Wednesday, May 28, 2008

More on Not Voting for McCain
Mike Rappaport

Via Instapundit, Rachel Lucas writes:

We’re done with Bush now and we’re getting a new president. And it’s probably going to be Obama because so many people who otherwise could prevent that outcome simply won’t do it because McCain doesn’t say what they want him to say about whatever their pet cause is. It doesn’t matter to these people that there is no “Reagan” waiting in the wings to take over after Obama pulls a Jimmy Carter on the country.

We don't know who will be available 4 years from now.  But one good way to make sure there is no Reagan is to elect John McCain, who will not only govern badly, but will also make it hard for the Republicans to have any principles. 

Notice how Lucas turns issues of principles into "pet causes."   That is absurd.  But she's right about one thing.  Her post does treat principles as the equivalent of "pet causes."

So, in response to Rachel Lucas, right back at you: "I think your plan is shitty."

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My pet cause is the Constitution. The was also the pet cause of every American two centuries ago. Times change.
Rachel Lewis will learn too late that when anything goes, it is women who lose first.

Posted by: james wilson | May 28, 2008 10:04:02 AM

And if Obama is elected, we'll all lose 4 years sooner.

Posted by: John S | May 28, 2008 11:06:00 AM

The problem with sending a message to the Republicans by voting against their candidate is that the Republicans may not get the message. If McCain loses the Republican leadership is quite capable of deciding that he wasn't leftist enough. I don't want to give them that opportunity. Better to vote for the lesser evil than to be fancy and risk being misinterpreted.

McCain is no gift, but Obama promises to be weak on national defense and would probably appoint leftist judges who would make mischief for decades to come. We're still recovering from Vietnam, Watergate and Jimmy Carter, and I hope that we can avoid repeating that cycle.

Posted by: Jonathan | May 28, 2008 6:39:07 PM

On some issues -- too many -- McCain is barely recognizable as a Republican. But the damage he can do will be undoable within one or two subsequent elections. The damage done by a Democratic administration will be ours for a generation or more: leftist activist Supreme Court Justices and utterly delusional foreign policy with fatal consequences for some or all of us. As the parent of two sons in the American military, I know precisely which candidate from what party will put a HUGE target on my kids' backs and send them on fool's errands -- versus the one who will be unlikely to cavalierly waste their lives and service. We must hold our noses [and he will not appreciate it a bit], but McCain it must be -- unless the care and feeding of the Republican party is more important than the survival of the nation.

Posted by: Winefred | May 29, 2008 5:15:10 AM

No, your plan is still shitter. Your Magic Reagan won't arrive in 4 years. Hell, there will never be a Magic Reagan because Reagan wasn't Reagan.

Just look at your "perfect" conservative this election cycle, F. Thompson. He voted for McCain-Fiengold. I guess that makes him a RINO like McCain.

You so called "true conservatives" are conservative versions of Cindy Sheehan and Code Pink. Anyone who doesn't follow lock step with you are branded as traitors. Pelosi isn't liberal enough for Sheehan and McCain isn't conservative enough for The Right Coast.

Posted by: Roy Mustang | May 29, 2008 5:52:28 AM

The candidate that most invoked the traditions of classic liberalism, or "true" conservativeism was Ron Paul. His domestic policies followed the Constitution though his foreign policy would have been bad for the country. What we need is a candidate who can has a deep knowledge of the Founders' intent, can pull the country out of the nanny-state we are in and release us to succeed or fail on our own again. That was the driving force behind American ingenuity, the knowledge that if you didn't try your best, there was nothing else to support you. I respectfully submit that all welfare, healthcare, education, and related spending at the federal level be cut off and those responsibilities be returned to the states as the Constitution says is their sole right.

Posted by: KenWilson | May 29, 2008 11:25:09 PM

How do you answer Hewitt's arguement that there are 6 reasons to vote for McCain: the war, and the prospects of the next President appointing 5 Supreme Court justices (and let's not quibble about the numbers)?

Posted by: Nonesuch | May 31, 2008 9:12:45 PM