Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Why McCain provokes paranoia on the right
Not only does the Arizona senator mock conservative orthodoxy, but, even worse, his pro-immigration think tank took money from George Soros and other frightening liberals.
By Joe Conason
Feb. 07, 2008 | John McCain's gleeful proclamation on Tuesday evening that he is the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination could only have intensified the despairing rage of his party's far right. For months the zealots have watched helplessly as the Arizona senator, who built his maverick reputation by taunting and tweaking them, clambered back into contention by humbling their would-be champions. Suddenly, the conservative cause found its last hopes reposing in the likes of Mitt Romney, a dubious convert, and Mike Huckabee, a suspect populist.
That desperate situation, which displayed the political disarray of their movement, only got worse for conservatives as McCain moved inexorably closer to victory on Tuesday night. And now they will have to listen to his claim that he is a legitimate heir to Ronald Reagan and decide whether to line up dutifully behind a man they have despised for a decade.
Certainly there will be many elected officials, bureaucrats, officeholders and assorted pork-choppers who will fall into the McCain ranks without much protest, out of personal interest or partisan loyalty. If conservatives could persuade themselves to accept Romney's professions of the true faith despite his record of support for abortion rights and gay rights, then why not believe McCain when he promises supply-side tax cuts?
As Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, James Dobson and their lesser imitators furiously explain, they have strong reasons to distrust "straight talker" McCain, who straddles and shifts incessantly to advance his contrarian political strategy. He has so casually disrespected them and their opinions over the years, showing up routinely on the wrong side of so many of their issues, from climate change to gun control to campaign finance reform to the marriage amendment to the Bush tax cuts to judicial nominations, that endorsing him now would look like a wholesale abandonment of principle.
McCains last hurrah. Chances of winning? Somewhere around a snowballs chance in hell.
HucKKKabee just does not know when to quit, people of a religious nature tend to wear out their welcome being God's servant till the end. Maybe he thinks an old dude like McCain could croak at any minute and as such is biding his time. Or it is McCains last chance at the big chair. The repugs know they have NO chance of winning unless they declare martial law beforehand and appoint deadeye dick to the big chair.
Whether McCain is this or that is water over a broken dam. He has more skeletons in his closet than the Addams Family. Starting with kicking the Native Americans in AZ off their prized land because underneath it is a rich coal deposit and going down from there. Once more for the Gipper.
Hold yer nose!