McCain Gains On The RightIf we are going to return to the days of picking a candidate who "can win," we might as well trot out Bob Dole again. He was nominated in 1996 for the very same reason. And we all know how that turned out.
By Deborah Orin
February 3, 2006 -- Republican conservatives are really warming up to Sen. John McCain as they look ahead to 2008 — and one reason is they are starting to see him as the best person to beat Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Conservatives loved the poll that showed McCain would trounce Clinton by 52 to 36 percent in a White House. It came along just as they were reminding themselves that McCain really is a true-blue conservative. (link)
The Democrats can tell us how well that plays come election time too. The powers-that-be thought John Kerry was "electable" (and compared to Screamin' Howie Dean and Al Sharpton, he was). But you see where such "strategy" gets you.
Let me make this as clear as I can: I am a fiscal and social conservative who tries my best to be a Republican. If the Republican Party nominates John McCain, I'll either vote for an opponent (third party?) or I'll skip the presidential race when I go to the polls.
I and hundreds of thousands of like-minded conservatives will never vote for McCain. Ever.
I'll not again go into all the reasons why McCain has forfeited the conservative label. I'll just mention his enthusiastic support for tax increases over the years and his shameful leadership in the most egregious assault on our First Amendment freedoms in my lifetime as two examples.
So here's a warning to the RNC: You nominate John McCain, I stay home. And Bill Clinton returns to the White House.
Think it through.