Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

The Real McCain Record (Obstacles in the way of conservative support.)
National Review Online ^ | January 11, 2008 | Mark Levin

Posted on 01/11/2008 9:21:39 AM PST by Delacon

There’s a reason some conservatives who support John McCain are rarely willing to discuss the bulk of his record. They want to discuss his personal story, his position on the surge, and his supposed electability. And when questions are raised about McCain’s broader record, the knee-jerk reply is to characterize the inquiries as negative attacks.

The McCain domestic record is a disaster. To say that he fought spending, most particularly earmarks, is to nibble around the edges and miss the heart of the matter. McCain’s record on a host of major domestic issues is among the most anti-conservative in the Senate. And I would encourage conservatives to examine it. For starters, consider:

McCain-Feingold — the most brazen frontal assault on political speech since Buckley v. Valeo.

McCain-Kennedy — the most far-reaching amnesty program in American history.

McCain-Lieberman — the most onerous and intrusive attack on American industry — through reporting, regulating, and taxing authority of greenhouse gases — in American history.

McCain-Kennedy-Edwards — the biggest boon to the trial bar, under the rubric of a patients’ bill of rights, since the tobacco settlement.

McCain-Reimportantion of Drugs — a significant blow to pharmaceutical research and development, not to mention consumer safety (hey Rudy, pay attention, see link).

And McCain’s stated opposition to the Bush 2001 and 2003 tax cuts was largely based on socialist, class-warfare rhetoric — tax cuts for the rich, not for the middle class. The public record is full of these statements. Today, he recalls only his insistence on accompanying spending cuts.

As chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, McCain was consistently hostile to American enterprise, from media and pharmaceutical companies to technology and energy companies.

McCain also lead the Gang of 14, which prevented the Republican leadership in the Senate from mounting a rule’s change that would have ended the systematic use or threatened use of the filibuster to prevent majority approval of judicial nominees.

And there’s the McCain defense record.

His supporters point to essentially one policy strength, i.e., McCain’s early support for a surge and counterinsurgency. It has now evolved into McCain taking credit for forcing the president to adopt General David Petreaus’s strategy. Where’s the evidence to support such a claim?

Moreover, Iraq is an important battle in our war against the Islamo-fascist threat. But the war is a global war, and it most certainly includes the continental United States, which, after all, was struck on 9/11. How does McCain fare in that regard?

McCain-ACLU — the unprecedented granting of due-process rights to unlawful enemy combatants (terrorists).

McCain has repeatedly called for the immediate closing of Guantanamo Bay and the introduction of al-Qaeda terrorists into our own prison population — despite both the legal rights that would immediately inure to the enemy and the burdens of managing such a dangerous prison population.

And while McCain proudly and repeatedly points to his battles with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who was placed in the difficult circumstance of having to rebuild the United States military and fight a complex war, where was McCain in the lead up to the war — when the military was being dangerously downsized by the Clinton administration and his friend, former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen? Where was McCain’s voice when the CIA was in desperate need of attention? And McCain was apparently in the dark about al-Qaeda like most of the rest of Washington, despite a decade of warnings.

My fingers are crossed that at the next debate either Fred Thompson or Mitt Romney will find a way to address McCain’s record. (Mike Huckabee won’t as he is apparently in the tank for him.)

Mark R. Levin is author of the bestselling Men In Black, president of Landmark Legal Foundation, and a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host.



TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: huckabee; marklevin; mccain; mccaintruthfile; romney; thompson
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-70 next last
"My fingers are crossed that at the next debate either Fred Thompson or Mitt Romney will find a way to address McCain’s record. (Mike Huckabee won’t as he is apparently in the tank for him.)"

Come of Fred, take the gloves off!

1 posted on 01/11/2008 9:21:43 AM PST by Delacon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Delacon
When I hear the name McCain, two numbers quickly come to mind...

5 and 14

Those are enough to keep him out of th WH should he get past the primaries.

2 posted on 01/11/2008 9:24:25 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is America's George Galloway?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delacon

First one on the list could be called McCain-Feingold-Thompson.


3 posted on 01/11/2008 9:24:45 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delacon

Will Fred go after McCain like he went after Huck? I don’t know. They are friends. Senate old boys club, etc

Very interesting watching the alliances between candidates. Who is willing to go after who, and who protects who.


4 posted on 01/11/2008 9:26:08 AM PST by tips up
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delacon

Romney tried in NH, but was labeled as too negative. So last night he backed off. Last night was amazing one of the few times that a front runner (thats what McCain is now) gets no attention or attacks.


