The lesser of two evils…
I don’t like the idea of voting for John McCain. I’ve said it many times before, but I’m afraid we’re going to lose the Republican party to liberals if we keep voting for the lesser of two evils rather than insisting on quality conservative candidates.
On the other hand, Daniel Oliver made a great point on National Review: John McCain would indeed make a much better president than either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.
…Senator Barack Obama has been named the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate by National Journal. Senator Clinton can’t be far behind. Against them, Senator McCain would seem the obvious choice for conservatives. But some of them think a term or two in the political wilderness would be beneficial.
Conservatives have been here before. As National Review said in 1972, “There are those, including some of our colleagues, who believe that four years of McGovern would catalyze a recrudescent conservatism. We disagree that the chance is worth taking. McGovern is the erector set of big-think intellectuals, otherworldly dreamers, and children. Belloc warned that dangerous toys should not be given to little boys.”
Senator McCain might help his cause with conservatives if he stopped calling himself a conservative. He is damaging their brand name. And conservatives should stop, now, demanding that he be a conservative: that is not a condition precedent for being the better choice for president. Conservatives should remember that the fault McCain is not a conservative is partly their own: They have not succeeded in making conservatism the iPod in the marketplace of political philosophies.
To conservatives, John McCain sounds like the Devil. That is his fault, not theirs. He has dissed them and enjoyed it. That is not presidential, and if he does not stop he will not be president. He should make—and is making—amends, and not for his own sake, or for the conservatives’, but for the country’s.
It is time for conservatives to accept reality (accepting reality is another conservative trait); and the reality is (1) John McCain will be the Republican nominee for president and (2) he will make a far better president than the Democratic alternative.
Dangerous toys should not be given to little boys.
Or to little girls.
Considering that McCain has promised to appoint constructionist judges while the Democratic nominee will undoubtedly appoint liberal ones, I think it’s probably best to vote for McCain this time. As a one issue voter, I think I’m going to have to vote for McCain for fears of what a Democrat would do to the Supreme Court. I am torn between principle and pragmatism.
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