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Quotational Therapy: Part 38 -- John McCain On The War On Terror.
Arizona Senator John McCain, Speech To The 2004 Republican National Convention-
For all the criticism John McCain receives from Republicans for his misguided campaign finance reform crusade (and other things he does to irritate the GOP base), Senator McCain is one of the more effective and important members of "the team" when it comes to advocating the War On Terror. In that spirit, McCain talking about Iraq:
This week, millions of Americans, not all Republicans, weigh our claim on their support for the two men who have led our country in these challenging times with moral courage and firm resolve.
Read the entire speech here.
If John McCain wants to win the 2008 Republican nomination, he needs to focus on the two 'T's on which he is most strong, Terror and Taxes. But he also needs to work on another 'T'-- trust. Republican primary voters, today, wouldn't be able to trust John McCain to fight for their ideas, their values, and their policy preferences. But John McCain could certainly earn that trust over the next couple of years.
Earning the trust of Republican primary voters will not require a move to the right. Senator McCain is already far more conservative than many on both sides of the political spectrum give him credit for. McCain's problem with GOP voters is that the "mainstream" media adore him, that he tends to do bipartisan things (even just symbolic gestures, sometimes) for the sake of being bipartisan, and that he has taken positions on a few prominent issues of our time that are just plain annoying.
If he wants to win in 2008, he'll have to make a high-stakes gamble, potentially agitating, or losing entirely, his fawning establishment media. But Republican primary voters, as of right now, are not going to accept McCain "as is."
Incidentally, I guarantee that if John McCain were president today, the left would hate him with roughly the same intensity as they hate President Bush. And if he does become president, McCain will likely not be able to maintain his love affair with the media.
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Posted by Will Franklin · 22 August 2005 11:27 AM
You know, I trust his integrity but he plays the political game with too much nuiance. While I don't think that to need to iritate the left simply for the fun of it, his only media exposure comes when he works with the left. In that sense they have damaged him more than they could ever hurt Bush.
If they could fix some of that spin damage and get him the nomination, I'd be fine with voting for him.
Posted by: Rob B. at August 22, 2005 04:45 PM
I would vote for the man if he got the Republican nomination but I would do everything along the way to stop him. Unless, I thought he would stop the budget porkathon that Bush condones.
Posted by: laxpat at August 22, 2005 06:07 PM
... and McCain is solid, rhetorically at least, on spending.
Posted by: Will Franklin at August 22, 2005 06:10 PM
I think there is someone better out there!...
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 24, 2005 03:21 PM