Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
During the last 24 hours I have been asked no less than a couple dozen times what I think of John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin to be on the Republican ticket with him. I have no great insights into the selection (so you might want to stop reading now), but I share here four or five quick observations.
One of the great things about attending RightOnline and the Defending the American Dream Texas Summit was meeting lots of great bloggers. Check out the blogs of some of the neat people we met in Austin this weekend.
We are on our way to Austin where my wife and I will be blogging the Defending the American Dream Texas Summit. It is being sponsored by some great organizations; Americans For Prosperity, The Sam Adams Alliance, RightOnline, etc.. And, there are some great speakers scheduled; Michael Steele, Grover Norquist, John Fund, Bob Barr, Michelle Malkin, etc. Come on back to the blog over the next few days as I share my thoughts on the experience. Or, go on over to Susan’s blog and get some more well thought out reflections on the event.
I’m not a Republican. No, I’m not a Democrat, either. I’m not a Libertarian and I’m not Green. I’m independent with a non-capital i.
I find no fault with anyone who is active in a political party, such as my wife. But, I just don’t feel like I can belong to a political party at this point in my life and not get caught in a conflict of interests with the primary calling on my life; the gospel.
Nevertheless, I am a political junkie.
So, I am very interested in what is happening with Huck Pac. After dropping out of the race to become the Republican nominee in the presidential election, Mike Huckabee formed Huck Pac to support Republican candidates who share the conservative values of those who had previously supported Huckabee. To quote Huckabee, “Huck PAC is not a “memory-maker” from the presidential campaign, it is a serious effort to make a difference in the campaigns of Republican candidates everywhere.”
I will be very interested to see how this endeavor develops.
I don’t usually listen to Laura Ingraham on the radio because I am at work during her show. However, several days this week I happened to be in my car during her program. She was ranting and raving with the same hysterical ramblings that she was months ago.
According to Ingraham, John McCain needs to get out there and prove he is a conservative. If he will just show himself to be hateful, bitter, angry and narrow-minded then conservatives can feel comfortable with him as their candidate. In other words, if he acts like her.
That is exactly what John McCain doesn’t need to do. He didn’t become the Republican candidate by acting the way Laura Ingram wants him to act. He isn’t a traditional Republican, and he shouldn’t try to act like one.
Oh, yes, I would very much like for him to take a more firm stance on some issues such as the sanctify of life, but he is not going to win the election this year by portraying himself as more right than he really is. As Dick Morris said in a recent email newsletter, “how did an anti-torture, anti-tobacco, pro-campaign finance reform, anti-pork, pro-alternative-energy Republican ever emerge from the primaries alive? Simple: The GOP electorate, along with the rest of the country, has moved somewhat to the left. (In Florida, for example, exit polls showed that only 27 percent of Republican primary voters described themselves as “very conservative,” while 28 percent said they were “moderate” and 2 percent said they were “very liberal.”)”
Even Republicans don’t want John McCain to sound like Laura Ingraham. By the way, will someone please send her a bottle of Midol.
“We need to return to pure Barry Goldwater conservatism.” That is what one radio talk-show host had to say this week. To most of the listeners that probably sounded pretty innocuous. However, it speaks volumes to the struggle that has taken place in the Republican primary this election cycle. [Read more…]
The New York Times did McCain a huge favor by printing spurious innuendo which implied that John McCain had been involved in an inappropriate relationship. Conservatives who had themselves been attacking McCain’s conservative credentials quickly came to McCain’s defense. McCain needs to send the New York Times a thank you note for helping unite feuding Republicans.