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Reagan Takes McCain to the Woodshed

Posted by Mike on January 31, 2008

Michael Reagan that is. It seems that the 20th Century’s greatest President’s son is not about to join Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Joe Lieberman on the John McCain’s bandwagon. Like many conservatives, Reagan is having a hard time overlooking the maverick’s attitude.

I’m not as hard on McCain as many other conservatives. Sure, he’s dead wrong on too many important issue, but he’s also so-so on other issues and pretty decent on others. he isn’t the perfect candidate or even a good one, but he isn’t She Who Must Not Be Named either. That said, I’ve also never denied that McCain has a habit of giving the base the finger and has no business leading our once-great party. After reading Reagan’s latest column, however, I realize that my middle finger analogy was an understatement.

Given our current situation, I think our party should simply take a chance on Mitt and see what happens.

Hat tip: Mark Levin

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Republican Debate: McCain v. the Mitt

Posted by Ryan on January 31, 2008

Last night the four remaining Republicans vying for the nomination debated at the Reagan Presidential Library.  I’ll be honest, I was rooting for Mitt and really believed that he won on the substance, issues, and aura. 

One of the first things I noticed was that while Mitt was answering the first question Anderson Cooper asked him about he economy, McCain gave a silent yawn (that would have crushed Bush 41 (remember the watch fiasco?) or even Reagan (with the age-thing in 1984) in the MSM).  When McCain responded Mitt’s take on the question, he seemed like a grumpy old man who wanted to wrap this up and go to bed, not lead the free world.  With all the big RINO endorsements lined up, McCain’s sense of inevitability was on display and it was irksome to watch.  I’m not alone in feeling that way.  Since McCain has little money, the MSM needs to give him all sorts of positive press in the meantime.  I also blame Fox News for shilling for McCain, just watch Special Report with Brit Hume anytime this week to see for yourself.

Ron Paul related everything to the issue in which he’s absolutely wrong: our role in the world and national security.  Huckleberry Mike didn’t mess up, but his quips made him seem like comic relief between the substance one really wanted to hear: how were McCain and Romney going to tangle on the next issue.

I thought Mitt sounded better, looked better, and demonstrated that given who we have left, he’s the best chance to let conservatism have a voice in our party in the Fall.  Frank Luntz’s Republican focus group on Fox thought that Romney won the debate by a significant plurality, with McCain getting two or three hands.  Yet, this dynamic has not played out with the electorate, which could make Super Tuesday, Super Disappointing to conservatives who are feeling increasingly marginalized.

AP photo.

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Getting Closer to Bin Laden

Posted by Ryan on January 31, 2008

Sources from various Islamist websites are admitting that al Qaeda’s #3 bad guy, Abu Laith al-Libi, was killed. He was likely killed by an American drone in Waziristan region of Pakistan.

Not bad!

This is one aspect of the Bush Administration that unfortunately never gets much play.

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