Tuesday, June 10, 2008

When did McCain get so conservative?

I was thinking the other day when reading about the upcoming campaign for president how just a few years ago all us Republicans were in a uproar about how John McCain was in serious discussions/negotiations to switch parties.

This was extrememly serious chatter at the time and people were pointing to his work, his ability to work with key liberals like Feingold, Kennedy and Liebermann on legislation. He was called by many to be more than a maverick who is really principled but a moderate who was starting to lean more left all the time. A quick google search revealed the truth. An article in May 2002 by Josh Green called "The Big Switch" is very telling of what people were saying and how McCain was feeling. Very interesting read.

Fast forward to today where he is being repositioned by the democrats as running for George W. Bush's third term. Where is the media on this extreme contradiction? This guy is not a hard core conservative he is a fiscal conservative and a hawk but on many social issues if you peel back the rhetoric you'll see he is much more moderate.

So, I think you'll see this floated in the back channels of the campaign to earn the votes of Hillary democrats. What you have is the choice between a moderate in McCain and an ultra liberal elitist in Obama. Only Obama's wife is more liberal than Barack himself.

True conservatives will have hold their noses when they vote for McCain and it will be much like Bush 41 all over again.....who by the way wasn't a Reagan conservative either.

This brings me to my last thought on this issue. I was watching the politico pundits on TV and they were discussing the polling data on which way Hillary democrats will fall with her out of the race. I make my voting decisions on ideological grounds so I'll never understand how someone could support Hillary and then turn to McCain rather than Obama. It is just such a leap. Same with McCain with conservatives. They keep saying he has to woo the right wing of the part with a more conservative person as Veep. I don't understand that at all. If you are a true conservative how could ever consider voting for Obama? His ideas are contrary to everything you hold dear. Given any real thought to the election at all would lead a conservative to pick McCain even if just as the lesser of two evils. It just proves what we are all really afraid of and that many and most people must vote by emotion or most people or so hopelessly confused in the middle that they don't have a political philosophy.

I'd love to hear from someone who is a conservative Republican who is actually considering voting for Obama and why? Don't try to fake it either if you are a liberal.....I'll sniff you out in 2 seconds.


Anonymous said...

I can’t understand why more people can’t see it. McCain is the Frog Boiler!

What do I mean? There is an old allegory about how to boil a frog. It is said that if you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water it will immediately jump out.

But if you drop a frog in water that is slightly warm and turn up the heat gradually then the frog just sits there and lets itself be boiled alive, without attempting to jump out of the pot, without even knowing that it is indeed being boiled alive.

This allegory has been applied again, and again regarding the American people’s reaction to liberalism/socialism. And it is pretty clear who is who if you apply this allegory to this year’s election.

So let's vote for the candidate who will make the frog jump out of the pot so we can have a true conservative in 2012. Otherwise we will all get gradually boiled alive.

After all it took Carter to get us Reagan.

JOCOeveryman said...

Great comparison. I certainly honor McCain's sacrifice to our country as a POW, and I think he has been a reformer in the Senate in many cases. I think his experience as a soldier and a POW makes him probably the most uniquely trusted person on this crazy war(s). But he is also a very moderate person socially and it scares me a bit.

You make an interesting point about Carter to get Reagan and maybe it will work out that way but I just can't. I can't vote for Obama because I just don't think we can afford it. Remember also because we tried to paint history a bit differently that Carter was a fairly moderate President and was socially pretty conservative as far as liberal democrats go. We've never seen anything like Obama this close to the Presidency in terms of liberalism. That will bear itself out if people listen, I hope. He is marketing himself to the middle right now but he is a elitist-liberal....the worst kind.

Frog Boiler....that is sweet. Thanks for posting a comment. Please feel free to post anytime.