Carol Platt Liebau: Is John McCain Even a Republican?

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Is John McCain Even a Republican?

After a morning like this one, I'm tempted to wonder. Sometimes it seems that McCain heads a pro-McCain party of one.

In the wake of the Gang of 14 meeting earlier today, this was his quote on Fox News:

"Judge Alito's nomination has been here a week. I am, obviously, very favorably disposed toward his nomination. But to make a conclusion before one hearing is even held is probably not the way that, at least, the 14 is going to function, as far as I know."

What a bunch of self-important, pompous poppycock. No one's asking John McCain to pledge his vote for Judge Alito. The only relevant fact, this morning, is whether, at this point, he sees "extraordinary circumstances" that would justify a filibuster. How difficult would it have been for him to opine on that matter -- especially since he makes himself so "available" to the press to comment on everything else?

One or two more senators assering the non-existence of "extraordinary circumstances" would have allowed the nomination to proceed forward with infinitely more smoothness. It's worth wondering why John McCain was so reluctant to take the Dems' "big stick" away -- aside from the fact that doing so would have removed him from the limelight that results from his supposed holding of a "pivotal" vote on a potential filibuster.


Blogger HouseOfSin said...

All of a sudden, today's sex ruling by the Ninth Circuit puts into square focus the need for Alito's immediate confirmation.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what he is either - except nauseating. He was on Imus (ew) the other week, via telephone, and was kissing Imus's ass. Who is he and what does he stand for?

1:10 PM  
Blogger wile e coyote said...

Aside from personal aggrandizement, McCain's keeping the Democrats in suspense will promote more civil behavior.

On the other hand, once the Democrats know they can not filibuster without triggering the "nuclear option", their more partisan members (Kennedy, Schumer, Durbin) will have nothing to lose by trashing Alito.

True, McCain might be doing the right thing for the wrong reasons (i.e., ego), but he is doing the right thing.

Asking whether McCain is actually a Republican is beneath the usually high standard of thoughtfulness and decorum Carol sets for herself.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

rzafft wrote, "Asking whether McCain is actually a Republican is beneath the usually high standard of thoughtfulness and decorum Carol sets for herself."


Good one there, rzafft.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Draino said...

Whatever about McCain, anybody see Cheney's 19% approval rating? Gee, he's almost as popular as Hitler.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...


This in from Reuters today,

Earlier this week, Republican Sens. Mike DeWine of Ohio and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, both members of the Group of 14, said they would oppose a filibuster. DeWine said he would even vote to cut off Democrats' rights to launch judicial filibusters if they attempted one in this case.

But DeWine and Graham, two of the group's more conservative members, emerged from a meeting of the full group on Thursday, saying members were taking a wait-and-see approach.

This raises the questions, "Are Mike Dewine and Lindsay Graham Even Republicans?"

10:22 PM  
Blogger David said...

"Is John McCain Even a Republican?"

That was a simple rhetorical device, right?


Most *soi disant* Republican Congresscritters aren't Republican—at least, not in the sense of conservative, limited government, individual rights/responsibilities Republicans of old. No, most are Republican'ts of the "We cannot resist [as if they'd ever truly tried] the Demoncraps' behavior and agenda, so we're just going along for the ride, dragging our heels a bit for appearance's sake" strips.

Feh. A pox on both their houses.

1:07 AM  

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