Republicans had better rush to come to grips with the reality that all of our smart options for the 2008 election cycle are already off the table. Unlike past elections, Republicans actually had two very strong conservatives to unite behind in the 2008 primaries, Thompson and Hunter, and they failed to unite behind either of them. The time to stand up for a true traditional conservative Republican has passed. The chance to do something smart no longer exists. Now we have one last shot and less than one week to do something that is at least half-smart.
...Like it or not, the worst possible Republican candidate has emerged from key conservative states the liberal victor of the early Republican primaries. In an instant, I went from being for a conservative or no one else, to being a reluctant Romney supporter as a result.
There is NO meaningful difference between a vote cast for Clinton, Obama or McCain. Ideologically, they are the same person and the same vote. All three are cut from the same cloth. It matter’s not a bit which of them wins the November election as all three believe in the same things.
Remember, all desirable smart options are already off the table. Only one half-smart option remains and the clock is ticking fast on this one.
No matter how I feel about Mitt Romney, or disagree with some of his past positions, some of which he now disagrees with as well, he is not Hillary Clinton, Barack Hussein Obama or John “amnesty - weak on terror” McCain.
I am a staunch conservative who supported Fred Thompson and Duncan Hunter until they were no longer in the race. Even then, I was quite temped to vote for them in the primaries just to make a statement against all others. In part, this is what happened in Florida, making it possible for the most liberal Republican to claim he now holds the conservative mantle. What a joke! Except not so funny…
The fact is, Republican ideologues like me, clinging to my principles and my principled but failing candidate, helped John McCain become the unlikely front-runner for the Republican nomination. Thompson, Hunter, Paul, Giuliani and Huck fans all put McCain in the lead. That means we have the power to take him out of the lead.
Standing firmly and unapologetically upon American values and principles is never wrong. It’s in fact the basis of conservatism and our founders called upon each of us to do exactly that.
But it is not always the best political strategy for doing all we can to protect and preserve those principles and values. The founders also warned us to be forever vigilant and somehow, we failed to head this mess off at the pass and avoid the need to make less than attractive choices.
Sometimes, when vigilance has been forgotten for too long and smart options are no longer available, a half-smart alternative is the best we can do. It seems to me that this is the crossroads we conservatives find ourselves at once again.
I think McCain might be a little better than Clinton or Obama, but before people dismiss the idea of John McCain being another form of Clinton or Obama as extreme, remember this: John Kerry: McCain Approached Me About Joining The Democratic Ticket In 2004
Jonathan Singer: There's a story in The Hill, I think on Tuesday, by Bob Cusack on the front page of the paper talking about how John McCain's people -- John Weaver -- had approached Tom Daschle and a New York Congressman, I don't remember his name, about switching parties. And I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about what your discussions were with him in 2004, how far it went, who approached whom... if there was any "there" there.
John Kerry: I don't know all the details of it. I know that Tom, from a conversation with him, was in conversation with a number of Republicans back then. It doesn't surprise me completely because his people similarly approached me to engage in a discussion about his potentially being on the ticket as Vice President. So his people were active -- let's put it that way.
Singer: Okay. And just to confirm, you said it, but this is something they approached you rather than...
Kerry: Absolutely correct. John Weaver of his shop... [JK aswers phone]
I have very little confidence in McCain as a candidate for Republicans. He's not conservative. His pro-life credentials are weak. He supports embryonic stem cell research (which is probably one of the reasons Nancy Reagan reportedly likes him).
There are significant problems with John McCain which seem to indicate that making him the Republican nominee would be disastrous for the Republican party and the pro-life movement.
Waiting For Straight Talk by George Will
Is McCain A Conservative? by Robert Novak
"Straight Talk" Express Takes Scenic Route To Truth by Ann Coulter
I am not a huge Mitt Romney fan, but I have become, of late, a Mitt Romney supporter, because I believe Mitt Romney is the most viable remaining candidate who claims to be pro-life and would do the least harm to the pro-life movement. I don't think Romney will reverse himself on his commitment to the pro-life movement. It would be political .
Given the videos above and other evidence I've provided, I also think pro-lifers will have a better chance at getting conservative Supreme Court appointments with Mitt Romney than with John McCain, who told people he would not have nominated someone like Samuel Alito, because Alito wears his conservatism on his sleeve.
I realize Ron Paul supporters are clinging to the hope that Ron Paul can be the nominee, but it's not going to happen, and their continued support for Ron Paul will only help John McCain.
The same holds for Mike Huckabee. Mike Huckabee is deliberately helping John McCain. Huckabee knows he can't win. He's only staying because the people who will vote for him would otherwise vote for Mitt Romney. Huckabee and McCain have said they respect one another and are cordial with one another, but Huckabee doesn't like Mitt Romney and has done everything from his press conference announcing a negative campaign ad he claimed he had decided not to show, which he immediately screened for the media at the press conference, to remarks about Romney's wealth and Romney reminding voters of the sort of guy who lays people off and who believes in a religion that claims Jesus and the devil are brothers.
At this point, a vote for Mike Huckabee or Ron Paul in the primaries is essentially a de facto vote for John McCain as the Republican nominee.
I'm not in love with Mitt Romney as a candidate, as anyone reading the blog for the last several months can attest, but he's the last hope for some sense of conservatism in the next presidential term.
Ann Coulter was right, yet again.