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.