Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Hugh Hewitt on McCain

Crap! I hate it when Hugh Hewitt is right about voting for McCain if he gets the nomination.

There are seven reasons for anyone to support the eventual nominee no matter who it is: The war and six Supreme Court justices over the age of 68.

If Democrats control the White House and gain even one of the five seats held by the center-right majority of current justices, this and many other crucial issues are up for legal grabs. When activist judges are more than willing to rewrite rules of long-standing, periods of exile should never be self-imposed "for the good of the party." Exiles can go on a very long time indeed. Ask the Whigs.

They can go on indefinitely when enforced by courts.

The GOP as well is the party committed to victory in Iraq and the wider war. A four year time-out would be a disaster, a period of time in which al Qaeda and its jihadist off-shoots would regroup in some places and continue to spread in others. Iran, even if punished in the months before November, would certainly continue and accelerate its plans under the soft pleadings of a President Obama or Clinton 2.0.

These aren't the years to wish a pox on your primary opponents' heads beyond June.

I don't expect the principals to let up on each other in the two months ahead, and I am especially looking forward to the Ohio and Texas votes.

But it is very possible to play full contact politics without the threat of going home if your team loses. The stakes in the fall are far too high for that.

OK. OK. If the Republican voters in this country indeed do what it looks like they're going to do--nominate McCain--then I'm going to have to hold my nose and vote for him in November. And if he wins, I'll need a steady supply of anti-nausea medication every time he speaks to the American public.

But in the meantime, if you're a praying person, pray like crazy that McCain crashes and burns his campaign the way Howard Dean did. And that he does it soon.


Jacob said...

He won't win.

Anonymous said...

If everyone would have wised up and voted for Ron Paul the whole world would have benefited!

Marvin said...

Amen to what anonymous said!

I can't even hold my nose and vote for McCain, and he smells like roses when compared to the Dems.

I cannot connect the two John McCains. One an honorable Naval Officer and the political one that is an enemy of the Constitution.

Dave said...

Well, I will take a minority opinion here. I don't mind. Sorry, but I was never convinced that Gov. Romney was genuine. His actions over the last few years and months very strongly suggested that he was nothing other than a guy who changed his positions to suit what he was running for. John McCain, if elected, will be, I believe, a far better president than Mr. Bush. He will be strong against terror, great for the courts, lower taxes, reduce government spending, and he may just be able to do something about illegal immigration. I have stopped listening to Hugh Hewitt and other talk-radio hosts who have consistently painted a black picture of Sen. McCain. Their actions have been, in my view, reprehensible and have done much damage to our party and our country. Nearly all conservative talk-radio hosts have become what they justly hated in the liberal MSM: utterly biased and activistic at the expense of truth. Maybe the election in November can be salvaged in spite of them.
Dave Lauer
Diamond Bar, CA

SkyePuppy said...


You're probably right, but I have to give it a try.

Anonymous & Marvin,

Ron Paul is all wrong on the war, and right now that ranks at or near the top of my priority list for a President. About the only thing McCain is right on is the war. And hopefully judges & justices.


I can't believe you just said all that about McCain! He voted AGAINST the Bush tax cuts and has never said he was wrong on that. And he wants the equivalent of amnesty for illegals. The guy is a menace! But not as much of a menace as the Commies--I mean, Hillary & Obama.

As for Hugh and Laura, the difference between them and the MSM is that Hugh & Laura never claim to be objective. They tell you right up front what their bias is. Their complaints against the MSM is that the MSM claims to be (or actually believes they are) unbiased, when most of them are really lefties.

Good hearing from you again, even if we don't agree on this one. Say hi to people for me (you probably know who I mean...).

Malott said...


I don't know how I will feel in November, but right now I feel it is time for conservatives to punt.

SkyePuppy said...


I like that idea. Punting involves kicking something...

Dave said...

Hi, Skye.

I will be glad to pass along your greetings to the folks we both know. Once in a while I tell some of them a little bit about where you are and what you are up to.

Concerning John McCain, I have found Michael Medved's program extremely helpful. Michael is one of the few talk-show hosts (maybe even the only one I've heard) who is quite fair about the good and bad in each of the candidates and keeps it all in perspective. Actually, he convinced me that Senator McCain is the best choice for us this time around. But agreeing to disagree with me is okay.

As far as the bias and the one-sidedness of the talk-shows is concerned... Well, I guess I'd like some confidence that what I am listening to is as true, fair, and objective as possible. I have long since given up on such things when it comes to much of talk-radio. I am sad about that.


Marvin said...

"About the only thing McCain is right on is the war."

What good is being right on the war and being an enemy of the Constitution. That if far worse. I doubt that he ever read an un-Constitutional law that he did not love. McCain/Fiengold(sp?) ring any bells? What happened to his oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic?

Believing and supporting the Constitution is much higher on my priority list. It ain't Al Gore's living, breathing, changing document. And 51% vote in Congress can't change it. It requires a Constitutional amendment and ratification by the States.

Sorry for the rant, but I hate politicians that try to circumvent and/or ignore the Consitution.

Marvin said...

Sorry for the typo it should be:

That is far worse.

SkyePuppy said...


The issue with McCain at this point (considering that Republicans are now stuck with him) is federal judges and Supreme Court justices. It was a liberal Supreme Court that let McCain-Feingold stand. And if either Hillary or Obama is elected, then the two oldest, liberalest Justices will step down and be replaced by young, liberal Justices who will continue dismantling the Constitution. Not just for your lifetime, but for Brianna's lifetime as well.

McCain has pledged to appoint Scalia-like judges, and even if he appoints more moderate ones than Scalia, the Court will be more Constitutionally minded than if a Democrat is appointing them. Bottom line at this point is that a vote for Ron Paul is a vote for the Democrats. A Democrat in office would be shredding the tatters of our Constitution much worse than McCain would.

Sorry for the rant. See you guys tomorrow!

Marvin said...

I'm sick and tired of comments like a vote for someone is a wasted vote or a vote for Ron Paul is a vote for the democrats. I vote for the candidate that most closely represents my beliefs. If that candidate wins, great, if not then I DID NOT vote for the lesser of two evils. Which is what you endorse with McCain. A vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil. Many years ago I voted against candidates. No More! I vote for the candidates that I want in office.

I personally do not see that much difference between either party. They both stink. Both wish to sweep the Constitution under the rug. Both want to tax and spend. Both want to control my life from cradle to grave.

SkyePuppy said...


Sounds like you and I made opposite switches. I used to vote FOR a candidate (like John Anderson), but now I'm more pragmatic.

Marvin said...

You are more pragmatic and I move closer to being an anarchist each election, and I do not have much farther to go.

Most people read the Bill of Rights and see personal freedoms guaranteed by that document. I read the Bill of Rights and see limitations on the government. The government did not grant those rights through the Amendments, God granted those rights.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


Michael Medved also kept me "level-headed" in my criticism of McCain. In the end, I found myself defending McCain quite a bit, even as I didn't support him in the primaries. That's all due to Medved's influence, dammit!

Hugh is still a favorite of mine. My blogfather.