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McCain Marginally Passes Early Primary Test.

Yesterday, WILLisms.com joined Americans For Prosperity in calling for Arizona Senator John McCain to give Rock the Vote a ride on the straight talk express when accepting his Rock the Nation award from the left-wing group.


While McCain missed an opportunity to deliver a decisive dagger to the heart of Rock the Vote's far left agenda, he did speak up on behalf of the need for Social Security reform:

A group of about 50 people in support of Social Security reforms marched outside the dinner to protest Rock the Vote's opposition to President Bush's proposed Social Security plan.

"Rock the Vote claims to speak for the youth. But a Zogby poll found that 66 percent of Americans under the age of 30 support Social Security reform. So [Rock the Vote] is not speaking for youth," said Mark Harris of rockthehypocrisy.com.

The group had called on McCain to confront Rock the Vote regarding the group's opposition to President Bush's Social Security reform, and McCain did note the importance of reforming the Social Security system while accepting his award.

Sean Higgins, in National Review, reports that McCain had "a bit more lead in his pencil" than Jack Kemp:

After warming up the crowd by saying he would become the fifth Black Eyed Pea, “McFunk,” he briefly challenged RTV.

“We’ve got to do something about Social Security,” he told the audience during his award acceptance speech. “You’re not going to get the benefits your parents and grandparents got because the money isn’t going to be there.” But McCain's lone discordant note passed quickly.

A marginally passing grade for McCain (who is truly more conservative than many give him credit for) on this one, but a passing grade nonetheless. If McCain wants to win the GOP nomination, he'll need to toss the party faithful some more rhetorical red meat.

The aging Republican Senator, if nominated, would roll in 2008, but GOP primary voters still need McCain to give them a reason to trust that he'll fight hard for their values rather than making choices based on what pleases the establishment media.

Posted by Will Franklin · 9 June 2005 02:05 PM


I am one of those who he needs to throw a little "red meat" my way! I wish he had said more! our children and grandchildren deserve alot better! I must say I am disappointed McCain didn't say more on behalf of the Presidents plan! ... WOOF woof!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 9, 2005 02:30 PM

I'd give him a D minus. Is that a passing grade?

Posted by: Mick Wright at June 9, 2005 03:09 PM

Mick Wright,...I agree! He barely passes with no honors! Funny thing is that I once had high regard for him! I consider him a cave man, " neanderthal" so to speak!...He would definately have detention if he were my student! Maybe even have to go to the office! Another idea is give him some swats!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 9, 2005 06:43 PM

Perhaps if John Mccain and all the other politicians didn't have such a sweet retirement of their own, thy may be a bit more eager to push Reform?...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 9, 2005 07:50 PM