Skip to comments.Don't underestimate McCain
Posted on 02/07/2008 5:30:10 AM PST by NCDragon
WASHINGTON The continuing drama of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination should not diminish what John McCain has accomplished on the Republican side of this campaign.
The senator from Arizona still has to finish off the challenges from Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, but after Tuesday's victories in such key states as California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey and Missouri, and a commanding lead in delegates, the question is when, not if, he will secure the nomination.
What is more, he has emerged despite all the negatives of the George Bush legacy as a serious possibility to win the presidency in November.
On Super Tuesday, I placed calls to knowledgeable Republicans, Democrats and neutral observers to check their appraisals of McCain as a general-election candidate.
Arizona's Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano, who sees her home-state senator at close range, said, "He is not to be underestimated." An Obama supporter, Napolitano said McCain is "a gifted campaigner with a great life story. When everything seemed to go wrong for him last year, I told people, 'Never write John McCain off.' "
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I don’t underestimate McCain. He’s got the nerve to have Lieberman as his running mate and make amnesty his first priority when elected.
No more, “drink the RINO arsenic, it’ll kill you more slowly than the ‘Rat cyanide.”
I won’t lift the cup of hemlock to my own lips with my own hands.
Not sure if this sample would equate to the quality polling done by Zogby, but that's the result of my long and exhausting research.
I don't. He's a dangerous mental case being forced on us by the media...under the guise of a "war hero"...who are in bed with Soros, who is hell bent on destroying this country.
“Don’t underestimate McCain”
Not much chance of that, I’m afraid.
Broder’s a tool.
A couple I'm friends with told me Sunday they've always voted Democrat but were voting for McCain this time around.
The fact that McCain can draw liberals to vote for a Republican doesn't impress me.
Not one bit.
That's exactly what you are doing if you give the election to the democrats. I hear the constant refrain that RINOs are killing the Republican Party but, IMO, it is conservatives who are to blame...we elected people like Newt, Tom Delay, Larry Craig and got paid back with embarassing scandals. We elected others and were paid back with pork barrel deficits that President Bush gladly signed...the lone two achievements of this administration and "conservatives" have been Roberts and Alito NOTHING ELSE! At least McCain gives us a chance to clean up the mess left behind--a victory in Iraq and the WOGT!
There just may be a few surprises in store for some. Starting with 2006 in spades.
Chinless, of course, is the go-to guy for Republican wisdom.
McCain can actually win California, just like Arnold did. Hispanics and Asians make up a huge part of the electorate and they don’t like Obama.
Hell bent on destroying this country? Oh the drama ! LOL
“That’s exactly what you are doing if you give the election to the democrats.”
But, they’ll prove a point...
How do you know this?
LOL media is going to kill him?
And the more conservatives are known to hate McCain, the more those libs might think it would be an ok move.
Maybe he has inside info? LOL
Arnold Schwarzenegger was a serial groper and he was elected there. White business women and Hispanics and Asians and old people who have supported Hillary will be quite inclined to support McCain over Obama. Obama is a superstar and if these voters vote against him in that kind of environment, they will vote against him in the general when his inadequacies are more of an issue.
I think there is an element of truth in that. He represents a legitimate alternative to those in the muddled middle.
“I hear the constant refrain that RINOs are killing the Republican Party but, IMO, it is conservatives who are to blame”
If you dislike Conservatives so much, why do you post on a conservative website?
She will raise taxes, he will not
She is pro abortion, he is not
She is for cut and run in Iraq, he is not
She wants to socialize medicine, he does not
She wants to add hundreds and hundreds of billions in new spending, he will not,
She wants to "fix" social security by raising taxes, he wants personal accounts
She is for appeasement with Iran, he is not
She will appoint Ginsbergs and Stevens, he will at the very least appoint more Roberts.
Yeah, he'll leave another mess so big, we'll forget about the other ones. LOL!
Not saying he will definitely do these things, just that I don’t underestimate his nerve to do so based upon his past actions. He loves to stick it in the eye of conservatives.
are you a code pink and move on . org blogger?
“I dont underestimate McCain. Hes got the nerve to have Lieberman as his running mate and make amnesty his first priority when elected.....”
Which is exactly what his corporate masters have planned for...
I don’t underestimate him.
I think he could screw up any presidential election he’s involved with.
The big guns are turning on him now getting ready for when he’s the Nom.
Man that is a target rich environment!
“A day earlier, in Milwaukee, in front of an audience of more sympathetic businessmen, McCain had been asked how debate over the immigration bill was playing politically. In the short term, it probably galvanizes our base, he said. In the long term, if you alienate the Hispanics, youll pay a heavy price. Then he added, unable to help himself, By the way, I think the fence is least effective. But Ill build the goddamned fence if they want it.
This is a plae for unacceptable compromise. I go for a write-in.
That map it the reality of the election. The GOP has tried to cut out the conservatives and go back to a liberal party. They picked a fight.
Well I have reviewed the options for myself, if McCain is the candidate and have the following choices:
1. I can vote for McCain, Obama or Hillary, or sit this one out.
2. If I sit this one out then I’m hoping that Obama or Hillary don’t screw things up too badly, just badly enough so that a more conservative candidate can win in 2012.
3. If I vote for McCain I’m hoping he plays more to the conservative side of his party than he has in the past.
The choices are not easy. I’d rather have a reincarnation of RR, but that isn’t going to happen. I’d vote for another Bush term over any of these people. He has the right stuff even if his poll numbers are terrible and the media treats him with contempt.
I believe that McCain could beat either Democrat if he rallies all elements of the GOP. He has a better record than either Democrat for a general election.
So I say we all need to think logically and not emotionally. The presidency in times like these is too important. McCain it has to be or we have conservative chaos.
Neither do I. It’s the “at least he’s better than Hillary” croud that underestimates him.
So I say we all need to think logically and not emotionally.
He is probably right about fence tho. They will just dig more underground tunnels!
check out arizona republic news on line. They are leaving arizona in large amounts because of large fines. Texas doesnt have those same laws. So they are moving there ! I cant post article in here arizona republic is one of those newspapers who don’t allow their articles copied and pasted on blogs.
Nope. We have a better chance of stopping bills like amnesty with republicans in congress united against a real ‘rat than a turncoat RINO.
The point will be that Conservatives are not reliable voters and that therefore conservative issues lose, and supporters of conservative issues lose.
If you don’t want to vote for McCain, then write in/protest vote for POTUS. A split ticket speaks volumes. Staying home just says that Conservatism isn’t worth supporting because you cannot get elected because conservatives stay home unless the nominee is PERFECTLY conservative. So why run as a conservative for a lesser office if that guarantees a loss?
i sincerely doubt Lieberman would be his running mate. the man adds nothing to his ticket. he would need a Southern or Western Conservative Governor to brush up his credentials. If anything he may appoint Lieberman to DHS or something. If he did make Lieberman his VP that would be the stupidest thing anyone in his position could do.