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Hill Conservatives (Slowly) Moving to McCain

Stepping up his outreach to the party establishment, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will address the House Republican Conference Wednesday morning at the group's regular meeting at the Capitol Hill Club. But the more interesting gathering will take place a few hours later in the nearby Rayburn Building, at the weekly lunch of the Republican Study Committee.

The RSC represents House conservatives, exactly the constituency -- as we've been told repeatedly in recent days -- that McCain needs to court in order to solidify support behind him. McCain won't be at the RSC's lunch, as the group generally doesn't invite candidates to speak. But you can bet that the seeming inevitability of the Arizonan's nomination will be a hot topic of discussion among the assembled members.

Notably, RSC Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) gave McCain his personal endorsement this morning, saying in a press release: "I feel now, and sincerely hope that my fellow conservatives will agree, that the primary is all but over whether we like it or not -- no disrespect to Governor [Mike] Huckabee. I can and will enthusiastically support Senator McCain as our Republican nominee for President. I call upon my fellow conservatives to do the same. I believe that he has earned our party's nomination, fair and square."

Hensarling, speaking only for himself and not the group as a whole, went on to praise McCain for his positions on national security, abortion and fiscal discipline.

"I do not wish to gloss over our differences, as they are very real," Hensarling continued. "But the truth is that tepid support or indifference for Senator McCain is support for Senator Clinton or Senator Obama. ... I ask all conservatives to take stock of where we are and embrace Senator McCain, and in turn I ask Senator McCain to take stock of where he is and embrace conservatives."

Hensarling's endorsement of McCain follows one made Friday by Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.), an RSC member and rising star in leadership who current serves as Chief Deputy Minority Whip. In an interview Friday, Cantor told Capitol Briefing that McCain was appealing because of his longtime focus on "cleaning up Washington."

"Mix that with impeccable credentials on national security, and he can be the one to unite out party," Cantor said.

Though Cantor and Hensarling are now on board, quite a few RSC members are not. Looking at the group's most outspoken members, only a few -- including two Arizonans, Reps. Jeff Flake and John Shadegg -- have endorsed McCain. Many of the RSC's best-known members were backers of Mitt Romney, with several -- including Reps. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), John Campbell (Calif.), Tom Feeney (Fla.) and Tom Price (Ga.) -- serving on Romney's Congressional Whip Team.

Since very few lawmakers have endorsed Huckabee, it seems likely that many of those names will eventually migrate over to the McCain camp, if only for lack of a better option. Or some conservatives may choose to take the tack of Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), who preceeded Hensarling as RSC chairman.

Speaking to the CPAC conference last week, Pence praised McCain on some issues but stopped short of endorsing him. Instead, Pence offered "this challenge: If you will continue to run on conservative issues and continue to build a solid conservative team and ticket, we can and will support you and work our hearts out to elect you as the 44th President of the United States. ... Senator McCain, if you continue to embrace the right, the right will embrace you."

On a practical level, it's becoming increasingly less important for McCain to win formal endorsements from anyone, much less House conservatives. But symbolically, he'd still like to get as many RSC members as he can, if only to demonstrate his ability to attract conservatives. We should have a better idea of how well McCain is succeeding in that goal by Wednesday afternoon.

By Ben Pershing  |  February 11, 2008; 2:43 PM ET
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They won't be enthused about him. McCain will get some grudging support from some but it will never translate to carpooling voters or camping out in front of the voting booth waiting for it to open.

Nor does McCain inspire those who actually do support him .. he's the lesser-of candidate. And a nasty-tempered septuagenarian with so many unpopular positions is not going to win a landslide.

Posted by: Chris Fox | February 11, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

No ill respect to Sen Mc'Cain but he will be like the sacrificial Lamb to be slaughterd as an offering to Obama. The Conservatives of the main party may unite but many voters will not. I for one as a voting Republican since President Reagen will be forced to vote for Hillary to stop Obama. Your best choice to win in Nov. you have chosen to ignore. However, this was your choice not mine.

Posted by: Ricky Smith | February 11, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

If the Republicans were smart, they would stay clear of John McCain. He seems nice enough, but has neo-con friends. Obama has it, versus him, in the bag.

