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Is a John McCain a Conservative?

Posted by Joshua Price on February 12, 2008

“Absolutely,” according to George W. Bush in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace. Bush went on to say:

“I know him well. I know his convictions. I know the principles that drive him. No doubt in my mind he’s a true conservative.”

Keep in mind that this is the same man, Bush, who looked into the eyes or soul, or whatever, of Russian President Vladimir Putin and saw a good man. If I’m McCain I wouldn’t be counting on this to help gather conservatives’ votes.

Further, Bush is not a conservative himself, but I digress. Bush continues:

“If John is the nominee, he’s got some convincing to do–to convince people that he’s a solid conservative, and I’ll be glad to help him if he’s the nominee, but he is a conservative.

Look, he’s very strong on national defense; he’s tough fiscally; he believes tax cuts ought to be made permanent; he’s pro-life. His principles are sound and solid as far as I’m concerned.”

Well first of all, he doesn’t need to convince people he’s a conservative, he needs to actually be a conservative, which he isn’t.

Let’s take Bush’s points one by one:

He’s strong on national defense

OK, maybe, except his opposition to some things going on at GITMO, and what about his amnesty bill? That would have been disastrous for national defense.

He’s tough fiscally

I don’t have an issue with this one.

He believes tax cuts ought to be made permanent

Then why did he vote against them the first time?

He’s pro-life

I can’t really argue with this one.

So he’s pro-life and is pretty good on spending. That doesn’t make him a conservative, but again, it’s not like Bush would know a conservative if he saw one.

Moving on…Wallace asks why is there such animosity towards McCain?

“I don’t know. There’s probably some personal animosity towards me. You can’t please all the the people all the time, but part of a campaign is for the nominee of the party to rally the party, and to rally the folks that end up being the base from which he operates.”

Here we go with the “party” again. It’s all about being a good Republican at the end of the day. It’s not about principles or being a conservative, it’s about doing whatever it takes to get a Republican elected, and if that means running a liberal candidate, so be it.

And you wonder why the Republicans lost in 2006? That’s the reason, and it’s why they’ll lose again this year.

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