Thursday, April 13, 2006

Straight Talk on McCain

Jacob Weisberg at Slate has a brilliant column on John McCain's recent overtures to the right-wing of the Republican party. 

"Brilliant", that is, if only because it presents coherently some thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head for a while.

Most liberal commentators take McCain's love fest with the neo-Calvinists at face value, arguing that he's finally revealing his true colors. A few months ago, The Nation ran a cover story titled "The Real McCain," which contended that the Arizona senator is a dyed-in-the-wool conservative. To the American Prospect, McCain is Barry Goldwater's true heir. A couple of weeks ago in the New York Times, Paul Krugman wrote, "The bottom line is that Mr. McCain isn't a moderate; he's a man of the hard right."

But the literal-minded left has McCain all wrong. He's trying to win over enough of his party's conservative base to win, for sure. But this is a stratagem—the only one, in fact, that gives him a shot at surviving a Republican presidential primary. Discount his repositioning a bit, and McCain looks like the same unconventional character who emerged during the Clinton years: a social progressive, a fiscal conservative, and a military hawk. Should he triumph in the primaries, we can expect this more appealing John McCain to come roaring back.

Read it all.

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Anonymous Cardinal Martini said...

Stupid liberals. This is one of those Duh! moments. But we can't expect much from them... these are the same people who think Hillary Clinton is actually becoming more conservative.

1:28 PM  
Blogger His Honor the Mayor said...

I concur.

The other day Jon Stewart had this to say in a promo spot for that night's "Daily Show"

(I'm paraphrasing) "Tonight, we examine why Senator McCain has decided to embrace the fundamentalist Christian wing of the Republican Party. The answer might surprise you......that is, it would surprise you if you have absolutely no idea how modern politics works"

Some on the left are shocked...shocked! to find McCain courting the right but they are feigning, when everybody outside that small swing voter community knows that candidates traditionally play to the far wings to get the party's nomination and then playing to the middle. I laugh when some people call him an opportunitst. Imagine that! An opportunist running for President of the United States!

1:32 PM  
Blogger His Honor the Mayor said...

I was concurring w/ B.E., not CardMart, who apparently posted while I was typing my response. The liberals aren't being stupid, just disingenuous.

1:34 PM  
Blogger His Honor the Mayor said...

Please forgive the typos. My pharmacist apparently was referring to my keyboard when he discouraged using heavy machinery on my allergy meds.

1:36 PM  

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