The crazy years

Sunday, January 20, 2008
So, I'm out browsing the conservative blogs after yesterday's primaries, and the hostility towards McCain is astonishing. It's like the Harriet Miers/Dubai Ports World/Immigration fiascos all over again. Nothing has made me more pessimistic about Republican chances in 2008 than this intemperate response. They sound like the Daily Kos, except the posters there hate McCain because he's fiscally conservative. It is at times like this that I really wish that Bush could offer a bit of leadership to the party and sprinkle some oil on the troubled waters. And truly, I don't understand the sanctification of Reagan vis a vis McCain. Reagan had his accomplishments, but I remember the enormous debts he left us with because he wasn't willing to deal with entitlements while cutting taxes. I don't think he could be counted a fiscal conservative/small government man in the way that I understand the term.

So, let us hope that Hillary and Obama inflict fatal wounds on each other in the identity group catfight over on the Democratic side. Then, after the Republican commentariat goes home with their big conservative balls, we can call in Dr. Kevorkian and volunteer the bunch for a better life in the hereafter. A few years absent the continual squalling of these children would be a blessing.


loner said...


I thought the commentariat very entertaining yesterday and I'm enjoying not knowing what's going to happen in the campaigns from day to day and week to week, but then I'm far more comfortable with campaigns that resemble no-holds-barred brawls than I am with those that resemble coronations.

Survey USA entered the polling mix in South Carolina and did well. The results for those who've been in the mix since the start range from decidedly mixed to astoundingly bad and I'm enjoying that, too.


Barry Dauphin said...

Of course, if those conservatives had any real influence, Fred Dalton Thompson would be dancing into the White House instead of heading to Dancing with the Stars. Maybe they'll unite around Rudy when he does well in FLA or maybe they'll sit at home and "teach us all a lesson." That'll get everyone to turn out next time fa' shure.

qrstuv said...

"I remember the enormous debts [Reagan] left us with because he wasn't willing to deal with entitlements while cutting taxes. "

I would have preferred for him to attack entitlements but please... Reagan cut tax RATES. Tax REVENUES, on the other hand, went up.

Look it up.

chuck said...

Lessee, during the campaign, Reagan pounded Carter because the government ran a 30G$ deficit. In 1983 it was 208G$. Maybe revenues went up, but so did spending. Spending what you don't have is not fiscal conservatism. Then I recall George Will predicting that the budget would be balanced real soon now because the economy was going to grow 7% the next year. George has always had a problem with reality.

As I say, Reagan had his points. But he was more an old style Democrat than a fiscally conservative Republican.

Doug said...

"McCain Aide Touts 'Mexico first' Policy"

John McCain's Brain Trust On Immigration?

Michelle Malkin is all over the background of
senior McCain advisor Juan Hernandez in posts here
and here.

We must not only have a free flow of goods and services, but also start working for a free flow of people .”
Last month, I received an e-mail from a concerned reader.
She wrote:
“Hispanic Republicans here in Nevada had a chance to speak by conference to Sen. John McCain and many of us were appalled to learn that his National Director of Hispanic Outreach is none other that Dr. Juan Hernandez, notorious for his open borders stance. How can McCain reconcile the fact that he says he “learnt his lesson w/the American people” with choosing as his Hispanic Ntl. Dir. someone whose views and interests are so clearly anti-security and not in the interest of the American people or for that matter us legal Hispanic immigrants.

Doug said...

Then there's McCain-Feingold for those who care about the First Ammendment.

Doug said...

Via Discover the Networks, you’ll see that
Soros’s OSI is a key open borders funder–
providing support to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund;
the Immigrant Legal Resource Center;
the National Immigration Law Center;
the National Immigration Forum;
the National Council of La Raza; and t
he American Immigration Law Foundation.
Remind me again which party’s presidential nomination John McCain is running for?
Fellow shamnesty peddler Mel Martinez officially joins la familia McCain.

Doug said...

McCain Boiler Room