5 posted on 01/11/2008 9:26:46 AM PST by jbwbubba
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delacon

” his position on the surge”

Honestly, this is the most important issue, the surge and Iraq.. #1, #2 and #3 right now. McCain took leadership on this issue.. whereas so many wheenies in congress and around the country did not.

I’m warming to McCain (I hate Romney.. and I’m a Mormon). I would like Fred too, but it might be too late.


6 posted on 01/11/2008 9:27:09 AM PST by Count of Monte Logan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delacon

McCain still doesn’t get it. During last night’s debate, he said that he had heard the people, and will secure the border first........... unfortunately, he thinks that means he can still push thru a path to citizenship after he secures the border (which is still amnesty).

He doesn’t understand that the majority of the people don’t want amnesty, with or without a sealed border.


7 posted on 01/11/2008 9:27:11 AM PST by umgud (Thompson/Hunter '08)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delacon

It was argued on another thread that Fred needs McCain to help fend off Mitt Romney in Michigan. So it’s really a question of when to take the gloves off. Mitt is a more dangerous adversary than McCain, I think.

Another factor is that Fred and McCain are evidently personal friends. But I don’t think that’s the reason Fred is holding back. He needs to let the others fight it out at this stage in the process. He needs to play the balance perfectly if he is to break out of the media embargo against him.


8 posted on 01/11/2008 9:27:47 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delacon

Why would any conservative vote for McCain? Why would any Republican who wants 4 more years of a Republican presidency vote for McCain? Same questions apply to the Huckster supporters. Look closely. You do NOT want either of these men in the White House...nor does the rest of the country.


9 posted on 01/11/2008 9:30:27 AM PST by GBA ( God Bless America!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

I actually found one reference that said that from contemporary news articles.

But you have to admit, Thompson’s name isn’t on all those other bills. Mark Levin did an excellent job laying out the cumulative assault on conservatives that changed McCain from a solid 2nd choice in 2000, to the anathema that he has become today for many conservatives.


10 posted on 01/11/2008 9:30:52 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Delacon

The McCain-Feingold-Thompson proposal bars the national parties, federal officeholders, and candidates from soliciting, receiving, or spending any funds that are not subject to the limitations and reporting requirements in federal election law. This provision would categorically shut down the Washington soft money fund-raising machine. The legislation also provides that state and local parties that engage in activities during a federal election year that might affect the outcome of a federal election, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts, may only do so with funds raised under the federal limits surprise


11 posted on 01/11/2008 9:31:13 AM PST by Soliton (Huck ain't perfect, but he is better than the rest.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delacon
Was Fred in the Senate for these bill votes? Anyone know how he voted on all of these. I hope he was against them.

Wonder how the three Dem candidates voted on these too. Interesting if the three Dems voted with McCain. I’d love to see that brought up in a debate.

12 posted on 01/11/2008 9:31:18 AM PST by tips up
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delacon
The huckster and Mclame have the same amnesty program, so the two are in bed together. Neither is worth spit!
13 posted on 01/11/2008 9:31:41 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cicero

Well stated.


14 posted on 01/11/2008 9:32:06 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: umgud

McCain lost me with his stand on global warming. He mentioned it briefly in last night’s debate but I haven’t seen much attention being paid to it. He seems to want to be the Republican Al Gore on this issue.


15 posted on 01/11/2008 9:32:16 AM PST by Russ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Delacon

I have been sitting back and watching talk radio and other conservative journals go after Mc Cain, Huckabee and Rudy. At this point in time however, it looks like one of them may very well be the nominee. What is their position going to be then? This morning I even heard Rush make a passing mention of Romney as a Conservative. I couldn’t believe my ears. Does he really believe Romney’s recent conversion is for real? I have been a big Rush fan for years, but these last few weeks of listening to him has been hard. Ingraham has been even worse. They make like Fred which I do to, but it’s awful late in the game for Fred to gain any footing. Conservatives need to concentrate their ire on the Democrats.


16 posted on 01/11/2008 9:32:20 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GBA

McCain is right on Iraq. He has led on this issue.. just as Gulliani and Bush led on 9/11. However, I would prefer more judges like Bush has done.. I hope McCain would commmit to that.


17 posted on 01/11/2008 9:33:25 AM PST by Count of Monte Logan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: All

McClain is in the “no fly” zone at my house. I will not listen to, or even consider voting for this RINO. Anyone that thinks he could be elected is delusional.


18 posted on 01/11/2008 9:34:24 AM PST by bennowens
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Delacon
All you have to remember about McPain ...

hotdog, loose cannon, & a RHINO. Not to mention of the Keating 5 he was the only pubbie.

