Monday, January 21, 2008

Doom is not impending

John McCain's victory Saturday in the South Carolina Primary has spurred both interest and scorn in some quarters, with some in the press all but ready to crown McCain the nominee, while others are talking a lot about the Republican "demolition derby" in this Primary season. Not a few are actively suggesting that McCain not be supported should he be the nominee in the fall.

First of all, everyone who is now whining that this is all over and McCain is going to be the nominee because everyone says so needs to be reminded that McCain is the latest "flavor of the week" in this unique 2008 process. We've gone from Huckabee to Romney to McCain in quick succession, and with a slew of contests left including Super Tuesday, nothing is decided yet. The other factor that everyone needs to remind ourselves is that if John McCain wins the nomination, it really isn't the end of the world.

Many conservatives tend to have a "doomsday" complex that says "if our man/woman isn't chosen, it is the end of the world as we know it." I have as many concerns about John McCain as the rest of the conservative movement (the number is great enough that I have lost count), but those determined to say that a McCain nomination will destroy the republic have apparently reduced the danger of a Clinton or Obama presidency. Conservatives have been surprised before, both pleasantly and unpleasantly. Before everyone merely jumps to the conclusion that a McCain nomination means the end of the conservative movement in the Republican Party, it needs to be stressed that the nominating process is far from concluded. If John McCain is the GOP nominee, he will have the task of uniting a fractured party and bringing out the Republican base to vote in November (without which he knows he cannot win)-something tells me that McCain won't be doing that by running on liberalism.

Relax...none of this is over yet.



At Monday, January 21, 2008 8:36:00 AM, Anonymous Adam Graham said...

McCain would in some ways be a better President that Barack or Hillary, but in other ways would lead to far worse as Republicans would have a hard time standing up to President McCain's liberalism.

Yes, I doubt if nominated he'll say, "I'm running to grant amnesty to illegals, appoint liberal judges that will affirm my campaign finance regulations, and ruin the nation's economy through Global Warming Regulations." But anyone can say anything they need to.

He will fund Embryonic Stem Cell Research on Embryos in Fertility Clinics. What scientists will find is that there's really not enough embryos available to amount to much, and in order to continue this "groundbreaking research", you can expect abortion to be used and in the end, glorified as a way for pregnant mothers to help humanity.

However, that's how he'll govern. His opposition to ANWR drilling has been key in stopping it. And by doing so, McCain shoulders a lot of blame for the current increase in fuel prices.

I was thinking about this when I was at th estore looking at the high prices and I said to myself, "Well, if the Caribou are so important, let them man your phonebanks and contribute funds."

While, if McCain's the nominee, I won't go about publicly opposing him, if he expects help from me or wants literature from me-no way. I'll not defend him or praise him on my blog because he's happened to convince people that his honorable 7 years as a POW is more important that a decade of betraying conservatives at every turn for his own glorification in the media.

I'm certainly not going to contribute to the destruction of our nation, and truth be told I'd rather have 4 years of Hillary. Her genuine lack of political instincts and likelihood to over-reach would probably lead to Republicans retaking Congress in 2010, while McCain would probably only erode Republican support in Congress by dispiriting the base and instead driving Democrats and Liberals (his base in this election) out to the polls to cast Congressional ballots. Look at what happened to Congressional Republicans during the Eisenhower Administration. "Winning" those two elections with someone whose main appeal was to Independents and Moderates led to the Republican party shrinking from 48 Seats in the Senate to 37. A similar thing would happen with McCain. Republicans would begin by losing his own Senate Seat in Arizona, which would be filled by a Democrat.

At Tuesday, January 22, 2008 2:46:00 PM, Blogger Matt Daley said...

Official news:


A statement from Fred:

"Today I have withdrawn my candidacy for President of the United States," Thompson said. "I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort. Jeri and I will always be grateful for the encouragement and friendship of so many wonderful people."

On a personal note, as a Thompson supporter, I'd just like to say THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this happen. I sincerely hope that you're all happy with your work and the choices you've left for yourself over the next several months.

Today -- January 22, 2008 -- is yet another day that will live in infamy, for today is the day that the Reagan Coalition has officially died.

Considering how few true Reagan-ites are left and how Thompson fared (and was treated) in this campaign, it's incredibly unlikely to expect another like Thompson to run again.

Like Fred said on Saturday night, this isn't about him. This isn't about me or anyone else. This is about the United States of America, heretofore the greatest country in the history of the world.

And today is an incredibly sad day in our nation's history.

We're so far down the wrong road now, there may very well be no going back.


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