Obama vs. McCain- The Internet Indicators:

http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=48

Plus, the only *true* conservative is Ron Paul. That is a man that could lead this country.

Posted by: davidmwe | February 11, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on, in the matter of economics a true conservative would prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. True conservatives are always pessimistic about the economy. It's called saving for a rainy day.

The President says that his administration is maintaining a watchful ear. That modality requires a functional ear system. That modality requires the acceptance of advice and consent by experts in economics and not political economists advocating for Voodoo Economics among other things.

In addition, at a point beyond the point of no return, a fifty percent chance of a reccessionary trend is nearly 100% for those already out of cash and credit. Let me see here, $300.00 is about what, 90 gallons of gasolene at retail price during summer demand increases ? I guess we will have to wait-n-see.

In former and current dictatorship and communist extremist governments, dissenters are harrassed, their families are threatened and sometimes these dissenters are imprisoned. Ignoring the "Rule of Law" dissenters are falsely imprisoned, ignoring rights such as Writ of Habeous, probable cause. In the United States an illegal posse could and I say could exact political objectives such as swiftboating. Turning dissenters into pawns, the dissenters maybe become tools for the Gods. In this scenerio, parties could act like psyc ops damaging credibility, charactor (including patriotism) and aquiring damages and liabilities to be assumed by current and future generations of taxpayers.

If in fact behavior below the rule of law are not the terrorists winning making inroads at the destruction of democracy itself ? Actionable intelligence is not the same as counter-intelligence planted by extremists. Those Congressional committees assigned to oversight of certain agencies are about two to five years behind the Anti-Koolaid league.

On subject, are those in D.C. trying to change economic reality here or is the moon really made of Blue cheese ?

Posted by: Mark W. | February 11, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

If the majority of voterer in the Republican party want it to change, then the conservatives should get over it, and accept McCain as a Moderate. In my opinion the only way McCain has a chance to win the election is if he runs as a moderate.

Posted by: badger3 | February 11, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

WOO WOO WOO WOo Hoo Hoo?

Posted by: ISSA | February 11, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Magoo is awful. Obama will roll over him however he does have a chance against Hillary.

Posted by: Bohdan Balzic | February 11, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

McPain hasn't a chance against Obama. Nevertheless, if Hillary steals the nomination from Obama, he might be able to squeak by.

Posted by: Roosevelt P. Sturdley | February 11, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

McCain? Lotsa luck! None of the States he's won vote Republican.

Posted by: Reginald Q. Stuckey | February 11, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Rudy? Wasn't he the front-runner?

Posted by: Solly Schweitzer | February 11, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

It's not just Evangelicals who support Huckabee over McCain. Most God-fearing Christians do.

Posted by: Rev. Roderick Longstaffe | February 11, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse


McNut,s reasons for Amnesty
McCain's God,s Children Argument!
Then there is they are all God,s children argument(Another McCain favor) well isn't everyone God,s children? If so then guess McCain is saying everyone and anyone has the right to Invade this Nation, waving their flags, demand their rights, while feasting at the trough of public welfare and Kill, Rape and Rob thousands of American citizens each year!

McCain's Lettuce Argument!
There's the "lettuce" argument -- we'll be paying $50/head (or starving)( McCain really likes this argument) if we don't have illegal aliens working in the fields. As Phil Martin, ag economist at UC Davis shows, the field labor cost in a $1 head of lettuce is about 6 cents. Triple those wages and Americans will do the jobs. (They're not career positions. They're seasonal jobs for young people, starting in the world of work. I have did similarly menial jobs.) And you'll be paying 10% more for lettuce and other produce. Do you spend $1,000/year on produce? OK, you'll pay $100 more.

The lettuce argument also parallels that for the retention of slavery.

Immigrant Argument!
There's the "everyone's an immigrant except for the 'Native Americans'" argument. Well, the American Indians didn't sprout from the land, they came across the Bering land bridge from Asia. So if the criterion is "You're an immigrant if you had an ancestor who immigrated here," then American Indians are immigrants, too.

In that case, "immigrant" is no longer a useful word, since Everyone's an immigrant.

