What to do with McCain
Posted by Ryan on January 14, 2008
According to Real Clear Politics, John McCain is surging in the national polls– nearly 26 points this last month! In fact, the national media has embraced it’s inner McCainiac as far as the Republican side is concerned (they are still under the Imperius Curse and will jump on their swords for She Who Must Not be Named if they must).
I don’t like this at all.
For one, McCain has on his record since 2002: McCain-Feingold (The Incumbency Protection Act of 2002–thwarter of free speech, emboldener of those nasty 527s!), opposing the 2003 Bush tax cuts (which he amazingly wants to preserve now), that whole obstructionist Gang of 14 nonsense, the McCain-Kennedy Amnesty Bill, just to name a few nightmares to conservatives. He’s not a very good Republican, who both prides himself on being a maverick and wants to lead that party he’s rebelled so proudly against.
For another, McCain seems to fit that old Republican mold which the party has unfortunately embraced since World War II… it’s his turn to get the nomination. Think 1996: Phil Graham was more Reaganesque and Lamar Alexander was more electible, but no-no-no, it was Bob’s turn! If you do your time, you get your nomination (1948 Dewey, 1964 Goldwater, 1968 Nixon, even 1980 Reagan). I loathe that tendency about my party, even if we occasionally get a Reagan.
I have given McCain the nickname “Gollum” because of these tendencies. He’ll be great on the Surge one day and sponsor amnesty the next. Sometimes we see sweet Smeagol, but sometimes my precious takes over and we get that shifty Gollum. I hope when Republicans start voting for Republicans in the later states, this trend trails off. Rush had a great take on this very point today. If true Republican primary voters really get articulate their core ideals, we have a three way race between Romney, Thompson and Giuliani. The MSM has seemed to pick up on that and have tried to marginalize all three.
Pic from Michael Totten’s Middle East Journal blog.