March 07, 2008
A Suggestion for Anti McCain Conservatives

The anti-McCain conservatives have a theory. It goes something like this. Let the Democrats win the White House and as with Jimmy Carter, the public will be so disillusioned they will vote for a conservative in 2012. A new Reagan will arise from the mist to not only win the presidency but also lead the conservative movement to a permanent majority. Carter begat Reagan, Bill and Hillary begat a Republican House and Senate and Barack or Hillary will open the door to Reagan II, or so the thinking goes.

But what if Obama is elected President and also assumes the leadership of a resurgent liberal movement? The Left will claim Bush begat Obama and they could be right. Obama's oratorical skills and his warm and fuzzy message of hope and change appear to resonate with Democrats, independents and confused Republicans as well. Playing on the stressful times in which we find ourselves, voters may fall for the Democrat's "we will take care of you" siren song. Eight years from now we could find a majority of voters more dependent than ever on the government, a leftist one at that. The only way to preclude such a permanent shift to the left is a McCain victory in November.

So how do anti-McCain conservatives back off their rhetoric and support his election? Here's a suggestion. Look at McCain as a one term President (He'll be 72 in 2009). Recognize that he is conservative enough (83% rating from the American Conservative Union) to hold the line against liberal policies for four years. Use those years to find and vet a new leader of the conservative movement and 2012 presidential candidate. If such a person is known today, why not exchange strong conservative support for McCain for the Vice-President spot.

Even the Gipper said that someone who supports him 70% of the time is my friend. John McCain was not my first choice but he is clearly the best choice we have now. Conservatives need to lead the charge to elect him President. If the Senator from Arizona wins without conservative support, they risk being considered irrelevant in 2012. If McCain loses a close race, conservatives could be blamed. Better to be a team player, win or lose.

Posted by warrenpeterson at March 07, 2008 11:09 PM | Email This
1. If McCain supported me 70% of the time I would be thrilled. Reality is it is more like 30%.

Must we remind you...

Free speech -McCain sponsered a horrible attack (McCain Feingold)

Spending - McCain has voted for tons of increases, proposes even more.

Education - voted for the giant increased role for the feds. (NCLB)

I could go on but I have a paper to write.

Posted by: Lysander on March 7, 2008 11:36 PM
2. Ya know, I'm not jumping up and down about McCain, either, but there is something to be said for an easier transition into a "Reagan II" if McCain wins in November. He has said that he is only running for one term. I trust him on that. ...I think.

If Obama wins and he actually holds up his hype for four years, he'll be re-elected, and we'll have to wait 'til 2016 to get our Reagan II.

But then AGAIN, if America is still so inspired by Obama in 2016, they may just want to vote another liberal dem in because they think he/she'll be just like Obama.

It's a vicious cycle, really.

Posted by: Cydney on March 8, 2008 10:12 AM
3. I will vote for McCain. UNLESS the real conservatives can pull their act together and decide on one real conservative and just have a write in candidate! Chances of that....

Posted by: ljm on March 13, 2008 12:29 PM
4. LJM:

By voting for McCain this time you are telling the party that they can go even further to the left next time because you will vote for them regardless. I recommend you vote with your conscience and vote for Ron Paul as a write in. It will send a strong message to the GOP that they need to nominate small government candidates in the future or accept being ignored by the masses.

Posted by: Lysander on March 14, 2008 05:21 PM
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