Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cranky Conservative: "No, YOU Chill Out"

The Cranky Conservative writes:
... So, obviously in voting for McCain in the primary I will not be one of those Republicans sitting out the coming election. That said, here’s a message for those that I’d like to call the “chill out” section of the Republican party - those that have not so nicely informed all conservatives that they need to “chill out” and “suck it up” and vote for McCain this Fall - No, you need to chill out. It is your sanctimony and is your obnoxiousness that is grating on a lot of nerves.

Mark Halperin, Bill Kristol, Deal Hudson, Bill Bennett, Richard Land, and many others have spent a lot of energy deriding conservatives for their lack of willingness to hop aboard the Straight Talk Express. They act as though conservatives who refuse to vote for McCain are engaging in the greatest betrayal in American political history. They have told conservatives in so many words that they just need to suck it up.

Well excuuuuuuse conservatives for having cause for concern about John McCain. After all, it’s not like the anti-McCain sentiment is without reason. Though I believe that conservatives have exaggerated McCain’s lack of conservative bona fides, he has been wrong on some of the most important issues of our day. Moreover, he has almost taken delightful glee in poking his finger in the eyes of conservatives.

Moreover, conservatives have had to put up with a massively disappointing election cycle. Our options have been a pro-choice New Yorker who was essentially a one-issue candidate, a social conservative who is not remotely conservative on any other issue, a guy with a good resume and decent conservative credentials but whose convictions we have reason to doubt, a cranky libertarian with solid theory but pyschotic foreign policy views and a gaggle of obnoxious supporters, and John McCain. And as for the one true conservative candidate in the race, he was shunted aside because of some idiotic meme about not having enough energy, as though the lack of an all-consuming drive to be President of the United States is somehow a bad thing. So, perhaps you can appreciate that conservatives have reason to be unhappy right now...

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At 2/12/2008 11:15 AM, Anonymous paul zummo said...

Thanks, Jay.

I still can't believe that my primary vote was for John McCain. What a strange elections this has been.

At 2/12/2008 12:15 PM, Blogger Rich Leonardi said...

Brilliant piece, Paul. You've captured my sentiments almost exactly. It's that sanctimonious moral superiority that turns off people from McCain, especially conservatives (though I've got to think it bothers others elsewhere on the spectrum too.)

Thanks for linking to Paul's post, Jay.


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