Stole Southwest Argument!
There's the "the U.S. stole the southwest" argument. Well, the land in dispute was "owned" by Spain for a couple of centuries. Then by Mexico for about 25 years. During these periods, there weren't more than a few thousand Spaniards or Mexicans in the entire territory. It's been owned by the U.S. for about 160 years now, much longer than Mexico's reign. And the U.S. has actually done something with the land, made it habitable for tens of millions. As Robert Kaplan has described, the difference between American and Mexican "twin cities" straddling the border is like night and day, yet the land is obviously the same. It's not the dirt that's important, it's the people. Put another way, if culture didn't matter, Mexico and Central America would be paradise.

Illegal pay taxes Argument!

There's the "illegal aliens pay tons of taxes" argument. Sure, they all pay real estate taxes (in rent) and sales taxes (most states). Those working on the books (typically using stolen Social Security numbers) pay FICA and, perhaps, income taxes. But they're mostly ill-educated and low-skilled and pay very low taxes connected to their working -- in fact, most claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, i.e. negative income tax! If a family with both parents working has two kids in school, that's at least $15k/year just for schooling, way more than the taxes on, say, $35k/year aggregate income.

Robert Rector at the Heritage Foundation has done the systematic accounting on all this. A typical household headed by a low-skilled illegal alien is a net drain of about $20k/year for the rest of us, year after year. (Low-skilled Americans are a similar burden, but they're part of the national family, not gate crashers from other societies.)

Illegal Bad..Amnesty good Argument!

There's the "illegal immigration is bad, but make them citizens and problem solved" argument. Nope. If that were the case, legalizing (i.e. amnestying) the illegal aliens would solve the problem. But they'd still be (on average) low-skilled workers whose burden on the rest of us would continue. In fact, once legal they'd be able to access more public benefits programs, so their cost to the rest of us would actually rise substantially. In short, most of the problems of mass illegal immigration are shared by mass amnestying them.

The flood of immigrants drives wages and living conditions in our central cities toward those of the Third World.

- The influx imposes both sprawl and gridlock on our metropolitan areas.

- Immigrant families needing services overwhelm our schools, taxpayer-funded health care facilities, and other public agencies.

- Those requiring services don't assimilate and, instead, expect to be served in their native languages.

- American civic culture frays as each ethnic group establishes its own grievance lobby and pushes for preferences.

- Communicable diseases such as tuberculosis (new, drug-resistant strains) return.

- Shortages of water and other resources loom, especially in immigration-blitzed Southwest.

Most that come across our open borders come from countries where, Crime, Corruption, Poverty, Misery, Anti-education, and hate for Americans has existed for centuries and is normal. Should anyone be surprised they bring those same family values across the border with them?

Posted by: bl | February 11, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama's reaching out to Republicans and Independents. Hillary continues partisan attacks against Republicans. McCain represents, well, himself. Huckabee's more like Obama.

Posted by: DeWayne Cooke | February 11, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

A "conservative" endorsement from Bush? How "conservative" is Bush and won't his OK hurt McCain?

Posted by: Roddy Hardwicke, Jr. | February 11, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

No further word on what happened to Rudy?

Posted by: Solly Schweitzer | February 11, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I am sick and tired of the xenophobic racists who spam every Washington Post article with the same falsehoods about undocumented immigrants.

Posted by: Andrew | February 11, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey bl, you racist swine, give it a rest.

Anti-immigration sentiment is all smoke and no fire. Hint: Tancredo was the first to drop out.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | February 11, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

what happens if huck keeps mccain from getting enough delegates?

Posted by: gary | February 11, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Bush -- WORST PRESIDENT EVER -- can suck each other off all day long. the war in Iraq is a fiasco, misplanned, mismanaged, and now being paid for with funny money that is further destroying our economy. These two old white men are not only not conservative, they are not human. They are warmongering scumbags, and when they die, they go directly to hell, do not pass go, do no collect $200.