19 posted on 01/11/2008 9:35:14 AM PST by BluH2o
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delacon
Yes he should. He is warming up to it. There is no use for him to attack McCain too early. He did say he disagreed with him on Amnesty. McCain now says he NEVER EVER supported amnesty. That is not a little "I changed my mind, I was wrong". Click to watch McCain on Amnesty:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCmwzlklEYE

Click to watch McCain and the gang of 14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W53n2i-avk

20 posted on 01/11/2008 9:35:28 AM PST by Maelstorm (Better Fred than Red.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: CharlesWayneCT

Was Thompson even there for some of those bills? He may be getting credit where he hasn’t earned it.


21 posted on 01/11/2008 9:36:49 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Delacon

I wonder about a Thompson/McCain ticket.


22 posted on 01/11/2008 9:37:26 AM PST by PrairieRoot (Here's hoping Global Warning extends the hunting and logging seasons.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BluH2o
ooops ...

RHINO = RINO

23 posted on 01/11/2008 9:37:28 AM PST by BluH2o
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Delacon

‘The McCain domestic record is a disaster.’

I will not vote for this man for President under any circumstances.


24 posted on 01/11/2008 9:37:35 AM PST by Badeye (No thanks, Huck, I'm not whitewashing the fence for you this election cycle)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

Fred supported Mc Cain on Mc Cain Feingold. He wasn’t there on immigration reform.


25 posted on 01/11/2008 9:39:01 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Delacon
Come of Fred, take the gloves off!

Not gonna happen. They've been thick from the start, and will be to the end, when McCain might have something for Fred.

26 posted on 01/11/2008 9:39:53 AM PST by Plutarch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jbwbubba

McCain is really the most venerable. Do you remember how the steam went out of his campaign before? He was Amnesty all the way and he now says “HE NEVER EVER supported Amnesty”.


27 posted on 01/11/2008 9:41:22 AM PST by Maelstorm (Better Fred than Red.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Plutarch

I think you are wrong. You saw last night a preview of what is to come. People need only to be reminded of the Gang of 14 and Amnesty and McCain deflates like the liberal kissass he is. He is conservative mostly but he is still a liberal kissass. Who has authored more bills with Teddy Kennedy than any other? McCain! McCain! McCain!


28 posted on 01/11/2008 9:45:09 AM PST by Maelstorm (Better Fred than Red.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Old Retired Army Guy
Fred supported Mc Cain on Mc Cain Feingold. He wasn’t there on immigration reform.

Right. What I find strange is that so many are willing to ignore his blame on McCain-Feingold and yet give him credit for things he never earned credit for.

29 posted on 01/11/2008 9:45:23 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
First one on the list could be called McCain-Feingold-Thompson

Correct...Fred was just as hot to trot on CFR as the other 2.

And then he was one of the four in Congress to back McCain for President!

30 posted on 01/11/2008 9:47:38 AM PST by what's up
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

A good amount of cognitive dissonance going around these days.


31 posted on 01/11/2008 9:49:17 AM PST by the_conscience ((McCain - Thompson 08))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Maelstorm
I think you are wrong. You saw last night a preview of what is to come.

When those attacks come like you say, please post them, ping me and vaunt. I don't think its likely.

Fred is gonna keep dancing with the one that brung him, McCain.

It could be that the whole reason Fred is running has been to cover McCain's right flank. If you figure this, it is hard to see anything Fred's done that goes against that theory.

32 posted on 01/11/2008 9:54:42 AM PST by Plutarch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: what's up
Correct...Fred was just as hot to trot on CFR as the other 2. And then he was one of the four in Congress to back McCain for President!

Oh yeah that's right. No one seems to remember that. It is funny how people see only what they want to see.

33 posted on 01/11/2008 9:57:54 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Count of Monte Logan
I would like Fred too, but it might be too late

Have you voted already?

34 posted on 01/11/2008 10:00:24 AM PST by Prokopton
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Russ

McCain has gotten real squirrley on global warming. Some of the things Huckabee has said on GW I don’t like either such as referring to it as a spiritual issue, which sounds very much like Gore. Obviously those two feel there’s some traction to be gained on GW with voters right now.

The only conservative I trust up and down the line is Hunter but ‘08 doesn’t appear to be his year. My fall-back position then becomes Thompson.


35 posted on 01/11/2008 10:05:52 AM PST by bereanway (Hunter in '08)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Plutarch
Fred is gonna keep dancing with the one that brung him, McCain.

You Romneyites keep claiming that, with absolutely nothing to back it up.

But, then again, you're just emulating your candidate...

36 posted on 01/11/2008 10:11:47 AM PST by dirtboy (Will the real Mitt Romney please sit down?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

I heard Thompson address McCain-Feingold yesterday on the radio. He said the bill was an attempt to reign in soft money that Clinton was spreading around back then perhaps illegally but definitely through loopholes. Clinton was gaming the system. Thompson said he backed the bill to address this corruption. He also said he was WRONG. Way better than any position McCain has taken on the bill.


