Conservatism 101: Never Let Your Enemies Tell You Who Your Friends Should Be : The Other McCain

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Best thing you’ll read today and absolutely true for conservatives. Because the press is comprised of liberals, their bias is always to do what is best for liberals. Always.

Meghan McCain’s Message For Republicans

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

During McCain’s tedious, frustrating campaign season, Meghan McCain’s blog shone as a bright spot. Her cute behind-the-scenes pictures and sunny outlook made me like John McCain just a little more. Like many conservative-libertarian types, I held my nose and voted for the man believing that he would be a less-bad alternative to Barack Obama. I’m not sure if that assessment would turn out to be right. We’ll never know.

Since the election, Meghan McCain has made quite the splash. Because she’s young, vapid and, like her father, hates her own, she’s a media darling. She is the perfect embodiment of what it means to be a moderate. As Kim Priestap says about Ms. McCain in her Pajama’s column today, ” ‘I love you. Now please change.'”

Kim disagrees with this urge from moderates:

Ms. McCain is like an ideological carpetbagger. A moderate, she floats into the political culture on the wings of her father’s name in order to set Republicans straight and push them into what she defines as the mainstream, a mission eerily similar to the one her father engaged in for many years. It is unfortunate, for the sake of our Republic, that John McCain was defeated in November, despite his moderate leanings. However, if the Republican Party were to follow the advice of another McCain, the result would be more electoral defeats, further shrinking of the Republican base, and more blurring of the differences between the two parties.

It’s true that the blurring of the parties makes it difficult for voters to get what Republicans stand for and so vote for the clearer message coming from the Left. It is also true that moderates follow personality. And not to knock presidential hopeful John McCain, but he was an old guy who came across like the curmudgeon who yells and shakes his cane at kids running through his yard. Hip and happening he was not.

Where Meghan is right is that Republicans are going to have to find a way to sway political superficials like her or else they’ll continue losing elections. A vast group of people, many women, vaguely follow election coverage, don’t really care about issues and vote on personality and “feelings.” While in Chicago I had a conversation with a couple such women. My travel companion was appalled at their ignorance. I just smiled, asked questions they couldn’t answer, and pondered how the Republican party is going to reach these people.

John Hawkins wrote an excellent piece yesterday about how ideological purity will consign the Republican party to irrelevance. He says:

If you’re conservative or even a libertarian who places a high priority on small government and restraining spending, there is no perfect option. All you can really do is try to get the Republicans back in power, hold their feet to the fire, and get as many Americans as possible to come around to our way of thinking on capitalism, free markets, deficit spending, and the government.

Ideas matter. Principle matters. The Republican brand has been destroyed by hypocritical Republicans who have abandoned any substance that defined them–fiscal restraint, small government, maturity.

Image and message matters too. Republicans have been long on facts and short on story. They’ve done a good job projecting a morally superior, logical argument when people don’t respond to being preached to and are rarely convinced by logic. People don’t like being hectored.

People, especially women, respond to how they feel. Go ahead and curse this reality. Bray at the moon that women like Meghan McCain will be the deciders in the next election. But the fact is, they will be.

So the candidates must have core conservative values but be appealing to the people who follow trends instead of principle. John McCain just didn’t do it for these voters. And if a moderate platform was the key, he would have won in a landslide. But he didn’t.

And moderates need to get this, too. John McCain, the towering moderate that he is, got his butt kicked. Blame Sarah Palin. Go ahead. That’s convenient and maybe partly true. But the bigger problem was McCain’s message (vague, tongue-tied and incoherent) and his ideas (all over the map).

Republicans need to do better. They need to be more principled and more defined and also appeal to people who find smooth talking, fine suits, fabulous mascara and superficial trappings important. To ignore either part of this puzzle will cause us to lose again.


I’ve been waiting to add a link to a very important piece about this topic. Rick Moran of Right Wing Nuthouse has a rather depressing take, but one that deserves consideration.

Cross-posted at RightWingNews

McCain Is In Israel’s Best Interest

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

McCain Is In Israel’s Best Interest
And American voters there know it.

Tigerhawk: “He’s still having fun”

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Via Tigerhawk:

Well, there’s that. And McCain has good comic timing.

Ann Althouse talks about the comedy and Obama. It seems like comedians are afraid to spoof Obama or his wife. There is the racial sensitivity thing. But man the topic is ripe for the picking. And, in some ways, I think there is a sort of reverse-racism involved. If a candidate would be spoofed and he or she is white, but comedians won’t spoof Obama because he’s black…that’s racist.

Did You Have A Problem Voting?

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

If you experience voting problems, the McCain campaign has set up a hotline for you:


Why You Should Vote For John McCain

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Why You Should Vote For John McCain
Good reasons from a good blog friend.

The Post Wherein I Explain Myself

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

More than one friend, both blogger and non-political observers, have warned me that my credibility will be dirt should I hold to the delusion that McCain can pull this election out. My response has been to say, “Shut up and vote. It’s over when it’s over.”

In 2006, I’ll admit it: I didn’t want to see the writing on the wall. The Congressional races were going to be bloodbaths. Republicans were going to lose big. It was obvious and I didn’t want to see it.

John Hawkins, who has been scary-good at predicting these things tells me I’m smoking the hopeful, delusional dope once again. But I’m not. Not this time. This time, I see this and I know the election outcome does not look good for McCain. I read this and I know the Obama strategy is working. I watch the Republican elites bail and I know that they believe it’s over. I note that press is actively working (with a few fair exceptions) to get Obama elected with even the LA Times withholding reporting that might make Obama look bad.

