Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Is McCain Acceptable?

There are a significant number of conservative pundits who have stated that they will refuse to vote for John McCain if he is the Republican nominee. Some (the unhinged ones), such as Ann Coulter, say that they would rather vote for Hillary Clinton. Others, such as Rush Limbaugh, claim that they would rather just stay home.

I wonder if any of these individuals are familiar with the concept of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. The issues facing our country are too important to hand over to Hillary in order to make a point. Six of nine Supreme Court Justices are over the age of 68—in the next four years, there will almost certainly be at least one, and possibly two retirements. The face of the Supreme Court will be altered. I don’t want Hillary in charge of altering it.

The War in Iraq will need resolving as well. Earlier in the primary season, conservatives were unanimous in declaring that any Republican was far superior to any Democrat on this issue. That is just as true today. Hillary’s Iraq position is a disaster. John McCain’s is not. If McCain loses to Hillary due to lack of conservative support, conservatives may win an electoral battle—but we may lose a war.

There are a few circumstances in which I would not vote for McCain—for example, if he picks Mike Huckabee as his running mate. But provided he makes a reasonable effort to woo conservatives, I will give him my vote, though without much enthusiasm. He would make a poor President (although probably not all that much worse than Bush). However, while withholding support from McCain would certainly make a point, the cost would be too great. Hillary Clinton would do far too much damage in even one term as President..


At February 7, 2008 at 5:12 AM , Blogger Beth said...

I think this headline speaks volumes about McCain:

"McCain reaches out to conservatives but only so far"

I will post the link to the article later at my blog.

At February 7, 2008 at 6:42 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

Two points on which you are off Daniel.

Don't kid yourself into thinking that John McCain would be any better of an option with respect to Judicial Appointees. John McCain was part of the Gang of 14who successfully negotiated a compromise in the spring of 2005 to avoid the deployment of the so-called nuclear option (or constitutional option) over an organized use of the filibuster by Senate Democrats to prevent the confirmation of Alito.

Secondly, it would appear to some that John McCain's military record apparently makes him some sort of a shoe-in in the pursuit of the War on Terror. I would caution those who are adopting such a belief to remind themselves that John McCain not only disagrees with practice of waterboarding, he has said in the past: "I would immediately close Guantanamo Bay, move all the prisoners to Fort Leavenworth and truly expedite the judicial proceedings in their cases". John McCain wants to fix the "ugly view" of America. I happen to think that any ugly view of America is dwarfed by the many positive things that America has done and continues to do.

Surely the Republican faithful are more than welcome to embrace McCain as a better alternative (I leave that to others to argue). However, I would again suggest they entertain the thought of precisely how much better an alternative he might be when, given his portside tendencies, he is being pulled even more to the left from a Democratic House and Senate.

At February 7, 2008 at 7:58 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Daniel, I was thinking of the phrase you used, cutting off one's nose to spite one's face? Perhaps Mr. Limbaugh is cutting off his nose to avoid smelling the crap that McCain and the Republican party is trying to force feed conservatives!

As Soapie said, you are free to vote the way you wish, but I can tell Daniel you are a hard core conservative, and I want you to be able to respect yourself in the morning! :-)

At February 7, 2008 at 9:08 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

My second point on why McCain (quite frankly) is more destructive to "the cause" is that with McCain comes an administration comprised of a whole host of moderates (one of which is likely to be VP). Say McCain runs 4 or 8 years, he can only offer up more moderation after that. Whereas, with Hillary or Obama, we go through 4 or 8 years of's anyone's guess.

It's far more likely that any hope for conservatism would follow Obama or Hillary than would follow McCain.

At February 7, 2008 at 11:01 AM , Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

looks like we dont have much of a choice now Daniel......sigh

At February 7, 2008 at 11:13 AM , Blogger Name: Soapboxgod said...

In this scenario, there is a choice you just have to be willing to accept it.

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