He’s A Stinker

McCain and the Gang of 14. Listening recently to Michael Medved, who has endorsed McCain, I was appalled by an apologist he had on as a guests’ argument that the Gang of 14 was a farsighted and wise investment by McCain in the continuing success of the Republican party.

We had a majority and were not defending anything. We weren’t trying to kill all filibusters, only judicial filibusters which are not strictly constitutional.

Hugh Hewitt has this to say:

The damage to the GOP was instant and immense.  Not only were fine judges sacrificed to John McCain’s ego, many in the base simply tuned out the GOP from that moment forward.  Why work that hard and invest that much in a party that cannot deliver on its pledges even when gifted with 55 seats?   Why fight for a majority that would not fight?  Ohio’s Mike DeWine, an otherwise reliable conservative, never recovered with the Buckeye State’s GOP base and lost his seat in 2006.  Rhode Island’s Lincoln Chafee was also turned out, though the party’s bill of grievances against Chafee was much longer than just the Gang of 14.

There were other stumbles along the way to the loss of six seats in the fall of 2006, but the McCain Gang’s coup in the Spring of 2005 started the slide.  And for what?  White and White argue that we should be grateful for the successful confirmations of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito and Judges Brown, Pryor and Owens.

Read it and turn McCain out on his ear. I have no patience for that man.

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  1. This is what your linked Townhall article states later:

    “It is simply silly to argue that the McCain deal got the GOP anything it wouldn’t have gotten anyway. … The Gang of 14 is short hand for why John McCain should not be the nominee of the GOP.”

    Listen, you and the Townhall folks are missing the big picture–the one without Republicans in control. McCain is brilliant in his strategy for actually preserving the right to filibuster in the Senate for federal judicial nominees. Without the brokered deal Republicans would be absolutely screwed when they find themselves in the minority b/c Republicans could never be able to challenge Dem federal judicial nominees if the Senate rules had changed. McCain preserved that important option. And the Supreme Court has Roberts and Alito to boot. So wake up.

    McCain is the kind of guy I want on my team.

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