March 04, 2008

It's Official - John McCain 2008

The AZ Senator is as officially the GOP nominee as you can get, having passed the delegate count needed to clinch. Huckabee has just conceded.

OK, my friends. The time has come. You're either in or you're out. You either have a seat at the table or you're going out to eat your dinner on the front porch. Stomp your feet, bang your fists and hold your breath 'til you're blue in the face.

Sit it out in November, if you feel you must.

But the time has come for the rest of us to close ranks. The prospect may be a little distasteful for some, but the alternative would serve to undo all the modest gains of the last twenty-eight years. You have almost eight months to think it over. To let it sink in.

In the meantime, let the Donks rip themselves to shreds.


Posted by Gary at March 4, 2008 09:18 PM | TrackBack

A Liberal Republican is far better than a Liberal Democrat.

Posted by: Marvin at March 4, 2008 09:23 PM

It ain't the label, it's the testicular fortitude. John McCain has two more than Obama and at least one more than SWMNBN.

Posted by: Gary at March 4, 2008 09:41 PM

I can live with McCain.

Posted by: The Abbot at March 4, 2008 10:06 PM

The prospect is way more than a little distasteful. There are two points of view on this.

One is the point you make -- the Rep. candidate is better than any Dem. this time around.

But consider this. The Republican machine counts on that point of view. They think they can ignore conservatives completely and that we will knuckle under and accept their candidate.

Blanket amnesty a la Ted Kennedy, for goodness sake! No way. Maybe four years of Obama is just what the Rep. party needs to bring them to their senses. Maybe we can just count on Congress to block too much liberalism until 2012.

Posted by: American Daughter at March 5, 2008 02:29 AM

National Security, the Supreme Court. For those reasons I will vote for McCain.

That, and the little apples like supporting the surge when no other candidate had the stones....

Is McCain my perfect candidate? No (that would have been Phil Gramm, but I digress). But he sure as hell beats Obama & SWMNBN.

Posted by: kmr at March 5, 2008 06:10 AM

I have a lot of problems with McCain (BCRA, e.g.) but I want a guy in the White House who recognizes that we are in a war against a global enemy, not in a police action* against a few nuts in Afghanistan

We need to send in the Marines, et al., not a SWAT team.

*with apologies to all police officers who have a difficult job.

Posted by: rbj at March 5, 2008 09:21 AM


I still have my bumper sticker from the Phil Gramm '96 campaign.

Posted by: The Abbot at March 5, 2008 10:19 AM

The Republican machine is right- of course we conservatives will rally to the polls for John McCain in November. What McCain has not realized is that it is the conservative base who does things like go door-to-door, man phone banks, and dispense campaign literature. People only volunteer to spend their time and energy on a campaign when they are passionate about a candidate. Bob Dole knows that anti-votes rarely inspire much passion and energy. John McCain needs to seriously develop conservative support or he will be in for a rude awakening in the general election.

Posted by: Adelaide Leitzel at March 5, 2008 01:11 PM

I love it when conservatives complain that the Republicans ignore them. Fine, you aren't the only group ignored by the Repubs, and you at least aren't vilified by them most of the time.

Those of us who want smaller government, who want the government to stop interfering in our lives, usually vote Republican, even though the party hates us.

Texas Republicans state - in their party platform - that the US is a Christian country. Should the rest of us vote Democratic then? (Hint without some non-Christian, non-conservative votes, GW Bush would never have been elected.)

So vote for some 3rd party candidate, and enjoy the next 4 years living under the nanny state. And if you think the Congress will stop gun control or higher taxes or more nanny state laws or anything else that the Dems dream up, you're crazy.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at March 6, 2008 08:47 AM