(Thanks for joining the conversation Linda. While I certainly don’t agree with your assessment of John McCain, I’m glad you are joining our conversation. – promoted by EaBo Clipper)
It’s a done deal. John McCain is our presidential nominee. Sadly, I believe we’ve missed a tremendous opportunity. While this election process has been nauseatingly long and tedious, I believe we didn’t “see” Mitt as the stellar candidate he would have become. Presidential, attractive, brilliant, and articulate, I have no doubt Mitt Romney would’ve made a phenominal president. His speech on Thursday was the best speech I’ve ever heard. It was Reaganess. I must say when you put Romney beside McCain, Romney appears far superior in all catagories. But McCain says he’s a Republican and a foot-soldier of the Reagan revolution. He’s claimed to be “the best qualified to reach out to Democrats”. Is that what conservatives want in their leader?
As a spectator of Republican politics for more years than I’d like to admit, I remember Ronald Reagan as a “reacher-outer” to Democrats. He reached out to them by convincing them that conservatism made more sense than liberalism. He actually co-opted the Democrats’ agenda by maintaining his steadfast conservative principles. Many now say it is our job to unite the party and get in line behind McCain. I disagree. It’s HIS job to unite the Party. It’s McCain’s job to convince conservatives that he’s one of them. I did my duty. I voted for Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and the two Bushes. You must remember that it was conservatives who brought the Republican Party out of the desert after 40 years in the minority by voting them into the majority. And what did they do with it? They squandered it! Why? Because there weren’t enough conservatives in Congress to govern conservatively. You’ll excuse us if we feel like we’re being skunked again. Though I’m not prepared to burn down my own house to make a statement, I must say I wonder if McCain understands what’s really at stake here. As co-author of McCain-Feingold which took a swipe at our first amendment rights, does he get it now? As co-author of McCain-Kennedy, does he realize how close he came to surrendering this country’s soverignty? There’s still no fence, and now innocent Americans are being kidnapped in alarming numbers at the border. As a co-author of McCain-Leiberman, does he understand the left’s role in this scam of astronomical proportions? Does he realize how quickly we could be relegated to third-world status through whacky environmentalist “solutions” to something yet to be proven? McCain’s like a blind date. He can either show up at our door with a bouquet of dead flowers and poke us in the eye again, or he can invest himself in a big box of quality chocolates. It’s up to him.