Why I Hope McCain Loses – And Why I Think That The Worse His Defeat, The Better It Will Be

I have posted elsewhere why I won’t be voting for John McCain. Those are all good reasons. But even if they don’t convince you that should shouldn’t vote for him as the lesser of two evils, here’s one more – and it is a big one.

I think John McCain has made it his project to break the power of the conservative movement in the Republican party.

Take another look at that list of infamy. That’s what I called it. That’s how a lot of conservatives feel about it. But McCain doesn’t feel that it is infamous. He thinks it is laudable. Praiseworthy. He think it is a blueprint for how a successful GOP should proceed.

He thinks conservatism is a dead ideology that doesn’t recognize that the world has moved on. It has lost its relevance in a nation where the old paradigms are falling away. We are becoming a nation of Mexican and Latino immigrants, legal and illegal. That must be recognized and catered to. We can no longer afford the wild swings and gyrations of what he views as unfettered capitalism. The people at the top make – and keep – too much money. He proposes to fix that. All of the rest of his programs and policies reflect -not a conservative sensibility – but an accomodationist, populist vision: He sees the future of America as One Big Party, with all those scurrilous, hard-nosed, stubborn shell-backs on both the left and the right who prate that principles are more important than pragmatic politics effectively sealed out of the process of representative government.

And so he is deliberately turning his back on “the (not his) base.” He’s taking an enormous gamble, but from his point of view, if he wins, the payoff is even greater. He will have demonstrated to his party that it doesn’t need to depend on a conservative base, it can achieve power by marshaling the great populist middle to its banners.

And a McCain victory might well seal that deal. I don’t think he’ll get it – the times are wrong, for one thing – but the notion isn’t entirely crazy. The majority doesn’t like contention, strife, argument, political dissension. “Can’t we all just get along?” it cries. That is what McCain is trying to harness with his message of compromise and sweety-sweet pabulumized politics. “Post-partisan politics” is what both he and Obama call it. Post-politics politics is what it really is.

So don’t vote for him. In fact, to make sure that he – and his damnable, dangerous project – is drubbed so thoroughly no other GOP politician will give it a thought for the next fifty years – I wouldn’t even hold it against you if you voted for his opponent. McCain has declared, and is waging, war on American conservatives, especially those in the GOP. I think we should return the favor, with as much shock and awe as we can muster.

Me? If McCain loses by a margin wider than ten percent come November, I plan to post a video of myself with a huge turkey as I happily cry, “Mission accomplished!”

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About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


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  2. Not to disagree, but remember how much Barry Goldwater lost by.

    A “thorough drubbing” is only the start. Conservatives need to get off their butts and either build enough support to run the RINOs and the apparatchiks out of the Republican party, or start organizing a new movement.

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  4. I oppose McCain because he has the best chance of unleashing an irreversible change to the population of voters that will render impossible most future conservative victories at the polls.

    Once McCain grants citizenship to 20 million illegal aliens both parties will pander to these new voters and compete to give them what they want, including letting them bring in their families from Mexico or South America. The result will be at least 50 million uneducated, inassimilable poor people who may well be “good-hearted” but will also be drains on our social services. They will vote for whichever politician will redistribute the greatest amount of tax money to them. We will lose any security on our Southern border, our American culture, and we will become a socialist nation. Irreversibly.

    Clinton or Obama can not do as much permanent damage, if we successfully stop the amnesty that would swamp the votes of Republicans and conservatives. For example, if Obama or Clinton appoints leftist Supreme Court Justices, then Republican and conservative voters retain the possibility of restricting the jurisdiction of the Court. If they launch a socialist national health care program, then Republican and conservative voters retain the possibility of ending the program later. These battles may be very hard, but we retain the possibility of winning. But if we give citizenship to 20 million illegal aliens and let them bring in their families, there never again will be enough conservative voters to pass conservatives policies, except perhaps for more restrictions on abortion.

    In summary, I oppose McCain because he has the best chance of achieving a demographic coup d’etat that will permanently overwhelm conservative voters.

    I admire the service and sacrifice in his youth. But when I vote, I’ll write in Tom Tancredo or Duncan Hunter for President.

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