Doom is not impendingJohn 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.
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