Posted by: Jeff | February 11, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

A Republican is a Republican. No two persons can agree on everything. No politicans can agree on everthing. The lack of support for McCain by over zealous conservatives is by proxy support for the Democratic candidate be it Clinton or Obama. How can Republicans hope to win The White House when there is lack of support for their own candidate. Perhaps some of the so called conservaties are closet democrats.

Posted by: ziggy1 | February 11, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm a middle of the road moderate. I'm tempted to vote for McCain but if he's going to suck up to the conservatives or take Huckabee as his running mate, then forget it. I've had enough of their nonsense to last me the rest of my life.

Posted by: Bern | February 11, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

bl -
You're exactly the reason why we want McCain. Hopefully then, loonies like you will no longer be tolerated.

Posted by: Mike | February 11, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Go right ahead and vote for this North American Unionist, because everyone in the Republican party is going to back him? Oh just to mention Ron Paul is still in the Race, I am a Washington State Delegate, and at the Convention next month I will and the other Ron Paul Delegates will do our part to show the people what John McShame is about, and if that does not work, we will write Dr. Paul in for the election.

Posted by: RaferJanders | February 11, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain is unelectable. How can anyone vote for this! seriously!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y395Tftgz0E

Posted by: Trans-Mutant | February 11, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain- he was against Christian conservatives before he was for them.
Flip flop, flip flop.

Posted by: elmerg | February 11, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

If Republicans cannot unite behind McCain, than this country really needs Obama. Constitution is better than anarchy, legal immigrants are better than illegal ones etc. Forget Rudi etc, this nightmare is over!

Posted by: Fisch | February 11, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

The Constitution article 2 section 1 paragraph 5 states and I Quote, "No Persons except natural born Citizen,or a Citizen of the United States at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution shall be eligible to that Office of the President. with that said, John McShame was born in Panama, this does not say it's ok to be born in a U.S. base. So he was not even born here.

Posted by: RaferJanders | February 11, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Why did you pull my post about John McCain?

Posted by: RaferJanders | February 11, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain is sort of a "Manchurian Candidate".
I bet he was implanted during captivity and sent by the NVA to get on power and destroy this country.

This clown is obsessed with WAR!

Posted by: Trans-Mutant | February 11, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Reach this ! Woo Woo !

Posted by: nat turner | February 11, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Just a thought:

If you are a bit dubious about a NcCain presidency, go listen to some original music about the alternative!

www.conservativemusiconline.com

Posted by: Truscott | February 11, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Uniting Republicans is easy. Three little words: "Democrats Nominate Hillary." That will take care of Hillary.

Four little words: "Aging Supreme Court Justices." That will take care of Obama (Hillary too).

The next person who questions John McCain's patriotism gets my "Scum-sucking Pig" award. However much you disagree with his positions, give honor to his service to his country. When he refused early release, insisting on following the "first in, first out" principle for POW releases, and spent two of the next five years of captivity in solitary, and endured unspeakable torture - water boarding doesn't break teeth and bones - he earned the respect and gratitude of all of us who have a sense of honor and fairness.

The rest of you can continue sucking scum.

Posted by: Major Mike | February 11, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Small tell tale. Assuming the general election breaks proportionately to the primaries, the Democrats currently have 254 electoral votes (assuming Michigan goes Republican, which is doubtful) If the rest of the states that voted for Kerry go Democratic the Dems get 316 electoral votes, and if OHIO and Michigan go blue the Dems get 343 electoral votes.

The Ron Paul peanut gallery touts a candidate who regularly gets high single digit percentages in his own party. He probably has between 5 and 10 % of the actual voting populace. Should the Republicans figure out some way to nominate him the Democratic landslide might be 100%.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | February 11, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

RaferJanders

I'm retired Air Force. My oldest son is about to retire from the Army. His daughter was born in a US Army hospital in Germany, where he served a total of over ten years. Many Americans are born overseas while one parent (or both) were in military service. They are all eligible to be President of the United States, just as eligible as any child of an illegal immigrant born in the United States.

Can't you understand how stupid it would be to favor the child of an illegal immigrant over one born to a military service person?

From your comments, you probably can't understand much of anything.

Posted by: Major Mike | February 11, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone endorse the failed policies of the past? My friends, that would be the kool-aid drinking Republicans.

