Republican Politics

In the race for the Republican nomination, there’s something for everyone.

There’s a liberal who’s principled and experienced but still liberal.

There’s a populist who tickles ears and yet is Christian, courageous, and popular.

There’s a fiscal conservative with serious experience and a very public track-record who wore a dress (once, on camera), supports homosexual marriage, and is not in favor of criminalizing mothers who have abortions (a slight but significant difference from actually being pro-choice).

There’s some dude with two first names and some good ideas, but with serious inconsistency, and serious stupidity concerning international affairs and national security harking back to pre-WWII Republican isolationism.

There’s a conservative business leader and governor with a funny first name and movie-star looks who’s been consistent, if not amazing.

And there’s a movie star without the looks who’s been amazing, if not consistent. If only he acted like he wanted to win.

There are others, but they are also-ran’s or sometimer’s and not worth consideration at this stage in the game.

I don’t much care for the liberal, the populist, the fiscal, or Mr. Two Names. Though I could stomach the fiscal, were he to, by some stretch of imagination, win the nomination. The others I abhor for various reasons.

The liberal is neither a man of honor nor a man of principle. He has convenient and far-sighted-sounding reasons for his liberal attachments and accomplishments, but his willingness to sell the farm, ideologically speaking, is not the measure of a man. Personally, I admire and honor his courage in his past. But I fear to many years within the beltway, and those who have spent those years with him not recommending him in the droves we’d expect, are very indicative of a lack of character and ability.

The populist is just that. He uses his sincere (and I do not doubt, genuine) Christianity to excuse and/or support and champion decidedly non-Christian policies. God did not institute a welfare state (for individuals or corporations) in Theocratic Israel. Instead He instituted laws and policies which protected individuals from each other’s harm and sin. Claiming that “green” science is correct in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary does not lead me to believe he is either “wise as a serpent” or “harmless as a dove”. In fact, I would submit the populist is the inverse: He is wise as a dove and harmless as a serpent (taken ironically, of course).

Mr. Two Name needs no rebuttal as he is his own best revealing mirror. Dismissed out of hand is the best response to the majority of his supporters.

I’d like the movie star to catch a fire, but his lack of consistency heretofore is troubling, and I believe, more accurately indicative of who he’d be in office that what he’d be if he did catch a fire.

The man I voted for in my last election (for some time at least) in California is the leader. A realization I came to after considering what he does when there’s not supposed to be a camera around.

Here are a few articles from across the web which seem to me to be particularly salient and and appropriate to the candidates in this race.

  •  The Trouble With McCain
    Jay Cost, Wall Street Journal

    Thirty-four Republicans have endorsed Mr. Romney, while just 24 have endorsed Mr. McCain. Furthermore, Mr. Romney’s supporters are more in line with conservative opinion. Their average 2006 ACU rating was 84.1, and 26 of them come from states Bush won in 2004. Meanwhile, the average 2006 ACU rating for Mr. McCain’s supporters is 70.7, and just 12 of them come from Bush states. In light of Mr. McCain’s résumé, this is consequential. He should have locked up most members of the Republican caucus, but he has not.

  • Hillary And MLK
    John McWhorter, Wall Street Journal

    …[T]here she was on “Meet the Press” Sunday, having to defend herself for simply saying that while King laid the groundwork (which she acknowledged), another part of the civil rights revolution was Lyndon B. Johnson’s masterful stewardship of the relevant legislation through Congress. She was arguing that she is more experienced in getting laws passed in Washington than is Barack Obama — which is true.

  • Barak Obama And Israel
    Ed Lasky, American Thinker

    One seemingly consistent them running throughout Barack Obama’s career is his comfort with aligning himself with people who are anti-Israel advocates. This ease around Israel animus has taken various forms. As Obama has continued his political ascent, he has moved up the prestige scale in terms of his associates. Early on in his career he chose a church headed by a former Black Muslim who is a harsh anti-Israel advocate and who may be seen as tinged with anti-Semitism.

  • Where They Stand
    Pete Du Pont, Wall Street Journal

    …[T]he political ups and downs of the candidates and the electricity of the campaign–“I am promising change!”–matter much less than the substantive policies the next president would implement regarding the five most important challenges facing our country.

2 thoughts on “Republican Politics”

  1. “But I fear too many years within the beltway, and those who have spent those years with him not recommending him in the droves we’d expect, are very indicative of a lack of character and ability.”

    Or quite possibly the in-step GOP establishment or Bush loyalists do not own McCain and cannot control him thereby re-emphasizing his amazing character, political ability, and independence.

    You might refresh your recollection of all the conservatives who do back McCain and others who have seen the light:

    Sam Brownback, Kansas
    Conrad Burns, Montana
    Richard Burr, North Carolina
    Tom Coburn, Oklahoma
    Susan Collins, Maine
    Pete Domenici, New Mexico
    Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
    Jon Kyl, Arizona
    Joe Lieberman, Connecticut
    Trent Lott, Mississippi
    Mel Martinez, Florida
    Gordon Smith, Oregon
    Olympia Snowe, Maine
    John Thune, South Dakota
    John Warner, Virginia
    Dan Evans, Washington

    Dan Coats, Indiana
    Alfonse D’Amato, New York
    Peter Fitzgerald, Illinois
    Slade Gorton, Washington
    Phil Gramm, Texas
    Warren Rudman, New Hampshire
    Mike DeWine, Ohio
    Howard Baker, Tennessee
    Conrad Burns, Montana
    Alphonse D’Amato, New York

    Spencer Bachus, Alabama
    Mike Castle, Delaware
    Tom Davis, Virginia
    Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Florida
    Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida
    Jeff Flake, Arizona
    Ric Keller, Florida
    Mark Kirk, Illinois
    Ray LaHood, Illinois
    Steven LaTourette, Ohio
    Dan Lungren, California
    Todd Platts, Pennsylvania
    Chip Pickering, Mississippi
    Peter Roskam, Illinois
    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida
    John Shadegg, Arizona
    Chris Shays, Connecticut
    John Shimkus, Illinois
    Fred Upton, Michigan
    Joe Wilson, South Carolina
    Jeff Miller, Florida
    Joe Wilson, South Carolina

    Steve Bartlett, Texas
    Jim Courter, New Jersey
    Joseph J. DioGuardi, New York
    Chuck Douglas, New Hampshire
    Ambassador Fred J. Eckert, New York
    Greg Ganske, Iowa
    Tom Loeffler, Texas
    Joe Schwartz, Michigan
    Dick Zimmer, New Jersey

    Charlie Crist, Florida
    Mitch Daniels, Indiana
    Jim Douglas, Vermont
    Jon Huntsman, Utah
    Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota

    William Clements, Texas
    Tom Kean, New Jersey
    Frank Keating, Oklahoma
    Jim Martin, North Carolina
    John McKernan, Maine
    William Milliken, Michigan
    Walter Peterson, New Hampshire
    Tom Ridge, Pennsylvania
    Buddy Roemer, Louisiana
    Jane Swift, Massachusetts


    Of course, Fred Thompson and Rudy Giuliani will be next…

  2. I’m sorry Jay. I listen to Medved and so I’ve heard these names before. Republican Senators are not ones to inspire me generally, they had leadership and couldn’t keep out pork barrel spending or advance the conservative cause or agenda.

    Further, I cannot get past the Gang of 14. McCain/Feingold, McCain Kennedy. Yes, he is skilled at working across the lines, but he does not champion conservative issues at all. His political history is one of following expediency, not moral courage or principled stands.

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