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Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, May 03, 2006

David Ignatius has a piece on John McCain entitled "A Man Who Won't Sell His Soul". In it he says:
[McCain] says liberals need to understand that he's not a man of the left, or even the center. "I haven't changed. My record is the same on all issues, which is that of a conservative Republican. Not a liberal Republican, not a moderate Republican." But in the next breath, he lists all the positions he has taken that have made him the darling of centrist Republicans and Democrats, from torture to ethics reform to climate change.
Unless "conservative Republican" has been redefined, McCain's assertion is nonsense. We noted this the other day, but since when would a conservative say this?
"He [Michael Graham] also mentioned my abridgement of First Amendment rights, i.e. talking about campaign finance reform... I know that money corrupts... I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected, that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I'd rather have the clean government."
Throw Constitutional rights over for "clean government", whatever that means. And in McCain's world it means such things as the abomination known as McCain Feingold.

McCain has always cultivated the "maverick" image when it suited him. But when it finally becomes inconvenient, such as when he's pursuing the '08 presidential nomination, he's quick to claim he's the ultimate company man.

And this, speaking of the presidency:
"I don't want it that badly," McCain says. "I will continue to do what is right. I will continue to pursue torture, climate change. If that means I can't get the Republican nomination, fine. I've had a happy life. The worst thing I can do is sell my soul to the devil." He explains: "Every time I did something because I thought it would be politically helpful, it turned out badly." As an example, he cites his waffle during the 2000 South Carolina primary, when he said flying the Confederate flag at the state capitol was a state issue.
McCain, who'll be 72 in '08, has been pursing the presidency since the '90s and he wants us to believe he doesn't want it that badly?" Who in the world does he think he's fooling?

He states that he will 'continue to do what is right' yet in the very next sentence he questions his own decision to do exactly that in South Carolina. John McCain believes what is "right" should come out of Wahington DC and not the states. He was right in SC, but politically it hurt him. And that makes his statement about not doing "politically helpful" things because they turn out badly a crock of you know what.

McCain is one of most calculating of all politicians and right now he has calculated that being a 'conservative' is politically useful. He will continue to claim that until the time he determines such a description is no longer politically useful. Don't let his claim fool you: he wants the presidency and he wants it badly. And people who badly want that job scare the stuffing out of me.

If for no other reason, I don't want a man who's willing to toss constitutional rights out of the window for "clean government" anywhere near the White House. Should he become the Republican nominee for '08 I'll happily do all I'm able to do to frustrate his effort. And should the final choice be Clinton or McCain, I'll be actively campaigning for "None of the Above".
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Jonah Goldberg once offered the useful distinction between conservatives who are anti-state and those who are anti-left. McCain’s conservativism, such as it is, is largely of the anti-left variety. That makes him no better and possibly worse (assuming that is a possibility) than the current Republican leadership.
Written By: D.A. Ridgely
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Don’t let his claim fool you: he wants the presidency and he wants it badly. And people who badly want that job scare the stuffing out of me.
Yep. McCain seems to have a "great man" complex, and such people are capable of doing just about anything. I don’t really worry that Hillary will put single payer health care in place, with her history and facing an indifferent-to-hostile Congress. But I do worry about McCain doing it, if he thought that would cement his "legacy". A GOP-lead Congress would be much more amenable to him doing it, just as a GOP-lead Congress was just fine with Bush’s idiotic Medicare Rx plan.

Since he has those tendencies, and given some of his preposterous assertions about being a conservative, I don’t trust a thing he says. Stay the course in the Middle East? He talks a good game now, but if the New York Times convinced him that he would be seen as a respected "world leader" by throwing away our efforts there, he would do it (a replay, perhaps, of the way Bush, Sr. got snookered into going back on his "read my lips" pledge).
Should he become the Republican nominee for ’08 I’ll happily do all I’m able to do to frustrate his effort. And should the final choice be Clinton or McCain, I’ll be actively campaigning for "None of the Above".
I’m there. There are no conceivable circumstances under which I would vote for McCain. Since there are also no conceivable cirsumstances under which I would vote for Hillary, that would leave me desperately looking for an alternative.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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The MSM/DNC and GW Bush have been jointly working very hard to redefine "Conservative Republican" for 6 years. I do not think they have had a lot of success but they have convinced some that being antagonistic towards Ronnie’s policies is in fact "conservative".
Written By: Rodney A Stanton
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David Ignatius has a piece on John McCain entitled "A Man Who Won’t Sell His Soul
Upon just seeing that, I have no need to read the actual article since the premise is sheer idiocy.

McCain would sell his soul for glowing coverage from the NYT or other big newspaper, which he seems to regard as his main constituency
Written By: shark
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Mark me down for "None of the Above" if it’s Hillary vs McCain.

McCain versus.... anyone remotely sane, I’ll be debating between "Vote for a Democrat for President for the first time in my life" vs "None of the above".

McCain rents his soul to anyone and anything with a cause that gets him in the papers in a positive way. Or maybe he sells ’soul futures’, having sold his actual soul long ago and far away.
Written By: Dave
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I had my family voting McCain in the primaries back in 2000. I was 14 or 15 then.

And I still think he can be quite a pleasant and funny guy. I don’t think the constant insinuations about him being "insane" back in 2000 from his Vietnam experience were anything even worth a reply. And I think Bush’s tactics against him in those primaries, the whisper campaigns and such, were abominable.

But... given the disaster that was McCain-Feingold, and now his casual dismissal of the First Amendment for some nebulous idea of "clean government"... he’s lost my support if he wants to be PotUS.

Although I’d be fine with John Shadegg having his Senate seat...
Written By: OrneryWP
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At the end of the day, for most voters, McCain-Feingold will not be a major point of resistance to John McCain. Rather, I see his positions on gun control, the same issue that lost Tennessee and ultimately the Presidency for Al Gore, as the issue that will undermine support for McCain, most especially in the primaries.
Written By: Neo
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The only thing I find admirable in Senator McCain is that he would be a man of leadership in a tight situation. Other than that I think McCain is a huge RINO. He simply supports to many things that smack as suspicious for a conservative.
Written By: Theway2k
ORNERY I wouldnt be so quick to discount the sanity thing.
Written By: kyle N
I will be voting for Hillary in 2008.


I want to be able to pull an Andrew Sullivan in 2012.
Written By: Harun
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"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniencies attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." Thomas Jefferson.

He actually wrote it.
Written By: Neo
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