Posted by: thebob.bob | February 11, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain may get your respect for allegedly staying in confinement, but that should in no way translate to wanting him as president.

The man has some seriously rotten positions, and his stint as a POW may very well have left him as damaged goods.

The McCain of 2008 makes political mistakes like bomb bomb iran that the McCain of 2000 would not. He's deteriorating, because he's old.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | February 11, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

MajorMike wrote:
Can't you understand how stupid it would be to favor the child of an illegal immigrant over one born to a military service person?
==

No, I can't understand that.

If the military servicechild was a snot-gurgling retard who liked to set cats on fire and the illegal-immigrant child was an achiever with a Ph.D. there might be a case to make ...

... Oh hell, just go away, you egg-sucking bigot.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | February 11, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

It's sad to see Hensarling sell out and endorse McCain. Hensarling's voting record is really good, unlike the guy he says we should support.

Maybe McCain only built up his big lead because the conservative candidates were splitting the conservative vote. It sure looks that way, after three fourths of voters in Washington and Kansas said "no thanks" to a McCain coronation.

Posted by: Craig | February 11, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

The reason you want McShame, the guy is a sell out, He gave information to Viets, He divorced his crippled wife, McCain/Fiengold,First he against tax cuts then he is for them, What visison of the future does he have, More War, North American Union, and so on, So you better learn to speak Spanish, All of you with draft age children go head and vote for him, You will see

Posted by: RaferJanders | February 11, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Ok, Go and insult me all you want it does not change what McCain is, You remind me of the two McCain supporters at my Caucus, They started to insult anyone with a diffrent opinion, So I just let go a salvo of facts, and they got up and left to the smiles and winks from the other Delagates,ask yourself this, McCain/Fiengold would you vote for that ticket? And still look yourself in the mirror and call yourself a Republican

Posted by: RaferJanders | February 11, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

As a conservative I could never vote for anyone who makes a deal with Kennedy. That's like dealing with the devil. I agree with Rush. I don't want McCain in the White House. I will probably write in Ron Paul's name in the general election.

Posted by: Bernie | February 11, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain needs to do two things-Fast!

Announce an intention to ENFORCE Federal Laws in regards to Employment elegibility, as well as all the other related Laws ignored that have caused the Un-Documented Labor Nightmare that has drawn MILLIONS of Illegal Invaders into this Country,

And,

Recruit Mitt Romney as his VP!

Those two things would help his chances at sealing the deal immensely! :-)

Posted by: rat-the | February 11, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is the sacrificial lamb for the Republican party. They realize they can't win in November, so what better thing to do but put a 71 yr-old guy up who has alienated 40% of the party. If he wins, the economy sours and Republicans can holler "We told you so!" If he loses, the economy sours and Republicans can holler "We told you so!"

But even if McCain survives all that, no one is going for a 75 yr-old in 2012. For the Republicans, this is just a time out.

Posted by: Steve B | February 11, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

If McCain gets anywhere NEAR an Evangelical nut case who wants to change the US Constitution then I'm outta here.... The GOP would be much better served to jettison the Religious Right so that it could be philisophically pure - the Party of SMALL Govt... As it stands now every time you pull the voting lever for a Republican you have to bite your lip and squirm knowing that you're also voting for a group of zealots who like the Government to interfere with peoples' personal lives - to me that's a good definition of big government well meaning or not. These religious whack jobs belong with the Dems - enough already.

Posted by: Egrib | February 11, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Juan McCain is part of the problem in Washington - Not the solution!

Posted by: Kay | February 11, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

mccain may well be the party's sacrificial lamb. he might actually do better to denounce the hypocrisy, fraud, and illegal aggression of the right and run as an independent.

Posted by: e9999999 | February 11, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

The Republican nomination is McCain's and Huckabee is ONLY fighting for Veep -- which he won't get -- so the SOONER the other Republicans join ranks with McCain, the BETTER they have of keeping the White House in Republican hands!

http://osi-speaks.blogspot.com/2008/02/former-florida-governor-jeb-bush.html#links

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | February 11, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Stop the no-win wars and restore our Constitution.

Write in Ron Paul for president!

