Friday, April 18, 2008

Republicans for Obama?

Rusty Shackleford's post is headlined "The Two Wars in Iraq & Mistaken Republican Support for Obama," but he really doesn't provide any evidence that "Republicans for Obama" represents anything like a significant slice of the electorate:
After years of support for the war, some in the center and on the right have decided that the initial invasion of Iraq was a mistake. They feel like their initial support was in error or that they were duped [notoriously, John Cole]. Lacking any other vocabulary, they lash out at the war or at the Bush Administration for starting it.
Because McCain supports the war in Iraq they have no other recourse than to support Obama who was against the war. A vote for McCain is a vote in support of the war, which they now see as a mistake.
Rusty argues for a rhetorical separation of Iraq into two wars: The initial invasion that quickly routed the Iraqi military (a decisive U.S. victory), and the long, bloody occupation fight against insurgents and terrorists (not yet a victory):
The First Iraq War may have been "optional", as many of the critics say; but
the Second Iraq war is not. We must win it. The price of victory may be high, but the price of defeat is higher.
Interesting argument. I would never vote for Obama -- I don't vote for Democrats -- but I'd never vote for John McCain, either.

John McCain is not a conservative. In fact, John McCain hates conservatives, as he has made clear on many occasions in many ways.

Republican propagandists have tried to scare conservatives into voting for McCain by telling us all the terrible things that will happen if Obama or Hillary get elected. But American survived eight years of Bill Clinton, and I refuse to reward the GOP for doing the wrong thing. If the Republican Party can nominate a non-conservative like McCain and still get the votes of conservatives, where is the incentive for the GOP ever to nominate a conservative?

John McCain may yet win in November, but he won't get any help from me. Frankly, I expect him to lose -- and lose badly. But if somehow he does win, his presidency will be bad for the Republican Party, bad for the conservative movement, and bad for America. Remember: "The people who know him like him least."

The architects of "National Greatness" say we should support John McCain, which is good enough reason for me not to support John McCain. Is conservatism nothing more than GOP cheerleading? Is it just "jobs for the boys," so to speak?


  1. Supreme court justices.

    Fairness in Broadcasting.

    My two reasons to vote for McCain.

    Other than that, I'd agree.

  2. I am not so sure we have survived Carter yet. Much of the bad things going on in the world right now were formed by Carter's foreign policy clear back in the late '70's.
    From what I can see Obama makes Carter look like a foreign policy genius. We can ill afford to destroy our credibility as people who can be counted on over the long term after we get people to stick their necks out.