnesty stance on illegal immigration, his reputed hotheaded temper when dealing with interns and staffers or the medias unexplainable fetish for covering the travels of the McCain Straight Talk Express bus, McCain has a definite problem proving to conservatives that he is one of them. The thing is, though, if you have to remind and prove to people that youre a conservative (or a liberal, for that matter), youre probably not one.
However, for one Cincinnati radio commentator, the final nail in the Straight Talk Expresss tire came last week. Enter Bill Cunningham, host of WLW 700s The Big Show with Bill Cunningham, on the AM dial. Cunningham, along with former Cincinnati-area Congressman Robert Portman, opened for McCains campaign stop in the Queen City last Tuesday. Cunningham, in a horrible act of insensitivity, said Obamas full name! Oh, my stars and garters. He called Obama Barack Hussein Obama instead of Barack Obama or, as it seems Democrats have taken to calling him, Messiah. As if that was not enough reason for Cunningham to commit hari-kari right then and there, he then went on to say that the media needs to stop coddling Obama and start to peel the bark off of him.
As soon as McCain left the stage, he spoke with his favorite supporters, the national media. In a move that did Casca and Cassius the prototypical back-stabbers from Shakespeares Julius Caesar proud, McCain denounced Cunningham, and assured the media that he had nothing but warm, fuzzy feelings for Senator Obama. Is this what someone who is trying to convince conservatives that he is one of them would do? Does John McCain even care about the fact that he needs the conservative Republican vote in order to win the election? Let me shake my Magic Eight Ball of Politics here Well, the answer it gave is all signs point to no. For both questions.
Really, it seems like the only issue on which McCain is conservative is the war in Iraq. He likes to call himself one of the foot soldiers in the Reagan Revolution, but what would the Gipper think of the McCain-Feingold laws restriction of political speech? Would Reagan applaud McCains global warming fear-mongering bill, the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act? How about McCains calculated opposition to President Bush that changed as soon as it became politically advantageous? Its things like this that make me wonder if McCain is an escapee from a mirror universe, one where conservatives are buddy-buddy with flaming liberals such as Obama and Clinton, the most widely recognized leader of the conservative movement would have liked cap-and-trade carbon credits and draconian arbitrary restrictions on political speech, and straight talk means saying whatever the audience wants to hear. If McCain ever decides to grow a beard, Ill be convinced that McCain is an evil mirror double. For now, however, itll have to remain a pet theory of mine.
John McCains strategy appears to go along the lines of Im going to win the Republican vote without getting the conservative vote. By constantly shifting his views with the tricky, fickle Independent winds, McCain is pinning his hopes on gaining more votes from the unwashed unaffiliated masses than hes lost from the conservative base. In essence, hes hoping to rob Peter to pay Paul. This is a bad strategy, one that may have worked in past years, but one that definitely wont fly in a race against the Democratic rock star, Barack No Middle Name Here Obama.
“even though that’s not the case, that’s good enough for me. I’m not going to abandon the troops just because McCain didn’t vote for every single tax cut.”
I will never forget, nor forgive the democrats betrayal of our troops on the battlefield.
And Obama chills me to the bone how far he will go to lower our defenses.
Funny how you McAmnesty supporters are so sure all the troops agree with you on McAmnesty.
Your Translation: I'm not going to abandon the troops just because McCain didn't vote for every single tax cut.
Reading Is FUNdamental!
“Funny how you McAmnesty supporters are so sure all the troops agree with you on McAmnesty.”
Who backstabbed them during this war?
Donald Rumsfeld might disagree.
but mccain also wants to
-balance the budget
-reform entitlements including social security, replacing it with private accounts
-abolish all corporate welfare
-is in favor of school choice
-wants a new tax code that you can fill out on a postcard
-wants to repeal the DC gun ban
- wants conservative judges like John Roberts on the SC
I care about all those things and I know I’m not going to get anything from Obama or Hillary.
well we know wesley clark supports hillary but...
Who are you voting for?
well we know wesley clark supports hillary's butt...
And you support McCains.
and you support...?
Conservatives for Senate and the House; either a write-in for the top slot, or else simply leave it blank altogether.
Ballots cast during any given election are not -- the huffy, red-faced insistings of McCain apologists notwithstanding -- fungible. Definition via link provided merely as a courtesy, in order to forestall the inevitable any-vote-for-anyone-not-named-McCain-is-really-just-a-vote-for-Hillary/Obama/Satan imbecility. You're welcome.
oh he hurt poor bill’s feeeeeelings. boo hoo. so sad.
I’m voting down ticket. To hell with rinos.
Nothing new for Johnnie, he’s never met a conservative he hasn’t stabbed.!
saying it won’t make it so. You didn’t cancel out the vote for the democrat therefore you are making it easier for the democrat to win.
The democrats understand this which is why they don’t like Nader at all even if nader voters may vote for other democrats down the ticket. They will even vote for an old shoe if that’s what it takes to get a democrat in the white house.
if that is called “stabbed” then bill needs to grow a thicker skin.
We all do, for we know psychotic Johnnie’s backstabbings will only continue..........