I'm not privy to McCain's schedule. I don't know what he was doing during the NRTL convention. In any case, NRTL isn't suffering any paroxysms of rejection about his taped remarks. Its president is questioning the overly sensitive sensibilities of those who demand no less than perfection from him, though:
. . .Third, "the point is not to make a statement but a difference"more accurately, a positive difference. When a "statement" (e.g., actively opposing a pro-life candidate facing a pro-abortionist) has the effect of defeating the pro-life candidate and letting a pro-abortionist win, the pro-life cause has been betrayedno matter what highfalutin "principled" stance has been invoked to justify such moral posturing. Simply staying above the fray and not voting in such a case may not have the ringing sound of a "statement," but it still has the same effect. Such non-voters allow the pro-abortionist to win. Again the pro-life cause losesa negative difference, in effect. What true adherence to the pro-life cause compels us to do is to make a positive difference: actively working for the pro-life candidate, ensuring the loss of the pro-abortionist.
Fourth, "dont fall in love with your candidate." We all know candidates, 100% pro-lifers, who would make great presidents, representatives, or senatorsexcept that they just have no chance of getting elected. People have all kinds of motives for giving candidates their votes. Unfortunately, electing a 100% pro-life candidate into office motivates only a minority. The perfect pro-life candidate, if one is available, may not have the same perfect appeal to the generally wishy-washy-on-life-issues public.
I can’t think of anything better to grab the news this week by showing up. McCain would have been “seen” standing proudly for life.
A letter, anyone can write.
Go ahead and believe the excuse though. Obviously you want to believe them.
This is an issue important to conservatives. McCain did not want to be “seen”. It might turn off his base voters. You know, the ones he reassured that Ginsberg and Breyer got his vote.
Look, McCain has voted pro life in the past. I just want to see that he really believes in it enough to stand up in public and be heard. Not a lot to ask for really.