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John McCain 2010 … For Private Citizen

In The Wrong Right Turn on 16/03/2010 at 07:46

John McCain doesn’t think of himself as a progressive. He has always framed himself as a Reagan Republican. Which shows just how far the party mainstream has drifted from its message since those halcyon days of the 1980s.

McCain has honed his political career on compromise and compromise that is often not good for conservatism. He is, however, right when he says he is a maverick. He has been consistently on the wrong side of immigration and campaign reform, and even on health care, one cannot help but hear compromise in his rhetoric. As much as I want to believe that he is for insurance reform, I keep getting a gnawing feeling that his idea of meaningful change includes some big government program like Mitch Daniels’ Healthy Indiana.

The problem is American’s don’t want compromise; they want the bill killed, not substituted for a ‘better’ program. Everyone wants lower health insurance rates but that is a far cry from wanting their tax dollars going toward and even bigger form of Medicare.

The public has been screaming for meaningful immigration legislation since Bush’s first term, and McCain wants to keep up the status quo in the middle of a huge recession.

Campaign finance reform (McCain-Feingold) was just plain stupid for the GOP. Newt Gingrich couldn’t run in 2008 because of it. Regardless of one’s opinion is of Gingrich, the GOP needs strong candidates. McCain-Feingold is one of the purest examples of class envy in history. It puts in place what Republicans have traditionally always been against. Regulation and more regulation. It’s beneficial to unions and restrictive for business. Which is why the Supreme Court gutted it.

We all know that Senator McCain was an exemplary sailor. The trouble is he still spends like one on leave.

John McCain is a Teddy Roosevelt, big government Republican. He see a government solution for virtually everything, and he voted against the Bush tax cuts.

Sarah Palin may just see her first defeat since McCain dragged the ticket down in the 2008 contest, when she goes out for the Senator against former congressman J.D. Hayworth. It must have been a monster dilemma for the Governor. On one hand she owes her political popularity to McCain, and on the other she preaches virtually verse for verse from the same political bible as Hayworth.

The sad part is that you can almost bet the ranch that McCain will not support Palin should she decide to make a run in 2012.

No question, John McCain is a great American. He has given much for his country, more than most. But it is time for him to serve in the private sector.

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  1. True, he gave a lot for this country but he is still a Progressive. His daughter, Megan, was a total embarrassment to him and her family….she behaved like a Valley girl twit on Larry King…makes one wondeer what she was taught at home….not conservatism, I bet. I would hope AZ gets smart and votes him out…

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