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My Super Bowl Hangover

Posted by Ryan on February 6, 2008

I did have a great time at the Super Bowl and in the Phoenix Area, even though the Pats were essentially out-played and out-coached by the 12-point underdog Giants.  I guess being in 4 of the last 8 Super Bowls and winning three of those makes Sunday’s 30-second loss to the Giants not necessarily as depressing as it could have been. 

To their credit the Giants ate up the clock, kept the game close, and gave it to their offense for one last game winning drive… and they pulled it off.  After my initial melancholy wore off, I did congratulate those around me (that, or get my ass kicked!). 

It was a great game. 

Don’t get me wrong– I’m mad as hell, but being there and losing 17-14 in the last minute rather than a blow out, ridiculous penalty or special teams play determining the outcome was at least somewhat comforting: it was an honest beating.  If the Pats had to lose, at least it was with some dignity.  31-14 would have brought me to tears;  17-14 just got me angry and frustrated.  

The worst part wasn’t the cussing from the smug Giants fans, it wasn’t the initial shock of the how the potentially best season in NFL history ended with a thud, rather it was facing the schleps at work today.  It was funny:  those who didn’t even know who the Giants were seven months ago were the most obnoxious.  Then there were the tongue-and-cheek condolences. Yet, those who could appreciate the 18-year wait for the Giants to win another Super Bowl also appreciated the nature of the victory and were nervous until the very end.  That’s what it felt like in the stands:  there was a sense that the game wasn’t over until it was absolutely over.  The Giants fans’ elation was muted until that end and exhaustion was on everyone’s face.  This was a battle and they knew it too. 

It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I had a great time in the Phoenix-Glendale-Scottsdale area.  The most bitter moment was at the end of the trek.  Driving home from Newark Liberty Airport (quite possibly the worst airport in the developed world) I needed to take Exit 9 off of the NJ Turnpike.  The sign read:

Exit 9

Rutgers University

Shore Resorts

Seems simple enough.  But the exit leads to two particular routes around Jersey:

Rtes 18 and 1

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McCain Derangement Syndrome: Symptom #1, Gross Exaggeration

Posted by Mike on February 6, 2008

I’m a little peeved right now. I’m not peeved because John McCain is about to become our nominee.  It was the clear there would be no conservative at the top of the GOP ticket once Fred Thompson dropped out, and that was a few weeks ago so I’m over it.  What I’m peeved about is the fact that is that many conservatives are forcing me to defend John McCain.  McCain’s unfortunate success has caused many intelligent conservatives to lose their minds. Part of the conservative blogosphere has also noticed this and is already calling it “McCain Derangement Syndrome (MDS).”  Similar to Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS), a disease that has plagued liberal circles for the past eight years, MDS is best recognized by its four major symptoms: (1) gross exaggeration of political differences, (2) playing hard and loose with facts, (3) applying different standards to similar situations, and (4) fundamentally misunderstanding the role of politics in our national life.  This post deals with symptom number 1. 

The biggest exaggeration I have heard, from two people in particular whom I admire, is that John McCain is “no different than” She Who Must Not Be Named. This is absurd.  John McCain is no conservative, but unlike SWMNBN, he is not the face of quasi-evil in the modern world.  Let’s compare and contrast.  

SWMNBN is a woman whose biggest domestic policy disappointment is that the government is not actually practicing medicine and that no tax increase in American history has ever been large enough. She is a woman who implement John Kerry’s Global Test and actually brag about it. She is a woman who would appoint judges who would be described as Ruth Bader Ginsburg clones but for the fact that they would be about 30 years younger. She is woman who believes that people should have the right to kill an unborn child at any stage of pregnancy, for any reason whatsoever, by any barbaric method imaginable.  There is nothing conservative about SWMNBN. There is nothing centrist about SWMNBN.  

