McCain Gets Help from Brownback to Lure Catholics
From The Lawrence Journal-World:
Just days before the first major tests of the presidential race, Republican contender John McCain has enlisted U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback to try to win Catholic voters.My Comments:
Brownback, a Republican from Kansas, along with former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, are serving as co-chairmen of Catholics for McCain.
“As Catholics, we are proud to announce our support for John McCain, a genuine American hero with a conservative record who has what it takes to lead this country,” Brownback said in a statement.
The move is seen as an attempt by McCain to lure Christian conservatives, who are expected to make up a sizable chunk of Republican caucusgoers on Thursday in Iowa.
It says something about the lack of quality in the GOP field when I find myself leaning toward someone I thought I could never support - John McCain.
That two Catholic men for whom I have a lot of respect - Sen. Brownback and Gov. Keating - are leading the effort to get Catholics on board the McCain candidacy certainly has me paying attention.
But don't get me wrong. I'm definitely not on anyone's bandwagon at this point. And I still don't trust McCain. He hasn't done anything to earn my trust yet after all the stunts he's pulled over the last 8 years.
The Catholics for McCain press release can be read here.
Victor Davis Hanson writes at National Review regarding McCain's comeback:
... I don’t know whether plain-speaking John McCain will win the presidency. But so far he’s proved the most experienced of the candidates, and he’s run the most principled and honest of the campaigns. Other candidates may be younger, better financed, and more charismatic; none has more earned America’s trust.(Hat tip: Gerald at The Cafeteria is Closed)
Davis says McCain has "earned America's trust". But, again, this is one American whose trust McCain has yet to earn. Just because he looks better than the other underqualified neophytes jockeying for the GOP nomination, that does not translate into "trust".
UPDATE #3 (9 January)
Let me make clear that McCain will have to change his position regarding federally funding of embryonic stem-cell research before I could ever consider supporting him.