… maybe the doomsayers are right. It’s hard to exaggerate the sheer awfulness of John McCain as a candidate. Stephen Hayes captures a little vignette of McCain in a Michigan townhall, where a voter had asked him, essentially, whether conservatives could trust him:
[McCain] defended his vote against the Bush tax cuts and, at some length, reiterated his concerns about global warming. Later, he went out of his way to emphasize his respect for Hillary Clinton and boast about his work with Democrats Joe Lieberman, Russ Feingold, and Ted Kennedy.
“At some length!” In general, environmentalism is an elite concern, to which the ordinary American is either indifferent or fundamentally hostile (i.e.: “bunch of crunchy-granola tree-hugging fruit loops!”). At any rate, it is not an issue where any Republican can out-pander the Democrats, so the best GOP response is always a short one. The idea of McCain wading into the tall grass to talk “at some length” about global warming must elicit big smiles at Hope HQ.
If the candidate is incapable of the basic campaign discipline of avoiding lengthy discussions of issues where he has nothing to gain, then my friend the “veteran communications operative” is right: “We’re doomed.”
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?
H/T to National Review Online