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Political musings from Warren E. Peterson

A Suggestion for Anti McCain Conservatives

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 8, 2008

The anti-McCain conservatives have a theory. It goes something like this. Let the Democrats win the White House and as with Jimmy Carter, the public will be so disillusioned they will vote for a conservative in 2012. A new Reagan will arise from the mist to not only win the presidency but also lead the conservative movement to a permanent majority. Carter begat Reagan, Bill and Hillary begat a Republican House and Senate and Barack or Hillary will open the door to Reagan II, or so the thinking goes.

But what if Obama is elected President and also assumes the leadership of a resurgent liberal movement? The Left will claim Bush begat Obama and they could be right. Obama’s oratorical skills and his warm and fuzzy message of hope and change appear to resonate with Democrats, independents and confused Republicans as well. Playing on the stressful times in which we find ourselves, voters may fall for the Democrat’s “we will take care of you” siren song. Eight years from now we could find a majority of voters more dependent than ever on the government, a leftist one at that. The only way to preclude such a permanent shift to the left is a McCain victory in November.

So how do anti-McCain conservatives back off their rhetoric and support his election? Here’s a suggestion. Look at McCain as a one term President (He’ll be 72 in 2009). Recognize that he is conservative enough (83% rating from the American Conservative Union) to hold the line against liberal policies for four years. Use those years to find and vet a new leader of the conservative movement and 2012 presidential candidate. If such a person is known today, why not exchange strong conservative support for McCain for the Vice-President spot.

Even the Gipper said that someone who supports him 70% of the time is my friend. John McCain was not my first choice but he is clearly the best choice we have now. Conservatives need to lead the charge to elect him President. If the Senator from Arizona wins without conservative support, they risk being considered irrelevant in 2012. If McCain loses a close race, conservatives could be blamed. Better to be a team player, win or lose.

For more on this issue, see my post of February 6, 2008.

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