March 19, 2007

If I wasn't already "Anybody But McCain" for '08....

....this 1-2-3 punch would do it:

McCain says he's got nothing in common with the Club for Growth

He slams them for running conservatives against liberal Republicans in primaries. I am ok with socially liberal Republicans. I think they are the only sort of Republican that can win in places like my home of New York. But. But. The Club for Growth does not target Republicans for being pro-choice or for gay marriage. They don't care about the candidate's position on gun control. Their purpose is to support candidates that live up to the Reagan ideal of pro-growth, low tax policies. McCain knows this, and his "I support a big tent" argument against them is just plain silly.

*** McCain has introduced "a series of measures to roll back Bush policies and counter the "ugly American" image."

This is an excellent example of why I just can't stomach John McCain (please, oh lord, do not make him the Republican candidate because I will be forced to vote for him against Hillary or Obama and it will make me very, very sad). He'll sell out anyone to make news and benefit himself. Of all the things I care about with regards to the Iraq war, the opinion of Americans abroad is right near the bottom.

*** Finally there's McCain's National Journal Scorecard (via Hot Air):

He started with annual conservative scores consistently in the 80s when he first went to the Senate in 1987, dipped to the 70s during the mid-1990s, into the 60s in the late 1990s and into the 50s starting in 2004.

Fred Thompson, we need you.

Posted by Karol at March 19, 2007 07:19 PM | TrackBack
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Why Fred Thompson? I still haven't seen any reasons.

Posted by: Michael at March 19, 2007 08:40 PM

He's conservative enough to win the primary, whip-smart, well-spoken, has a good record and star power.

Posted by: Karol at March 19, 2007 08:42 PM

So, Club for Growth can undercut other Republicans when it fits in with their agenda, but then it's not OK for John McCain to do that?

Posted by: Joe Grossberg at March 19, 2007 08:51 PM

Joe Grossberg,

Nobody said John McCain is disallowed from slamming Club for Growth.
He can do it---it's just not a wise move.

The point is that slamming CFG is no way to win over conservative support for the GOP nomination.

If you're trying to elicit a girl to go out with you, you don't walk up to her and tell her that you think her friends are losers.

Fortunately, McCain is not raising any money, so he has no chance of being the GOP nominee.

Posted by: BadBoyInASuit at March 19, 2007 09:07 PM

The '50s?

That is verging on Arlen Specter territory.

Posted by: Gerard at March 19, 2007 10:44 PM

Mickey Kaus brings up a good point (lack of actual accomplishment) and a not-so-good point (lack of acting chops) re: your latest infatuation.

Rudy '08.

Posted by: Mark Poling at March 20, 2007 10:04 AM

Am with you on wanting Fred.

Posted by: Consigliere at March 20, 2007 01:42 PM


Is that the right usage of "elicit"? Doesn't sound right.

Posted by: Eric at March 20, 2007 02:38 PM
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