Sunday, February 24, 2008

Under the weight of Realism the Anti-McCainiac Wing of the Party Falters

Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 13:52:22 -0800 (PST)
From:"James Bretney" View Contact Details  View Contact Details Add Mobile Alert
Subject: Re: Will McCain return to the party?
So we should just roll over and let the Democrats win?

Second, lets be honest, our conservative leadership has let us down. Remember when immigration was the crown jewel of the 2006 election for Republicans? Not Social Security reform, tax cuts, SPENDING CUTS, or fighting the War on Terror with a winning strategy, kick the illegals out. Ask former Presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, former State Legislator Randy Graf and former Congressman JD Hayworth, how that is working out for them.

The moderates have taken over the party. Its ugly and its true and it could be bad for us. But instead of pillorying our ONLY candidate against the 2 socialists we need to get behind conservative legislators and elect a conservative governor.

I am convinced that if we can find a Conservative who is like-able, effective and charismatic to run for Governor and win against Janet or in an open seat, that man will go one to win the Presidency. This state has a long history of being a birthplace of strong national leaders.

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First a little background - - - -

Posted by Chuck Muth (GOPUSA Eagle)
February 17, 2008 at 12:24 pm
About the only consolation Republicans can take from the presidential race right about now is that the Democrats are even more screwed up than they are. Some consolation. But that might be the only glint of optimism for Republicans, as the mutiny by conservatives against the party’s all-but-crowned presidential nominee is far wider and far deeper than many would care to admit.
Let’s face it, John McCain has gone out of his way to poke conservatives in the eyes for years, and conservative leaders who are now in open revolt command an awful lot of influence over millions of grassroots conservatives on issues ranging from taxes to guns; from immigration to free speech. And I’m not just talking about conservative talk-radio hosts here. I’m talking about the heads of established, highly-respected, well-funded conservative organizations which have been around a lot longer than John McCain has been in Congress.
Continued in the Eagle

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By Don Feder (GrasstopsUSA)
I just got back from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., where conservatives began lining up behind a man who's been sticking it to us for years. By a process of self-hypnosis, many have managed to convince themselves that McCain is actually one of us.
Not for nothing did Benjamin Disraeli call conservatives the stupid party.
What part of John McCain do we not get? McCain-Kennedy, McCain-Feingold, McCain-Lieberman, McCain-Edwards -- among other socialist, anti-speech, open-borders, enviro-Marxist measures he's co-sponsored with the hardcore left of the Democratic Party over the years.
Continued in Grasstops

There is no need to repeat all the criticisms of John McCain that is found in the media and on the net, just wanted to set the tone. The thing going around just now is whether or not the conservatives will vote for him. Or, if enough conservative do not vote for him he will lose the election. The other thing going around in the party and with some of the party faithful is that, oh, if we don't vote for McCain the Democrats will win and all sorts of havoc will follow.
John McCain has been branded a maverick. By his actions he has shown that he has not always considered the party when he acts. Like the elder Bush who just endorsed McCain, you know, the "read my lips" Bush, McCain, too, has said that he will not allow taxes to be raised if he is elected president. However, so far he has refused to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR).
If you received the GOPUSA Eagle newsletter you will see that the contract with conservatives by GOPUSA is off to a great start. Thousands of grassroots conservatives have signed the petition stating that they will not vote for McCain unless he pledges to return to core, Republican principles.
Now, who reaches out to whom? Do the conservative need McCain so badly to defeat the Democrats that they will vote for him in spite of his sticking his finger in the party's eye for years, or does McCain need the party's vote badly enough to reach out to the conservatives? It would be easier for McCain to return to the party than to try and have conservatives buckle to him.
There are a number of things McCain must do to reach out to the conservatives. One is to sign the ATR. Words are cheap (so are lips.) Another is to sign the contract with conservatives. So, just who is going to get him to do that?
There are two possibilities. One is the National Republican party. It could be a , "come John, lets reason together. Don't continue to be a maverick." The other possibility is the Arizona state Republican Party. McCain being from Arizona could be most receptive from suggestions and support from his home state.
If the party fails to act and McCain doesn't work to correct the split in the party that he has caused, McCain will probably lose president election, leaving the party in shambles.
But, even though the party sees it differently, losing the election is not the end of the world. There are some who are 'conservatives' first and Republicans second. There are those who blindly follow the party line while at the same time talk about the 'big tent'. The party needs those who let the party think for them so the party hierarchy can remain in party power. There are those who, if McCain were to come up to them, addressed them by name and shook their hand, they would have some kind of mental organism and swoon, saying, "Oh, he touched me!" The point is, government of the people, for the people and by the people make the elected elite responsible to the voters, and not the other way around, And, if we can cause McCain to return to the party principles, he could be elected. But, if he remains the 'maverick', consider, which is better a liberal calling themselves a Democrat, or a liberal calling themselves a Republican. At least in the first case one know whether or not they have a snake in their pocket (remember that story?) If you do what you always done you gonna git what you always got.
To thine ownself be true.

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