Nominating McCain is the gesture of a desperate party.
Republicans are so shell-shocked and demoralized by the success of the Bush Derangement Syndrome, they think they can fool the voters by nominating an open-borders, anti-tax cut, anti-free speech, global-warming hysteric, pro-human experimentation "Republican." Which is to say, a Democrat.
As the expression goes, given a choice between a Democrat and a Democrat, voters will always choose the Democrat. The only question remaining is: Hillary or Obama?
On the litmus test issues of our time, only partially excluding Iraq, McCain is a liberal.
- He excoriated Samuel Alito as too "conservative."
- He promoted amnesty for 20 million illegal immigrants.
- He abridged citizens' free speech (in favor of the media) with McCain-Feingold.
- He hysterically opposes waterboarding terrorists and wants to shut down Guantanamo.
Can I take a breath now?
- He denounced the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
- He opposes ANWR and supports the global warming cult, even posturing with fellow mountebank Arnold Schwarzenegger in front of solar panels.
I have to say, I just might print this out and carry it around in my wallet. It will make me feel pretty good over the next few months, even more than the prospect that tons of angry right-wing Republicans like James Dobson will sit this election out and hand it to the Democrats automatically.
But Ann does have a very interesting point- which candidate's election would actually benefit the Democrats and American liberals more?
If Hillary is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with Republicans ferociously opposing her, followed by Republicans zooming back into power, as we did in 1980 and 1994, and 2000. (I also predict more Oval Office incidents with female interns.)Hmm. I will admit, this is something I had not considered. On the one hand, Ann sort of has a point. On the other hand, I can't help but wonder if she hasn't made some sort of deal with McCain (running-mate?) to try to get super-strategic libs to vote for him. Ow, all this double-back-tracking is hurting my head. It's almost as bad as RISK.
If McCain is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with the Republicans in Congress co-opted by "our" president, followed by 30 years of Democratic rule.
There's your choice, America.
I will have to give this more thought (but, knowing me, it probably won't be much).