Friday, February 01, 2008

Perspectives about McCain versus Romney

Right now, the Republican nominating contest for president is considered a two-man race between Senator John McCain and former Governor Mitt Romney, with McCain apparently the inevitable winner. Unfortunately, Conservatives are having a hard time reconciling themselves to the prospect of McCain winning the nomination. There are several different ways that conservatives can rationalize the situtation to determine how they should think about the general election:

  • Vote for the lesser of two evils: Rachel Lucas makes the case when she writes (author's italics, overcapitalization, and embedded hyperlinks):
    Just what in the hell kind of crack are Ann Coulter and lots of other conservatives (even the normally brilliant Michelle Malkin) smoking when they say they won’t vote for him if he’s the Republican nominee? Coulter actually said last night on Hannity and Colmes that she would campaign for Hillary instead. Granted, she probably didn’t mean that, but good god damn!

    I’ve read several dozen blogs yesterday and this morning, and there are even comments on my own blog, saying that if McCain is the candidate, they won’t vote at all. ARE YOU PEOPLE SERIOUS?

    Let me get this straight: you’d rather have Hillary Clinton, a bona fide socialist, liar, all-around bad person, as president. You’d rather have Obama, the senator with the most liberal voting record, as president.

    Really? I throw up my hands in disgust. I truly do.

  • Every dark cloud has a silver lining: If McCain does win the Republican nomination, he'll have to resign his Senate seat sooner of later. Leveraging McCain out of his Senate seat has been a conservative dream for years! The day McCain leaves the Senate will be a day for conservatives to celebrate.

  • The historical perspective: Think of John McCain and Ronald Reagan as a modern day Henry Clay and Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan were men who found themselves and their true greatness by identifying with the great cause of human freedom against the forces of tyranny. John McCain is and Henry Clay was an arrogant jerk, ideologicaly promiscuous, fond of compromising with the opposition, loyal to his party, and esteemed as a statesman.

  • Revenge: McCain running against Hillary Clinton for the presidency is going to be a lot like Elmer Fudd running against Bugs Bunny for the presidency. No matter what McCain has done to piss off conservatives, spending the next nine months getting kicked in the groin by the Clintons will more than make up for it.


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