37 posted on 01/11/2008 10:38:27 AM PST by Delacon (Don't Immanentize the Eschaton.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Maelstorm

I think the whole reason Willard is running is to cover McCain’s right flank. If you figure this, it is hard to see anything Myth’s done that goes against that theory. Certainly squandering $50 million to get two second place finishes (in spite of his stated strategy) is nothing to crow about.

He conceded awfully early in NH Tuesday night. I think Myth and McCain have some kind of corrupt bargain.


38 posted on 01/11/2008 10:38:40 AM PST by Petronski (Slick Willard LOVES government mandates. He said so himself.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: dirtboy

It’s an effort to run cover for the real story: Mitt is the one running interference for McCain. He conceded so quickly in NH! Now trailing McCain in Michigan, Willard has NO anti-McCain ads running.

I bet McCain’s agreed to set something nice aside for Willard if he helps McCain get the nomination by trying to eclipse the actual conservative in the race.


39 posted on 01/11/2008 10:40:43 AM PST by Petronski (Slick Willard LOVES government mandates. He said so himself.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Delacon

RHINO MCLAME....Not in our White House!!


40 posted on 01/11/2008 10:50:58 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delacon

Great article that should be read by all conservatives and even moderates.


41 posted on 01/11/2008 10:51:49 AM PST by MBB1984
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delacon
I heard Thompson address McCain-Feingold yesterday on the radio. He said the bill was an attempt to reign in soft money that Clinton was spreading around back then perhaps illegally but definitely through loopholes. Clinton was gaming the system. Thompson said he backed the bill to address this corruption. He also said he was WRONG. Way better than any position McCain has taken on the bill.

He is spinning it differently than he did at the time, which leaves him misrepresenting his reasons. Also, look at all of his statements on it. He doesn't think it was all wrong at all. He is only backing off the very worst part of it. How he could have EVER supported that part is beyond me.

42 posted on 01/11/2008 10:52:13 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: bereanway

“McCain has gotten real squirrley on global warming”

I would not call it squirrley, more like full blown global warming alarmist. He has took the lie, hook line and sinker


43 posted on 01/11/2008 10:53:49 AM PST by NavyCanDo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Count of Monte Logan
MCain already is committed to opposing conservative judges through his leadership in orchestrating the gang of fourteen. With McCain you will have Souter style judges endorsed by his old buddy Mr. Rudman.
44 posted on 01/11/2008 11:01:25 AM PST by MBB1984
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Cicero; Delacon
Another factor is that Fred and McCain are evidently personal friends.

IMHO, that's why Fred supported McCain's infamous attack on the First Amendment. It was just loyalty to his friend. Nobody is perfect.

45 posted on 01/11/2008 11:03:04 AM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: BluH2o
Not to mention of the Keating 5 he was the only pubbie.

All that needed to be said, IMO. Pure slime with a crust of self-aggrandizement...

46 posted on 01/11/2008 11:21:16 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: gov_bean_ counter

We must allow voters to choose and not before Feb. 5 should we dis any of our guys(excepting Paul who should be urged to leave the race and then support our nominee graciously)so that the MSM and Dems determine our guy. I do know that at least we have guys who will defend the nation unlike the leftist socialist pacifists that the Dems are. As to economic views, McCain and Huck have to be put on the fire to promise tax cuts, freedom of speech and good conservative jurist picks. If the Conservative Media has to do it, do it. Some of our guys are waiting for the VP pick in my opinion and that is why they won’t burn any bridges.


47 posted on 01/11/2008 11:38:34 AM PST by phillyfanatic ( tH)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Cicero; Delacon

P.S. Fred was probably counting on GWB keeping his promise to veto McCain-Feingold.


48 posted on 01/11/2008 12:18:55 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: Badeye
No way I will ever vote for McCaine either. This is the guy who not only wants to restrict our freedom of speech but has constantly stabbed President Bush in the back ever chance he can get. I would almost rather see a Dem it the WH than McCaine if he is the Republican nominee; at least we would know for sure what we are getting. That's how much I despise his actions over the last 7 years.

There is no way I would ever vote for McCaine for ANYTHING!!!

49 posted on 01/11/2008 1:53:42 PM PST by Left2Right ("Democracy isn't perfect, but other governments are so much worse (especially Iran's)")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
First one on the list could be called McCain-Feingold-Thompson.

And the gang of 14 could be called "gang of 15". Thompson played go-between to give the group legitimacy.

50 posted on 01/11/2008 1:58:14 PM PST by Perchant
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-70 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson