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..