Bush: McCain a “True Conservative”
Posted by Ryan on February 10, 2008
In a taped interview for Fox News Sunday, President Bush called John McCain a “true conservative” who may have trouble convincing skeptics otherwise. Bush cites taxes, defense and abortion as areas where McCain is somewhat right-of-center.
Although I’m not sure Bush’s idea of a “true” conservative is the same one I would use. Bush did adopt all those high-spending budgets, he did expand entitlements and oversaw the largest growth of the federal government since the Great Society of Lyndon Johnson. Though, Bush was great on Life issues, the military, and tax cuts.
Yet, Bush was also great on judges and would have been even better if not for that extra-constitutional “Gang of 14” led by John McCain. Uh oh. The 2004 Election could have been a cake walk if Moveon and other kook groups hadn’t been able to receive unlimited 527 contributions under McCain-Feingold. Uh oh. Bush would have even had his pet amnesty if it wasn’t for McCain-Kennedy being so absolutely back-room horrible, creating white-hot rage amongst conservatives. Uh oh.
“True” Conservative, huh? It would have been nice if Bush had come out claiming the conservative credentials of real conservatives like Hunter and Thompson, and luke-warmly for Romney. But a Bush endorsement is not likely to help any Republican in the Fall Campaign. Who knows, maybe that’s what Bush is getting at…
Pic from ElectJohnMcCain.com