Is McCain Trying To Lose?

I’m really trying to like John McCain.  I really am.

I believe him when he says he has changed his mind on tax cuts. I applaud his position change on amnesty for illegal aliens. I believe him to be a credible candidate on the issue of National Security. I think he will make better judicial appointments than either of the two Democrats.

But, this global warming baloney may yet prove to be the deal-breaker for me.

McCain has gone public with his mandatory cap and trade program for reducing CO2, and was quoted in Concord, NH making the ridiculously grandiose statement, “I will clean up the planet.” He told a group of Concord voters, “I will make global warming a priority.”

His senior policy adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, says McCain is trying to focus on the issue while still being pragmatic.

“He wants to have something that he will be able to implement (as president),” Holtz-Eakin said. “His view of the lay of the land is that (his) cap-and-trade (proposal) has political viability.”

Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy for the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, says that is likely. No other candidate has a better shot of getting his plan enacted.

“The Republicans in Congress will not be able to oppose a President McCain. The leadership in both Houses will follow him,” Ebell said. source

McCain figures that his position will help him attract Democrat and independent voters.

Maybe so.

But, he risks losing a ton of conservatives in the process. Just because we have no other candidate to vote for doesn’t mean that we will automatically vote for McCain.

Especially if the fish are biting.

Here is the contact page from the McCain website. Drop them a line and let them know what you think.

24 Responses

  1. Unlike you, nuke, I’m not even gonna try.
    I don’t like him and never will, and all he is doing is reinforcing what I knew to be true about him.

  2. Sorry Nuke, but I still can’t get pass the Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran. Or is that how he plans to clean up the planet?

  3. Anybody that promised to bomb the shiite out of Iran would have my vote.

  4. I think W is going to beat him to it.

  5. Hope so. They’ve killed out soldiers long enough and a reckoning is due.

  6. As for the global warming acolytes, most people can see the hypocrisy and sheer stupidity, so I’m not really worried there. If this cooling period continues, this will be a complete nonissue.

    What I’m concerned about is that he seems to think vaccines cause autism. The only thing I can hope for is a good vice presidential pick.

  7. McCain needs to read a book by John Stossel. Any book will do. They all show the ridiculousness of his pet obsessions. The Global Warming Swindle. Campaign Finance Reform (should really be called kill Republican finances). Sarbanes Oxley. Vaccines and autism. Sucking up to Democrats who hate him just because his party starts with R. What’s next? Is he going to hire Noam Chomsky for Sec of State?

  8. I disagree strongly about bombing Iran, and as for Mc making that silly comment, it was just that, and another example of his lack of control over his internal monologue. We were chanting the “bomb-bomb-bomb-Iraq” tune for years, and he just used it without thinking, a common trait of his.
    I ranted on this ticking time bomb of a candidate months ago, and now just have to wait and see what happens. I doubt my vote will make a difference in the state I live in, as the donks will never win, regardless how pathetic the GOP candidate is.

  9. McCain has got to get off his global warming express. Yes, he is least enthusiastic about it compared to Hillary and Barack, but what real difference or consolation is that? It’s no different than saying I believe in just a little bit less gun control that the my opponents.

  10. Hey DD.
    I guess the McCain camp thinks he can win with less than enthusiastic support form the conservative base.

    They are wrong, wrong wrong.

  11. n2l.
    two articles in today’s press on why I think Iran is on the short, short butt-kicking list.
    1) March 20 declaration of war? Link

    2) Ruskie intel: US preparations near complete for Iranian strike Link

  12. We have been going after Iran’s banks for years, and were really putting the hurt on them in late 06 and early 07, as Iran couldn’t get any credit purchases, but had to have the money deposited in cash to make any purchases. That’s all well and good, and I encourage that activity, along with sanctions, and supporting the dissident movement, but as far as launching military operations against Iran, I just don’t believe it will happen. At least not preemptively. The only exception might be destroying their nuclear facilities, but even that is problematic. If we attack Iran, and I don’t think we will, but if we did, it would have to include operations that removed the head of the snake first…targeted assassinations, as well as shutting down their communications system. If we were to kill any innocent Iranians, we would be screwing the pooch, as Iran is a nation of 71million, and many of the fence sitters would chose the side of nationalism.

  13. Bush has not demonstrated that he has the dexterity to pull this off. But, I am unconvinced that he will punt this to the next administration

  14. I just don’t see it happening, at all.
    Not as long as we have the troop committments around the globe that we do.

  15. Hmmmmm. That article in the Asia Times was very interesting.

  16. This article from KRSI Radio Sedaye Iran gives an account that coincides with my reading of that article nuke gave.
    US draws on its dominion to wreak havoc in Iran.

    HAVE we all been looking the wrong way on Iran, wondering when the United States or Israel will give up on its defiant President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and launch a pre-emptive strike at his suspected nuclear weapons facilities?

    A different kind of strike may be on the way. It’s already been tested against North Korea and Burma, and it worked. Now the US may be getting ready to drop its financial atom bomb on the much bigger target of Iran.

    That bold part I agree with, not the other type of bomb.

  17. I would agree that a pre-emptive military strike by the US is unlikely. However, having the Stennis CBG, and 3 attack subs in the Gulf suggests that any erstwhile reaction to the financial strikes would be met with overwhelming firepower of the boom-boom kind.

  18. Having our fleet in force in the Persian Gulf is a good idea, and makes the Iranian government always cast a glance over in that direction.
    If the Iranian people were to be successful in a revolt, our military could make certain no lashing out took place, or HVT’s escaped.
    Iran’s economy has been in serious trouble for a while, and with Monkey-Boy as President, it has only gotten worse.
    When the Iranian middle and upper middle class starts hurting, then the jig is up.

  19. I would be interested in knowing what Radio Free Farsi is putting on the airwaves

  20. My Persian friends listen to it on the net, but I haven’t checked to see if it is in English.

  21. I just checked, and the broadcasts are in Farsi.

  22. that’s Greek to me

  23. No it ain’t!
    /it’s farsi 🙄

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