McCain Supporters Undermine His Candidacy
By: Christopher G. Adamo
With the brazen assistance of establishment Republicans, the McCain juggernaut advances, with his lock on the partyâ€™s nomination now all but certain. However, navigating the general election will be an entirely different matter. Ironically, aside from the candidate himself and his past record (whenever the media gets around to talking about it), the greatest threat to a McCain Victory is none other than McCainâ€™s staunchest and loudest supporters.
It is worth noting that the upcoming Olympic games in China are in the news on account of Chinese demands that visiting athletes pledge not to say anything critical of the â€œhostâ€ nation. Fundamentally flawed regimes, no matter how small or large, are acutely sensitive to the fact that the greatest danger they face is the freely spoken word. Their fragile facades of strength and cohesion can only be maintained in an environment where real scrutiny is prohibited.
Likewise, neither McCainâ€™s current â€œconservatismâ€ nor his consistent track record of betraying it, can withstand close examination. Thus, the â€œcode of silenceâ€ currently being pressed on all of conservative media by those who anticipate the prospect of a McCain win in November.
To be sure, only a single credible reason exists among the intellectually honest to justify supporting McCain. It essentially amounts to â€œAnybody but Hillary.â€ Yet even this notion is currently threatened, as the likelihood of an Obama victory over her looms ever greater with each ensuing primary contest. And while Obama is every bit the fringe liberal that Hillary has proven to be, his radicalism is not nearly as overt and thus he does not appear as threatening.
So, in comparison, a campaign based on the fear of Obama simply would not resonate to the same degree as motivation to support the â€œRepublicanâ€ candidate.
Some have attempted to bolster support for McCain by pointing to upcoming vacancies on the Supreme Court. But this argument holds no water. McCain was, after all, the leader of the infamous â€œGang of Fourteen.â€ This cabal was comprised of seven Republican and seven Democrat Senators who endorsed the unconstitutional filibustering of President Bushâ€™s judicial nominees whom the Democrats claimed were too â€œextremeâ€ to be allowed an up or down vote.
It is altogether inconceivable that, after bolstering the Democratsâ€™ case against the Presidentâ€™s judicial nominees, McCain would then risk coming out on the opposite side of the Democrats by nominating any individual to whom they might object. The consummate pragmatist in McCain dictates that his nominees will pass muster with the Democrats, no doubt â€œunitingâ€ this divided country.
In an effort to not feel completely dirty on leaving the voting booth after reluctantly pulling the lever for McCain, some conservatives seek symbolic concessions from him which might be sufficiently representative of latent conservatism to temporarily assuage their consciences for having so cheapened themselves. But unless they are pathologically gullible, they have to know such professions are ultimately worthless.
At best, statements of this nature would only legitimize the political â€œmeritâ€ of a convincing lie. On occasion, completely contrary assurances have been offered from McCain to the liberal opposition, which in the end is the only group that can expect to get what it was promised.
Against such a backdrop, establishment Republicans are pulling out all of the stops in an effort to recast McCain while bludgeoning his critics into silence. Several prominent Republicans have attempted to make the case that McCain is indeed a â€œconservative,â€ lately including President Bush. Yet those who attempt to tout McCainâ€™s â€œconservatismâ€ end up saying much more about themselves and their own lack of principle than they do about the Arizona Senator or his critics.
Moreover, another element of McCain minions is lately exerting its influence inside the now thoroughly corrupted Republican â€œbig tent.â€ This group is comprised of the only true supporters of John McCain, and its transparent actions are the most telling of what a McCain candidacy truly entails, and what the nation can expect if he prevails in November.
In the minds of such people, McCainâ€™s success represents the downfall of conservatism, which they have loathed for the entire time that they were compelled to tolerate its presence within the GOP. As they perceive the McCain momentum to be gaining, they simply cannot resist what they believe is a golden opportunity to drive a stake through the heart of conservatism.
Their words and ideas need to be heard and understood for what they truly represent. It is they, more than any other constituency, that portend the future of conservatism and America under a McCain administration.
Among such people, no latitude for debate exists. Either drink the McCain Kool-aid or be labeled a heretic and face political exile from the new Republican order. One must not merely recognize McCain as the presumptive nominee, one must accede to the inherently flawed nature of conservatism and henceforth renounce it while swearing total allegiance to the Vichy Republicans.
At this point, even conditional support for McCain becomes virtually impossible for all but his lackeys and those skulking â€œmoderatesâ€ in sheepâ€™s clothing who now feel emboldened to reveal their true sympathies.
So, the best advice to moderates is that unless they want to be the reason for McCainâ€™s downfall, they should stump for him using the â€œlesser of two evilsâ€ scenario (however subtle the contrast between McCain and his Democrat opponent might be), hope for the best, and leave it at that.
Anything more strident only serves to remind real conservatives why they have good reason to shake the miserable dust of the McCain candidacy from their feet.
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Christopher Adamo is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.
Christopher G. Adamo has been active in Wyoming politics for many years and is a managing partner in Best American Buy (www.bestamericanbuy.com), an e-commerce business that markets American made products including the incomparable Abigail Adams Bedspread Set from Bates Mills. Contact information for Chris Adamo, and his archives, can be found at www.chrisadamo.com