Friday, February 01, 2008

My Doubts About John McCain ...

... have a LOT to do with this.

And this:

I didn't find a lot of photos of McCain chumming it up with conservatives.

In the end, for me, it's all about the judges. And I just don't see McCain risking a fight over judges - thereby alienating his liberal friends in the Senate - by nominating people like Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, or Samuel Alito to sit on the Supreme Court.

And therein, I believe, lies his antipathy towards nominating someone who might "wear his conservatism on his sleeve", as he has now so famously accused Justice Alito.

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At 2/01/2008 2:53 PM, Anonymous Stephen Braunlich said...

Good thing there's nothing like this, this, or this.

Oh... wait...

At 2/01/2008 3:10 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Your point being? I think Bush has been far too accomodating to those on the left who have not reciprocated. If your point is that having one's picture taken with one's political opponents is not a measure of how one will govern, let's just say I bet I could find many more photos of Bush pictured with, for example, social conservatives than I could locate of McCain. My Google photo search of "McCain and conservatives" turned up far more photos like the ones in this post.

But, regardless of your purpose, that doesn't change the fact that (1) McCain is reported to have approached the Dems about leaving the GOP in 2001, (2) McCain considered an offer from Kerry to be his running mate in 2004, (3) McCain seems much more at ease with liberal Democrats than he does with conservatives in his own party, and (4) McCain seems to go out of his way to avoid conflict with the Democrats, while relishing opportunities to poke conservatives in the eye.

So, I'm not sure how your comment - which amounts to little more than "Bush did it, too" - is supposed to help me get over my doubts about McCain when it comes to fighting for the sort of judges who would be willing to overturn Roe.

At 2/01/2008 3:24 PM, Anonymous paul zummo said...

Furthermore, the argument that "Bush did it, too" begs the reply, "Exactly." I would argue that we need a President that is to the right of the current administration, not even further left.

8 years ago I had deep reservations about George Bush. I felt that he was far too moderate, and would govern too moderately. Though I voted for him in both general elections - votes I would repeat - many of my fears have been confirmed. I have the same exact reservations about McCain. And again, I will vote for McCain in November if he is the GOP nominee. But I do so knowing that he will do much to disappoint me - just less so than Clinton or Obama.

At 2/01/2008 7:23 PM, Blogger Jeff Miller said...

“I have no doubt Senator Clinton would make a great president.” —John McCain

Sounds like the perfect ad for Hillary in the campaign if McCain gets the nod.

The thing about McCain is so often if you were doing a Democratic Turing test that you could not tell his statements from a liberal. Whether it is comparing Anwar to drilling in the grand canyon, global warming nonsense, or class warfare rhetoric and snubs against businesses it is so easy to believe stories that he really considered jumping to the Democrats in 2001. If he is making a angry comment at someone it is guaranteed the other person is a conservative.

It is so obvious that all of Pres Bush's efforts to reach across the isle in civil discourse were total failures that let people like Ted Kennedy get their way on bills. This defect that G.W. has is first instinct for McCain who has this in spades.

At 2/01/2008 10:37 PM, Anonymous Stephen Braunlich said...

My point is that pictures don't make an argument, and I've gotten sick of arguments based on appeal to emotion than to reason. In this case, it's a guilt by association argument. I don't like the guy, and I'm not going to vote for him, but this sort of stuff is the reason I got out of political activism.

At 2/02/2008 7:31 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...


Guilt by association? Did you read the story I linked? Isn't what's in that story rather the point of the photos?

The photos sorta go with the story. They weren't just appeals to emotionalism.

At 2/02/2008 8:01 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Unless you're saying it's inappropriate to include photos illustrating McCain chumming it up with Democrats in a post that links to a story about McCain chumming it up with Democrats.


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