But what about McCain? He’s no conservative; none of our post-Fred candidates are.  What McCain is not is liberal. He has some liberal positions, most notably free speech and immigration,and opposing the Bush tax cuts (positions the witch shares BTW), but a look at the entire record shows that McCain is a moderate Republican who is right of center on a majority of issues. His net record on taxes is one of a tax cutter (as begrudgingly admitted by the Club of Growth in their condemnation of him); he supported the Reagan tax cuts and opposed the Bush and 42nd President’s tax increases; he supported free trade policies which expanded American markets, thereby increasing our overall prosperity.  He currently supports making the Bush tax cuts permanent because, unlike the time he originally voted “no,” refusing to make the cuts permanent now would be tantamount to a tax increase, something McCain is historically against.  On social issues, he has a solid pro-life voting record and has never wavered despite his long-standing crush on the editorial board of the New York Times. He supported the War on Terror. He supported the war in Iraq. He supported the surge when it was unpopular to do so.  John McCain is conservative on most issues, liberal on some issues, and moderate on others. SWMNBN could never claim such a record.

Those who shamelessly claim there is no difference between John McCain and SWMNBN have simply lost their minds.  They are suffering from MDS and need serious help.

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Super Tuesday Post-Mortem

Posted by Sal on February 6, 2008

Well, Super Tuesday has come and gone, and the results are not good.  The race for the Republican Nomination is essentially over, and John McCain is the inevitable nominee.  First, lets look at last night’s indicators as mentioned in my previous post

 California:  This was the biggest disappointment.  All polls showed momentum in Mitt’s favor, and if he had pulled this off, he would still be in this race.  As it is, he received 10% less of the vote than McCain, and it was distributed widely throughout the state, so McCain won almost all of the CA delegates. 

The South:  Huckabee surged last night, winning 5 southern states.  While it kept delgates from McCain, it also prevented Romney from a conservative foothold in the South.  If Romney had won California, it would have been helpful;  that, however, did not happen, and now Huckabee has the distinction of being the regional candidate from the south. 

Massachusetts:  Romney won by 10, but it was not enough to solidify more than a bare majority of the Massachusetts delegates.  Romney won 22, McCain 17. 

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Arizona:  McCain won all four of these must-win states for him, plus some unexpected surprises in Missouri, California, Oklahoma, and Delaware. 

Delegate Count:  The dust is still settling, but it looks like McCain could finish last night with around 700 delegates, while Romney would have shy of 300 and Huckabee around 175.  Overall, a huge win for McCain. 

With Romney essentially out (barring some improbably turn of events), the Conservative movement now must come to terms with John McCain as its nominee.  Over the past few days, I’ve gone through bouts of “McCain Derangement Syndrome” and wrestled with the idea of a candidate who had given Conservatives the finger so many times being our nominee for President.  I have to say, I do not like John McCain, I think he is a moderate who tries too hard to please the media and the left, someone who is more interested in sponsoring legislation with Ted Kennedy than with John Kyl.  But the prospect of a She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named or Obama presidency is even worse than a McCain presidency, and so I will support McCain for President. 

I do feel, however that he cannot win.  Too many conservatives have an inherent distrust and disgust for John McCain, and there may be enough who decide to sit it out rather than have a RINO as President, or even some who would be foolish enough to cast a vote for the Democrat to send a message.  I do worry about McCain further diluting the conservatism of the Republican party, and dread the thought of another 8 years before we get a crack at the Presidency again.  However, with the war on terror, and the prospect of multiple Supreme Court vacancies, it is the best option we have.  This is not an endorsement of McCain, rather it is a resigned acceptance of the inevitable and the lesser of two evils choice. 

McCain now has work to do.  To win, he needs the base that he has disdained for the past 8 years.  He needs to unify and galvanize the base, and the best thing he can do is choose a good, conservative running mate, and make overtures to the base, to Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity.  He needs to go to CPAC in with a conciliatory, unifying tone,  and show conservatives convincingly how he will help advance our goals and agenda.  It’s a tough road and may not be possible, but it is a must for him to win the Presidency. 

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