Posted by: Don | February 11, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

barack obama mike huckabee vs machine

huckabee obama:
we understand your disgust.
subversion of democracy.

know this:
gravel kucinich paul nader
will fight any ticket
with clinton or mccain on it.

your eyes & ears are open...

Mike Gravel Dennis Kucinich Dr Ron Paul Ralph Nader
united by truth elicit fear smear blacklist.

Too many lies,
democracy rising democracy now.
Rage against the machine.

Honesty compassion intelligence guts.

No more extortion blackmail bribery division.
Divided we fall.

Posted by: gravel kucinich paul nader | February 11, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

I really can't understand how it is flip-flopping Mr.McGoo has made it this far. Vote between him, Billary and Obama? I wanted to vote for a PRESIDENT, NOT for a lesser of evils.

Posted by: Joe in CA | February 12, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

What makes you think John McCain is Conservative...and a loyal Republican? Since they espouse capitalism, why are the Repulicans afraid of Huckabee?

Republicans should be waking up to the fact that they dissappointed their constituants! We have not forgotten that they blew it! This is called payback! They have taken us for granted one too many times!

If McCain runs for the Republican Party I cannot vote for him!

Posted by: Jim Smythe | February 12, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Could everyone please stop thinking it's clever to twist McCain's name around? Because it is teh lame.

Posted by: Derannimer | February 12, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Anyone but Obama, even McCain. Why he wanted Bush's endorsement is a big mystery though. The ultra-right wing of the Republican party has been dead for years thanks to Georgi-Boi, McCain should ignore them & the born-again Christian neo-Nazis, they lost all their political power 4 years ago. Obama is the enemy, why the Press supports him like they do is an other mystery. Everyone vote for McCain, the country needs his stability. No one wants the Rose Garden turned into the watermelon patch.

Posted by: gatorsn09 | February 12, 2008 2:53 AM | Report abuse

Well, it is good to know that a reactionary, flaming rascist like Jeb Hensarling is endorsing McCain. Maybe McCain can come up with something that will dumb him down to the scum that make up the "values voters" (aka neandertals) of the Republican party. It sickens me that change-phobic morons like these actually have a voice in a major party in our country.

Posted by: Bill in Dallas | February 12, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

It is too bad that the conservatives cannot see that John McCain is their hope for the future - he can bring them back from the brink of insanity.....
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/01/31/the-john-mccain-shelter-for-abused-conservatives/

Posted by: Anonymous | February 12, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

This Republican household will NOT VOTE FOR MCCAIN! After graduating 5th FROM THE BOTTOM at Annapolis where he spent more time drinking than becoming a mediocre pilot, being shot down because of his stubborn poor judgment, then being given special treatment as a P.O.W. because his daddy was a military big wig he proclaimed himself a hero, but actually did nothing heroic. McCain is an ego-driven, ill-tempered, hard-drinking, dishonest old man. McCain's aggressive ego-driven personality is a ticket for more war!

Posted by: ALMANOJODO | February 12, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Conservatives shot themselves in the foot by splitting between Huckabee and Romney. McCain wouldn't have won a majority of Republicans or conservatives against Romney one-on-one. Now it is too late. I hope conservatives will remember to throw darts at Huck every time they see him over the next four years. He had no chance of winning the nomination and Romney could have won it. Now we are stuck with McCain, Clinton or Obama. It might as well be the three stooges. I suggest a Bloomberg candidacy -- at least he is a smart, pragmatic, proven leader. I know he is for illegal immigration, but so are the three stooges. Each of them will keep exporting jobs, importing illegal immigrants and selling out the constitution. McCain might give us conservative judges and Clinton might give us some grown up thought patterns in the White House. Otherwise, they're pretty much the same.

Romney in 2012. We'll need him to clean up the stooges' mess.

Posted by: TC | February 12, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I agree with ALMANOJODO. McCain is an overhyped egomaniac and my Republican household is not voting for him either.

We have no good choices left. Write in Romney if you can or vote a protest vote of libertarian or some other third party if write-ins aren't permitted where you vote in November.

Posted by: BrooklynGurl | February 12, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

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