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McCain and the Republican Party Brand

Posted by Ryan on May 21, 2008

I just read this Politico piece by John Feehery on the Republican Party’s relationship with McCain.  His take is that Bush stalwarts like Hastert, Lott, and Delay are no longer on the scene and McCain, ever the frustrating maverick, is now the presumptive GOP nominee. Hence, the maverick becomes the savior in lieu of the Republican’s crushing Congressional defeats of late.

My take is simple: whenever the Republican Party gets wimpy and vague, it is going to lose.  After seventy years of playing identity/socialist politics, the Dems have the (undeserved) reputation of being the “nice” ones.  Republicans don’t have that reputation because ever since FDR, Americans have elected Republicans to do the dirty work of cleaning up Democrat messes (Ike was elected to fix the Korean War, Nixon was elected to fix Vietnam, Reagan was elected to fix everything Carter did, Dubya was elected to fix our image after BJ).  So if we’re going to run a campaign with pale pastels against the Dems, the folks go with the trusty nice people: the Dems. Ugh.  Running to the middle has been our problem because the American people see no differences or alternatives: hence an animus towards the Party in the White House… us! 

It’s not that conservatism has failed, it’s that the potential practitioners wussed out before doing enough great or significant things, falling victim to the Washington big-government=power/popularity culture.  The pale pastel approach will lead to serious electoral disaster this Fall, as it has in those three districts, especially with a potentially jazzed Obama base with a tested 50-state organization, ready to pound McCain and the Republican brand name into serious minority status.

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The 1960s in the 2008 Election

Posted by Ryan on May 5, 2008

Some other chickens have come home to roost, so to speak.  One undercurrent about John Kerry’s run in 2004 was how sins of the past, when everybody was doing crazy things in the 1960s and 1970s, would come back to haunt some of those idiots. 

The “Swift Vets and POWs For Truth” were a perfect example of this:  if you lied about your military experience and run for President on your military experience, people will (and have the right to) call you out on it.  Despite the MSM’s point of view, being “Swift Boated” means someone called you on your attempt to white-wash an important time in your life when you did something stupid that could hurt your current political ambitions.

Both Obama and She Who Must Not Be Named have connections to this time period:  Obama’s got Bill Ayers and SWMNBN has her own radical statements and activism.  This article from the Arizona Republic draws attention to this phenomenon in the current election cycle.  And, by the way, what was John McCain doing back then?  Oh, that’s right, he was being degraded, beaten, and tortured in a POW camp in Vietnam.  Hence, as the article mentions, that’s is why he’s immune from the attacks about bad youth behavior.

Hat Tip: Malkin.

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John McCain: Heroic In More Ways Than One

Posted by Mike on April 30, 2008

One thing I learned about war heroes when I was a child is that not many of them like to talk about their experiences. As I became interested in politics, I noticed that this tendency held true, which was surprising since politicians are supposed to enjoy talking about themselves. One politician in particular, Bob Dole, was a walking example of the true hero who did not frequently speak of his noble sacrifices. People like Dole and those other war heroes deserve that accolade not only for the immeasurable sacrifices they made for their country during wartime, but also for the dignity with which they carry themselves when they refuse to talk about those sacrifices despite clearly earning the right to do so.

John McCain is a walking example of this model. Obviously he speaks of his P.O.W. experience to some degree. As a Presidential candidate, he is expected to provide some biographical information and questions about his sacrifices are bound to come up. Like the war heroes who came before him however, McCain carries himself with dignity, which also displays strength of character. Despite following politics extremely closely for half of my life young? life now, I never heard this story about John McCain despite the Senator having countless opportunities to tell everyone about it.

I don’t agree with everything John McCain stands for, but I am delighted that America has its first opportunity in 12 years to elect a war hero to the Presidency. Hopefully we’ll do it this time.

AP photo via the WSJ link

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Global Warming’s Fried President Bush

Posted by Ryan on April 16, 2008

The Global Warming alarmists have finally worn down the GOP passed the weak-kneed crowd, and into the Bush-crowd (which is increasingly looking like only Dubya himself).  Only the open-minded, conservative-wing remains as the firewall against an economic cataclysm based on ever-changing scientific data. 

It goes to show how all Libs need to do is find an issue where they can make Republicans look “mean” and the GOP will fold as fast as they can in order to avoid this label without fighting back.  

I believe a lot of this has to do with a second-term Presidential “legacy” hunt: Bush has decided that getting on the record about climate change and global warming will somehow help him in the annals of history.  He’s not going to get anything through Congress, only suggest some horrible economic policies based on bad science because it’s politically correct nowadays.  

I voted for Dubya in 2004: he was great on Iraq, the War on Terror, taxes, life, judges, etc. (plus look at his opponent!  Did you know John Kerry was in Vietnam?  He was, really!).  This second term has been a nightmare:  amnesty, the Iraq malaise until Petraeus, Harriet Myers, out-of-control spending, getting the knee-pads out for China, etc., now catering to the global warming crowd right when scientists are starting to take another look at it!  Ugh. 

Alas, McCain wouldn’t be any better, and those other two clowns would be much worse.  Going “green” is one thing (a fad mostly — however, once something’s a fad, it’ll eventually go out of style), but the potential for government interference without end, attacking the roots of our capitalist system based on maleable science is scary!  Who does Bush think we are, Europe?

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