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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

McCain, Same As He Ever Was

Conservative support is in short supply these days for Senator McCain, but not over at Powerline blog, where they have shown a greater tolerance for his antics and a more positive regard for his candidacy than you'll find on most right-leaning blogs. Nothing wrong with that – Powerline has a “fair and honest broker” quality that serves them very well, and I appreicate that they don't have a "piling on" mentality.

I do think, however, that they’ve missed the point regarding this recent remark by McCain directed at Mitt Romney:
Maybe I should wait a couple weeks and see if [Romney's position on the immigration legislation] changes. Maybe he can get out his small varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his yard.
Paul, who is the most pro-McCain of the Powerline trio, remarked: “Hugh Hewitt contends that this represents McCain's "meltdown moment," but I don't agree. The first sentence represents fair comment given Romney's pattern of flip-flopping, and the second sentence is quite funny. This is the kind of sharp, biting straight-talk that makes McCain stand out and contributes to his popularity."

John and Scott also felt that McCain got off a good “zinger” at Romney’s expense.

The problem with McCain’s quip was the context in which it was offered. Throughout the immigration debate, he’s further cemented his image as an arrogant, egomaniacal jerk. And he had just come off an incident in which he hurled the F-bomb at Senator Cornyn, a serious critic of the current immigration bill, during discussions regarding the bill.

Romney’s position in opposition to the immigration bill generally reflects that of the majority of his party. McCain’s sarcastic, unserious comment was not just a swipe at Romney, but a derisive, back of the hand dismissal of all those who oppose his position on immigration. It's simply another example of McCain's attitude that those who oppose him are somehow deficient and unworthy of having their views taken seriously. It's a very oddly liberal/Democrat attitude, frankly.

Paul's suggestion that McCain's remark is "the sort of straight talk that makes McCain stand out", fails to note that McCain’s straight talk almost invariably comes at the expense of his fellow Republicans, with conservative Republicans being a particularly favorite target of his "wit". This is the sort of thing that made him, contrary to Paul's assertion, very unpopular during his 2000 run, particularly with those who mattered in securing the GOP nomination.

If McCain wanted to appeal to the GOP faithful, he'd direct his zingers at his supposed opponents on the other side of the aisle rather at those he's purportedly courting, and refrain from reaching across the aisle to join hands in showy displays of bipartisan grandstanding.


Blogger Frake said...

I was perplexed that PowerLine thought McCain had a chance. I pretty much thought that McCain’s campaign was DOA (Dead On Arrival). His recent press releases were just nails in the coffin as far as I’m concerned.

Good Post.

5/22/2007 5:13 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I've always like McCain. However, I've never really thought of him as a serious presidential candidate. Actually, the ony person that I've ever seen and actually wished they were running was Mrs. Dole, after that great speach she gave at the convention. Does anyone remember that? It was great!

Tim Dahl

5/24/2007 7:34 AM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

Tim -

Congrats on the anticipated new member to your family!

Elizabeth Dole did give a great speech, but her actions that followed showed her to be a "go along to get along" moderate. These RINO Republicans are a large part of the difficulty in trying to carry the Conservative agenda forward.

Rush Limbaugh once characterized moderates as drivers with the right foot pushing the accelerator and the left simultaneously applying some brake to "moderate" things. He pointed out that it is difficult to win races using this practice and is at the same time destructive to the vehicle (i.e. the GOP). He concluded that in the "middle of the road" one often finds a yellow stripe along with some occasional road kill.

5/24/2007 8:17 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Right Hook,

That is a good point.


6/06/2007 3:35 PM  

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