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!”