20 Feb
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WSJ Considers “How Right is McCain?”

In The Wall Street Journal today, Pete DuPontexamines the question, “How Right is McCain?”

Some of McCain’s key conservative stances:
· Determined to finish the job in Iraq and stand tough on Iran
· Supports building nuclear power plants – a great source of clean energy
· Supports individual social security accounts
· Opposes HillaryCare/RomneyCare/etc
· Supports school choice and vouchers
· Wants to end agriculture subsidies, including ethanol, because they are an impediment to free markets (considering that there is now evidence that the production of ethanol actually releases more carbon into the atmosphere than is saved by burning ethanol over gas, it is seriously time to stand up to the flyover states and end these subsidies)
· Supports eliminating the alternative minimum tax and reform the tax code, and make the Bush tax cuts permanent
· Supports free trade

DuPont concludes that McCain is “mostly conservative” – but is that enough?

McCain-Feingold was a horrible piece of legislation and McCain’s anti-pharma rhetoric causes me serious concern, but considering the anti-market, populist economic views of Clinton, Obama and Huckabee, McCain’s strong background on many conservative issues makes him by far the best option for conservatives and I am confident that he would be a strong leader and a great president.

As for the conservative outcry over McCain’s candidacy, I think that it is important to put things into perspective – is McCain really worse for the conservative cause than Bush’s compassionate conservatism?

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  • Consider this – if John McCain loses, it looks more and more certain that we will have, in the office of the President, an extraordinarily charismatic and liberal leader. If elected, I predict that Obama’s popularity will usher in greater majorities of Democrats into the House and Senate. This combined with a popular president might produce unheard of amounts of liberal legislation in the next 4-8 years.

    Yet consider the alternative: a John McCain victory. His successful ascension in the party to president may very well spell doom for conservative Republicans. McCain is known for, among other things, his self-righteousness, his tenacity, and his vindictiveness. As leader of a fractured party, I do not see him embracing conservatives thus far in the run up to the general election. His transgressions include McCain-Feingold (a direct and unconstitutional assault on free political speech), amnesty (which he still refuses to renounce), and railing on the injustice of Guantanamo Bay (i.e., in favor of extending constitutional rights to not only enemies, but criminals by any international standards of wartime conduct).

    For years conservatives have been doing their best to expose his laughably unprincipled stance on issues; if elected president, I fear that he will exact revenge, using his bully pulpit to cut in deep against conservatives in rather uncivil ways – remember, anyone who opposed his immigration bill was “racist.” I fear the political consequences such that the conservative movement could be pushed from presidential politics for decades.

    Does anyone else feel as uneasy as I do?

    P.S., remember that the WSJ has been pushing for unfettered illegal immigration for decades now. In this respect, their editorial board is looking out more for the interests of cheap labor for corporations.

    What’s a voter to do?