Friday, January 25, 2008

Primary Choices: John McCain

Editorial - January 25th, 2008 - The New York Times

We have strong disagreements with all the Republicans running for president. The leading candidates have no plan for getting American troops out of Iraq. They are too wedded to discredited economic theories and unwilling even now to break with the legacy of President Bush. We disagree with them strongly on what makes a good Supreme Court justice.

Still, there is a choice to be made, and it is an easy one. Senator John McCain of Arizona is the only Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing from and on behalf of a small, angry fringe. With a record of working across the aisle to develop sound bipartisan legislation, he would offer a choice to a broader range of Americans than the rest of the Republican field.

We have shuddered at Mr. McCain’s occasional, tactical pander to the right because he has demonstrated that he has the character to stand on principle. He was an early advocate for battling global warming and risked his presidential bid to uphold fundamental American values in the immigration debate.

This is The New York Times and they are trying to speak to the Republican Party, a party they revile and denounce with every other breath? Let's take a quick look at some of their views in the article, just in these few short paragraphs and the rational response to them.

no plan for getting American troops out of Iraq
Response - Winning is a strategy

wedded to discredited economic theories
Response - Socialism is the discedited economic theory. Free enterprise is the proven winner, to everyone but The New York Times.

working across the aisle
Response - Sabotaging the Republican goal of removing politics from court decisions with McCain's Gang of 14 is typical of his "working across the aisle". McCain has always been a "maverick", meaning he has contempt for conservatives and works across the aisle to get the praise of The New York Times.

advocate for battling global warming
Response - I think this explains why McCain finished at the bottom of the class at Annapolis. He is unable to explain how man is causing "global warming" on Mars. That doesn't dissuade him from leaping to the conclusion "man is causing global warming" is true despite major disagreements among scientists. Would his friends on the left lie?

uphold fundamental American values in the immigration debate
Response - AMNESTY is not a fundamental American value.

A great comment on this article was posted by blogger Photoonist on the blog site.

If you have been waiting for the endorsement of the NYT to decide which Republican presidential candidate to back then I know your mind won't truly be made up until you hear whom the triumvirate of Chavez, Castro and Ahmadinejad is backing, with perhaps a commentary by Lil Kim of N Korea. [end sarcasm]

I agree!


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