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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Welcome To The Desert

McCain and his supporters need to get over the delusion that he's winning primaries because of conservatives. Only 29% of self-described Sunshine State conservatives voted for him. The rest of his support came (as usual) from self-described liberals and moderates in the "closed-yet open" Florida primary. Unfortunately, the misperception of conservative support will cause conservatives in future primaries and caucuses to believe that their brethren are already on McCain's bandwagon.

Senator McCain claims he will bring back faith in government, yet he feels the need to slant the truth or outright lie about his GOP opponents in order to win. His warping of Romney's comments about Iraq where shameful (even the press thought so!), and reason enough to not vote for the Senator. Even worse, not only does he distort the words of his opponents but he lies about his own record as well. On Fox News McCain said "in 24 years as a member of Congress, I have never asked for nor received a single earmark or pork barrel project for my state..." That is not true. He channeled $10 million toward the University of Arizona for an academic center named after the late Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist; and he attempted to secure a $5 million earmark for a wastewater project in Arizona after Congress had rejected the request in its own spending bill. As Ted Stevens said: one man's pork is another man's alternative white meat.

Does anyone really believe McCain will appoint conservative, strict-constructionist justices who might overturn McCain-Feingold, his signature piece of legislation? The Gang of 14 is hardly a friendly force for conservative justices. And beware bloggers, if you want to criticize John McCain you better do it while you can. As president he'll work to put a McCain-Feingoldesque noose around our necks as well.

It's also a big concern that Juan Hernandez, a former Mexican cabinet official (and future American department head?) is still part of McCain's campaign as Hispanic Outreach Director. Juanny-boy is best known for quotes like: I never knew the border as a limitation. I'd be delighted if all of us could come and go between these two marvelous countries, and There are twenty million people, like myself, who have one foot in Mexico and one foot in the United States, and we're very proud of it. Good grief!

We've had eight years of lack-luster conservative leadership under W. As a result conservatism has lost its way. It has no leader, no conviction and the GOP is abandoning it. Now that we're staring down four to eight years of the same kind of trouble, I find myself in the same boat as Rush Limbaugh: I can see possibly not supporting a Republican nominee. I'm tired of voting for the lessor of evils. I'm tired of voting "against" someone instead of "for" someone, and I absolutely refuse to keep up the pretense. If McCain gets the nod the GOP can plow it's own field; I'm putting down my yoke. Maybe we need 4 to 8 years of wandering in a Democratic desert to find ourselves again. After all, Carter brought about Reagan and Clinton brough about the 1994 GOP Congress, maybe some clarity awaits at the end of a Hillary or Obama presidency.

Will I actually vote for a Democratic presidential candidate? I don't know. But if I don't, it means I won't be voting at all should McCain win the nomination.

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