October 3, 2005

BUSH IS TOO FAR LEFT, I WANT McCAIN! (via Kevin Whited):

The GOP Could Lose in '06: Have congressional Republicans lost their way? (John Fund, October 3, 2005, Opinion Journal)

At the behest of the White House, Mr. Hastert and then-Majority Leader DeLay held a floor vote open for three hours early one morning while they browbeat GOP members to pass a prescription drug benefit that was the largest expansion of an entitlement program since LBJ's Great Society. "It was a watershed event, the moment when Republicans who stood for limited government realized they were the enemy of their own leadership," Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma told me. [...]

[T]he candidate who may benefit the most from the current discontent among Republicans is Sen. John McCain, a Beltway media darling who has often been unpopular among conservatives for his apostate views. But since Mr. McCain doesn't depend on the Bush White House or his party's leadership for favors, he is liberated to blast away at their abandonment of principle.

At a dinner last month with editors of The American Spectator, he called for revisiting the bloated highway bill and for outright repeal of the prescription drug bill--"a program that no voter understands and will usually oppose once they do." It's a sign of the failures of Republican leaders to follow conservative principles that Mr. McCain is becoming the most visible opponent of business-as-usual in Washington right now.

Even without getting the HSA's that these folk had futilely tried passing for decades -- a monumental achievement -- the prescription drug bill is more than justified by the free market mechanisms it brought to bear on a program that was inevitable.

But all this bitching from the whacko Right is made more than worthwhile by watching them face the realization that they're becoming McCainiacs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 3, 2005 1:59 PM

Not me. I am now, and will remain, a non-McCainiac whacko.

Posted by: pj at October 3, 2005 2:36 PM

bet you vote for him.

Posted by: oj at October 3, 2005 2:42 PM

Yes, Bush is too far left.

Posted by: joe shropshire at October 3, 2005 3:02 PM

I'll stay home unless it's Evita.

Posted by: Sandy P at October 3, 2005 3:06 PM

oj - I may well vote for him, but that's beside the point.

Posted by: pj at October 3, 2005 3:54 PM

No, it was my point.

Posted by: oj at October 3, 2005 3:58 PM


Posted by: jefferson park at October 3, 2005 5:25 PM

Which brings up another irony: that those who consider McCain too liberal are then going to Rudy, who's certainly more liberal than Bush & McCain combined. In particular, I don't get the affection avowed libertarian gun nut Glenn Reynolds has for such a solid proponent of gun control.

Posted by: Timothy at October 3, 2005 6:55 PM

for libertarians, gays & abortion trump guns.

Posted by: oj at October 3, 2005 7:04 PM

Timothy - Rudy has been consistent, McCain hasn't. Rudy has been an executive, McCain has been a behind-the-scenes maneuverer. The distaste for McCain is the distaste for someone who doesn't deal transparently. And, as the Harriet Miers angst shows, conservatives suspect people who're not transparent of liberalism.

Posted by: pj at October 3, 2005 8:35 PM

No one's ever been more transparent than George Bush and they think he's a liberal. They're fanatics.

Posted by: oj at October 4, 2005 7:39 AM