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McCain's "Urgent Dash For Cash"
Hugh Hewitt ^ | January 23, 2008 | Hugh Hewitt

Posted on 01/23/2008 9:33:13 AM PST by Signalman

Genuine front-runners don't have to crisscross the country with a tin cup days before a crucial primary, but the Arizona maverick has no grassroots fund-raising effort like Obama's Romney's or Huckabee's, and no personal wealth to match Romney's. It is a foreshadowing of what the GOP will be up against from now until September if McCain is nominated --a poorly funded, aging, Beltway establishment figure with deep and abiding opposition among conservatives and no real ability to bring in the cash to compete with either Hillary or Obama should he draw the inside straight and gain the nomination.

Even fans of McCain have to admit his candidacy is built on the prayer of converting conservatives and then a second prayer of getting them to open their wallets. Because of the deep disagreements of the past, they won't be converting, and even if they resign themselves to his nomination should it happen, they won't be contributing.

Giuliani, Huckabee and Romney all can make a straight-faced argument that they can tap their opponents' donor bases between now and the Convention. But not McCain. His is a crippled candidacy desperately hoping to lock up the nomination on the strength of MSM-generated momentum against a strong and growing conservative headwind before the GOP wakes up fully to just how damaged a nominee he would be: Bob Dole without the charisma or the money the former Majority Leader had in 1996 on his way to the decisive defeat at the hands of a Clinton.

UPDATE: See Amy Goldstein's "Why They Hate Mitt Romney" in today's American Thinker. The money --both poersonal and in the fund-raising machine-- is part of the answer.

But Republicans who know what is ahead when the Clinton-Soros machine turns from taking Obama apart digit by digit goes after their nominee, and they know the ability to raise money as well as donate from personal wealth is crucial to matching the onslaught ahead.


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To: BillF

Dont forget to mention the most whorendus energy bill McCain Leiberman that would devistate this country.


51 posted on 01/23/2008 11:21:21 AM PST by ODDITHER
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
What’s going on is the same since Iowa. Romney is trying to buy the election. He’s up on every station of any consequence in FL multiple times. It’s disgusting.

Romney is the best candidate available for beating the democRATS. McCain is the worst:

McCain’s the candidate of amnesty for illegal aliens.

McCain supports embryonic stem-cell research.

McCain has said “I would not support repeal of Roe vs. Wade”.

McCain opposed the Bush tax cuts, and refuses to sign the “No New Taxes” pledge.

McCain supports legislation that would increase taxes on energy.

McCain was the ring-leader of the Senate “Gang of 14”, which kept the then Senate Republican leadership from ending the ability of Democrats to filibuster Bush’s judicial nominees.

McCain supports legislation to grant due-process rights to terrorists.

McCain sponsored the legislation which restricts free-speech rights of those involved in the political process, (the McCain/Feingold bill)

McCain is the guy who called evangelical-conservatives an “evil influence” on the Republican Party.

McCain was a member of the Keating 5 that caused a bipartisan scandal during the S&L meltdown.

McCain had a recall election ran against him by the conservatives in Arizona. Unfortunately it failed.

McCain blocked the investigation into whether Viet Nam and the Soviets were still holding over 600 of our missing POWs in 1990. (This is why many vets that know the issues have no use for John McCain).

52 posted on 01/23/2008 11:37:16 AM PST by Mogollon
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Nope, your post is disgusting, as is your candidate, McShame.


53 posted on 01/23/2008 11:45:11 AM PST by NYC Republican (Romney/Barbour -the ONLY one to stop Huck, McCain, Rudy and Hillary!)
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To: ODDITHER

Right you are. It’s about 5th on my list above, not that I listed them in order of importance.


54 posted on 01/23/2008 11:57:06 AM PST by BillF (Fight terrorists in Iraq & elsewhere, instead of waiting for them to come to America!)
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To: BillF

Also don’t forget that McCain was involved in the multi-billion extortion racket against “Big Tobacco” in the late 90s. That’s when he lost me for good, and it’s been ever downhill for this crum bum since.


55 posted on 01/23/2008 12:23:35 PM PST by LiveFree99
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To: Bobkk47
The War Secrets Sen. John McCain Hides

But there was one subject that was off-limits, a subject the Arizona senator almost never brings up and has never been open about -- his long-time opposition to releasing documents and information about American prisoners of war in Vietnam and the missing in action who have still not been accounted for. Since McCain himself, a downed Navy pilot, was a prisoner in Hanoi for 5 1/2 years, his staunch resistance to laying open the POW/MIA records has baffled colleagues and others who have followed his career. Critics say his anti-disclosure campaign, in close cooperation with the Pentagon and the intelligence community, has been successful. Literally thousands of documents that would otherwise have been declassified long ago have been legislated into secrecy.

56 posted on 01/23/2008 12:42:33 PM PST by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
(Never underestimate the ignorance of the American voter). That’s what is called trying to buy the election.

If I ever doubt the ignorance of the voters all I have to do is read your posts. Of course, Romney had to spend money to get the name recognition that McCain with twenty some years being on TV every Sunday and all the puff piece in the MSM. If you can't figure that out you really are ignorant.

