Carol Platt Liebau: Stop the McCainity

Monday, December 12, 2005

Stop the McCainity

Had a lovely lunch with Lorie Byrd and her charming daughters this afternoon. Speaking of Lorie, she's spitting fire over the suggestion that McCain may be getting a "second look" from some on the right who see him as the GOP's "only hope."

Give me a break. McCain is unpalatable to any traditional conservative for the reasons that Lorie outlines so eloquently. What's more, anyone who believes that he's the party's "only hope" must be smoking something. The GOP has a number of advantages -- not the least that of an opposition party run by appeaser-moonbats. If the Iraq situation stabilizes, the economy continues to do well, and the Republicans in Congress bring themselves to act like the Republicans of 1994 (i.e. cut some spending!), there's no reason for desperation.

And even if there were, a pro-tax, free-speech-limiting, grandstanding, showboating, MSM-favor-currying candidate is not the answer.

P.S. Don't write me about not "respecting" McCain. I honor his service in Vietnam. And though I applaud his courage there, I don't think that it earns him automatic and perpetual deference in the political arena.

7 Comments:

Blogger Pete said...

I agree, Carol.

Honoring his military service does not give him a free pass in politics.

A McCain candidacy will probably put me in the Liberatarian column, even though some of their social issues need strong revision.

An interesting side show has begun here in Connecticut. Our old, original RINO, Lowell Weicker, has announced he may seek the Senate seat he lost to Joe Lieberman if a viable anti-war candidate is not running against Joe. We probably don't have a viable anti-war candidate in the GOP even in CT, so that could mean that I will have to vote for Joe again, to try to prevent a three-way split and Weicker's possible victory. Weicker back in the Senate would be a disaster! But that's another subject!

5:08 AM  
Blogger dodger said...

Agree, I have long wondered why serving in the military elevates one to such plateaus that their every utterance is as if handed from on high. Respect is deserved and should be accorded. And we as a nation have always given our soldiers a head start, a hand up in recognition of their service. And if they use it for great achievement that's great. Use it for goofy ideas like McCain has and one wonders if he doesn't need a refresher course on the Constitution. But as much as that I always sense he is lecturing me. I know this guy and you sit down to talk to him and it starts out fairly lucid and I'm nodding and following and all of a sudden I realize I don't have any idea what he is talking about. That's McCain.

7:51 AM  
Blogger dodger said...

Agree, I have long wondered why serving in the military elevates one to such plateaus that their every utterance is as if handed from on high. Respect is deserved and should be accorded. And we as a nation have always given our soldiers a head start, a hand up in recognition of their service. And if they use it for great achievement that's great. Use it for goofy ideas like McCain has and one wonders if he doesn't need a refresher course on the Constitution. But as much as that I always sense he is lecturing me. I know this guy and you sit down to talk to him and it starts out fairly lucid and I'm nodding and following and all of a sudden I realize I don't have any idea what he is talking about. That's McCain.

7:52 AM  
Blogger American by Choice said...

The biggest mistake of all of the pro-McCain strategists is to imagine the MSM will stay loyal/supportive/affectionate to him come the campaign. They'll attempt to tear him apart just like any other Republican candidate. And he'll have the massive disadvantage of a disillusioned right of center blogosphere not very well motivated to counter.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Dan M said...

I think I may be one of those that she is "spitting fire" about.

About a week ago, she blogged about McCain over at Polipundit. And I disagreed with her about McCain, and said that I didn't think it wise to wage a quasi-jihad against McCain, when it appears likely he will get the nomination in '08.

Well little did I know, that was like a minor detonation, and brought forth of barrage of criticisms of my position in the comment thread. Lorie pitching in as well.

I think we need to ask ourselves WHO is going to get the nomination? Not necessarily who would we prefer. I would perfer Gingrich, and then George Allen. But Allen's performance during the Senate resolution looked small, {in fact, it wasn't just a question of perception, IT WAS SMALL, he showed little strength during that whole fiasco}, and compared to McCain, he will appear to lack heft. Gingrich was tarnished, and because we allowed him to get tarnished before, he is toxic today.

Giullani I like, but his positions run too contrary to those of the GOP.

So guess who is left...... McCain.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Ralph said...

If he turns out to be the candidate, I will almost certainly support him, but to my thinking, he will have to tie himself in knots to win enough primaries. In the meantime I will do nothing to support him and everything possible to impede his progress. I thought his behavior in the primaries six years ago was despicable and the only thing I can hold in his favor is my impression that he might hold the budget better than Bush has.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

I honestly do not believe McCain will prevail in the primaries. He's too much of a loose cannon and defender of leftist policies.

Rudy? Great leadership in New York after 9/11, but... He's left on social issues, and I don't think on a closer look, his divorce and gal-pal will serve him well, either.

There are a bunch of other lesser possibilities out there, but most would be toast against Hildabeast. Which leads to, I think, the only viable candidate - Condi Rice! Run, Condi, Rin - I'm with you all the way!

5:12 AM  

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