Consistent with points he made in an interview published in the Nov./Dec. 2002 American Spectator, Moore sent out a fundraising letter saying he could raise a million dollars for a run against McCain. The Wall Street Journal recently repeated that Moore may be recruiting Rep. Jeff Flake for the task.
“McCain is already pissed off with us, now he has a group like Moore’s agitating him further. He’ll think we’re behind it,” says a White House staffer who monitors Capitol Hill.
That’s doubtful. Given the way the White House has treated Moore of late, it should consider itself lucky Moore isn’t talking about running someone against Bush next time around.
Indeed, the White House has every reason to be grateful to Moore, whose Club for Growth was key to helping elect pro-tax cut, conservative House and Senate members (John Sununu, Jr., was one of Moore’s big winners) in the last election cycle. Instead, it put off his call for a more conservative, pro-tax-cut Treasury Secretary in order to install another moderate, country club Republican in Paul O’Neill’s place.
Besides, the White House has so badly botched the McCain relationship, that anything anyone else did wouldn’t even show up on the radar.
McCain is now on the warpath against the Administration because he feels it — and former Senate leader Trent Lott — backtracked on a deal to give his favored nominee to the Federal Election Commission a seat at the table before his landmark campaign finance reform legislation passed through the FEC’s regulatory clutches. Instead, his nominee was seated too late in the process to make a real difference.
“Okay, they seated her, but it was way after they should have. If the Senator is mad and looking to get even, it’s because these guys didn’t play straight,” says a McCain staffer.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?