57 posted on 01/23/2008 12:45:42 PM PST by calvo (Your strength isn't what you can do, but what you can endure.)
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To: Vigilanteman
Yeah, not going to George Soros for election financing is really, really disgusting.

John McCain Gets Soros Cash

McCain/Soros by Rabbi Areyh Spero

Soros' "Reform" (an article about Soros‘ instrumental hand in McCain/Feingold)

58 posted on 01/23/2008 12:56:24 PM PST by TigersEye (McCain is unfit for office. See my profile page.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Never mind. I thought you meant someone else. (oops)


59 posted on 01/23/2008 12:58:16 PM PST by TigersEye (McCain is unfit for office. See my profile page.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
The problem is there isn’t a level playing field.

I wonder who's to blame for that? See post #58.

60 posted on 01/23/2008 1:03:04 PM PST by TigersEye (McCain is unfit for office. See my profile page.)
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To: Gritty
I'm surprised Soros isn't giving McVain huge amounts of money.

That is pretty ungrateful of old Soros isn't it?

See Post #58.

61 posted on 01/23/2008 1:08:04 PM PST by TigersEye (McCain is unfit for office. See my profile page.)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Is that Rudy in that pic?


62 posted on 01/23/2008 1:09:21 PM PST by Nascar Dad (President Barack HUSSEIN Obama?? Possible only if McLame goes 3rd party.)
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To: TigersEye
Thanks for pointing out the McCain-Soros connections. Even after McCain-Feingold, some freepers are too dense to make the connection.

For too many, it's soooooooo much easier to pile on Mitt Romney for using his own damn money to promote his candidacy. I have my issues with Mitt, but this is actually one of his advantages-- he's putting his money where his mouth is!

63 posted on 01/23/2008 1:11:26 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

“What’s going on is the same since Iowa. Romney is trying to buy the election. He’s up on every station of any consequence in FL multiple times. It’s disgusting.”

It’s not disgusting for conservatives who want to defeat McCain.


64 posted on 01/23/2008 1:11:32 PM PST by Checkers (John McCain is Bob Dole minus the character, humor, class, record, loyalty, mental fitness...)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

“Romney...lies about his alleged conservatism.”

You are lying.


65 posted on 01/23/2008 1:22:11 PM PST by Checkers (John McCain is Bob Dole minus the character, humor, class, record, loyalty, mental fitness...)
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To: Vigilanteman
As long as Mitt is spending his own money it's highly unlikely that he will need money from lefties.

John McCain Goes Left for Money

66 posted on 01/23/2008 1:24:21 PM PST by TigersEye (McCain is unfit for office. See my profile page.)
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To: Norman Bates

“If voters wanted Mitt Romney he wouldn’t need to self-fund.”

If voters wanted McCain, he’d have more votes. He don’t.


67 posted on 01/23/2008 1:26:55 PM PST by Checkers (John McCain is Bob Dole minus the character, humor, class, record, loyalty, mental fitness...)
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To: Norman Bates

“What exactly is the problem with McCain raising money for his campaign?”

People don’t want to give money to his campaign.

For some reason, potential donors don’t like McCain’s 10 year middle finger to the party.

Ironically, this is known as “payback”.


68 posted on 01/23/2008 1:30:46 PM PST by Checkers (John McCain is Bob Dole minus the character, humor, class, record, loyalty, mental fitness...)
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To: Mogollon

Your post belongs in a McCain Truth File.


69 posted on 01/23/2008 1:35:22 PM PST by Checkers (John McCain is Bob Dole minus the character, humor, class, record, loyalty, mental fitness...)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Or a run for the border.


70 posted on 01/23/2008 1:39:39 PM PST by Checkers (John McCain is Bob Dole minus the character, humor, class, record, loyalty, mental fitness...)
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To: Checkers

McCain received more conservative votes and just more Republican votes in S.C. than Romney, who campaigned heavily in that state until two days before and spent millions more than McCain.


71 posted on 01/23/2008 3:55:01 PM PST by Norman Bates
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To: Norman Bates
McCain received more conservative votes and just more Republican votes in S.C. than Romney, who campaigned heavily in that state until two days before and spent millions more than McCain.

Ping us when it happens again. Hint: It won't. Look up "anomaly" in a dictionary. All that bullcrap about "South Carolina picks the nominee every time." Not this time.

72 posted on 01/23/2008 9:35:14 PM PST by the808bass
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Don’t count Bloomberg out yet.
I think you are right on that score. He has the money and the ego for it. If we nominated an actual conservative, Bloomberg would presume to claim "the middle." Which would not IMHO affect the Republicans nearly as much as the Democrats, but in a weak field it certainly would have the potential for drawing more than Ross Perot.

I question whether Bloomberg would run against Romney, who would not leave Bloomberg thinking there was room in "the middle." Bloomberg would, I assume, respect the branding effect of the Republican nomination more than that - and would rue it if he didn't.


73 posted on 01/24/2008 2:15:26 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The Democratic Party is only a front for the political establishment in America - Big Journalism.)
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