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.
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