So I see all this and I see that McCain is still within reach and I refuse to be part of the chorus of malcontents adding a nail to the coffin–when there’s no one filling it. As I said earlier today, I believe that there are good reasons people might lie to pollsters about who they are voting for in this election. And then there is the whole lying with statistics thing.

Most of all though, I refuse, REFUSE, to give momentum to a candidate who will promote failed ideologies. In this charged, biased environment, I am not sure what and who to believe and I read this stuff all the time. I’m not sure how much the hype has created this outcome or if the outcome is even created. How do polls swing 8 points in a day when the external environment has barely changed? How do polls that were so extreme a week ago, tighten so dramatically? Why should I believe a word from the media driven polls when they have such a vested interest in the outcome? And I remember it being “over” in 2000 and 2004, too. Hawkins says the internals of the polls and the states swinging were much different. Maybe. Like I said: I’ll admit it. It looks really bad.

It is not, however, impossible. And it is not over.

So this time, I’m not ignoring reality, I’m hoping that reality will change. I’m hoping that volunteers in swing states can change hearts and minds. I’m hoping the McCain campaign will work hard and get a message out that I hope will inspire voters to change their apathetic ways and get out and vote.

Barack Obama, his supporters and the media have given his ascendancy an air of inevitability. You know, everyone wants to be on the side of a winner–especially those not ideologically driven. So, when America was losing the war, it was unpopular. When the war looks won, suddenly everyone supports it. Well, the same thing happens in elections and Obama and the press knows it. There will be grandiose journalistic self-examination after Obama wins. Before then, there’s a job to do and that’s to promote a winner and be on the side of the trendy and new.

I won’t participate in a self-fulfilling prophecy. I just won’t. Those like Peggy Noonan who have aired their concerns could wait ten days to give their constructive criticism, but one suspects their are personal considerations to attend to. Goodness knows that no matter the outcome of this election, the Republicans need to take a long, hard look at their tent. It’s a big tent, but it needs some cleaning up.

That can wait. For the next seven days, I write like we’re winning. I see reality clearly. It’s a long shot. Very long. And still, a McCain win is possible. As long as a win is possible, there will be no hedging or quibbling or criticizing or throwing in the towel. Well, not from me, anyway.

Cross-posted at

McCain Will Win

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

When John McCain wins, won’t the world, Democrats and even establishment Republicans be shocked? I still say that McCain will win. Vote people. The last election came down to just over 500 votes.

I’m not the only one who believes McCain will triumph.

Attention David Frum: Wait Until The Patient Is Dead To Do The Postmortem

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Here’s the thing about so-called “Moderates”: they have no loyalty to any ideal but pragmatism. And pragmatism is defined as “what’s good for me.”

The latest ostensible voice of reason is moderate pragmatist David Frum. He is full of artful, empty prose. In a nutshell, McCain will lose. It is Palin’s fault. Stop spending money on McCain. Spend more on the Senate races.

Today, more wisdom poured forth if only the ignant masses would listen.

David Frum misses something simple:

The time to do postmortems is after the patient dies. The patient is not dead yet. It does not help a moderate Republican get elected when moderate Republicans cut the legs out from under the campaign on the home stretch.

Fiscal conservatives and libertarian Republicans have shown immense restraint this election season. John McCain was not their first, second or third choice. And yet, many soldier on because John McCain is a good man. He has served his country with honor. He will care for the soldiers and finish the battles in Iraq and Afghanistan with foresight. He actually tried to address the Fanny-Freddie mess and saw the problem ahead of time. John McCain is a far better choice than the liberal Barack Obama. That is an understatement.

And yet, guys like Mr. Frum seem to see no ethical problem with opining about building “from the ashes” the new Republican party. Well, newsflash Washington insiders, there aren’t ashes yet. Rather than addressing ideas for rebuilding the party, wait until the patient is dead.

Far from being consumed by an out-pouring of adoring love for the Republican party, the critics seem to be craven opportunists carving out safe real estate because things don’t look great for the home team. Not one of the moderates have articulated a case for Barack Obama. Rather, they’ve all parroted the trendy anti-Palin response: Quelle horreur! Palin est trés gauche!

The people paying the bills–rank and file Republicans–see these actions as more of the same problems that have plagued Congress and Washington DC in general. It is insulting enough to take cheap shots from the media and the left, but to take them from one’s own team on the eve of such a pivotal and important election, is, well, outrageous.

The election is by no means over. It isn’t helpful to have Moderates throw in the towel reminiscent of Congressional Democrats on the Iraq War. The Moderate Republicans seem a little too eager to have the Republican Party lose.

Restraint, Mr. Frum, show some. There will be plenty of time to figure out how to fix the party after this election is finished. And who knows? If McCain wins, he just may be inviting some of those loyal beer guzzlin’, gun-totin’, Bible-clingin’ Palin-lovers, to the White House. You might even have to sit next to one some time. Quel dommage!

Do All Politicians Lie To Get Elected?

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Watch the last five minutes, the last segment of this video. Do you agree with the suppositions? I’m just wondering a bit, here. Because I actually believe John McCain when he says that he will be working on passing comprehensive immigration reform first thing out of the gate (something I disagree with, by the way). I actually believe that Barack Obama wants to implement some version of Medicare/Medicaid for all.

I remember some people complaining about what George W. Bush put forth when he first got elected and Bill Clinton said something to the effect that Bush was doing exactly what he’d said he do. Actually, nothing, save the lack of the veto pen around spending, surprised me about President Bush’s administration.

And for that matter, I think the current candidates have stated, clearly, what they intend to do, if you have ears to hear. Maybe I’m naive, but I believe them.