October 7, 2005

RUNNING MEN:

Arizona senator to campaign for governor's ballot initiatives (BETH FOUHY, October 7th, 2005, AP)

To help promote his "year of reform" ballot initiatives, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has turned to one of the best known political reformers on the national stage - Arizona Sen. John McCain.

The Republicans will campaign together Monday for the measures Schwarzenegger is promoting on the Nov. 8 ballot, Schwarzenegger campaign spokesman Todd Harris said. McCain has endorsed the four initiatives favored by the governor, which would curb the power of the Democrat-controlled Legislature and their allied public employee unions.

"John McCain is known for two things - one is being a reformer, and the other is being a straight talker," Harris said. "We think Sen. McCain's endorsement of the governor's reform agenda will send a signal loud and clear to all Californians that these reforms are the real deal."


The Senator's ability to carry CA and bring in some congressmen with him is why he'll be the 2008 nominee. Take back CA and the Democratic Party is an afterthought nationally.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 7, 2005 7:54 PM
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OJ - In the special election in CA to replace Congressman Cox McCain threw his support behind a pro-abortion GOPer who garnered a whopping 16% of the vote. However, this 16% was enough to keep the conservative party pick below 50% so now that person has to endure a runoff election.

The GOP base will not support McCain unless he is the only choice to stop Hillary. To get enough votes to win McCain will have to move even closer to the center which will alienate even more GOPers.

Posted by: AWW at October 7, 2005 8:09 PM

Forgot to mention - yes if the GOP starts carrying CA again the Dems are toast. But McCain, once the MSM turns on him (as it will in an presidential election) will not carry California.

Posted by: AWW at October 7, 2005 8:11 PM

It's a hierarchical party. It's his turn.

Posted by: oj at October 7, 2005 8:12 PM

Conservatives always overestimate the media.

Posted by: oj at October 7, 2005 8:15 PM

I guess the base goes with Rudy, then. Never thought of that.

Posted by: ghostcat at October 7, 2005 8:44 PM

Perhaps he's had his turn?

Posted by: Genecis at October 7, 2005 8:57 PM

One of my rare disagreements with you, OJ. I'll not support anyone who has associated with Bill Kristol, and I'm kind of surprised that you would. Besides, McCain will never get the nomination if Rudy is running. I'm so disgusted by the Corner/Kristol/libertarian wing of the party and their piling on the President that I'm thinking about sitting it out altogether.

Posted by: Melissa at October 7, 2005 9:20 PM

One of my rare disagreements with you, OJ. I'll not support anyone who has associated with Bill Kristol, and I'm kind of surprised that you would. Besides, McCain will never get the nomination if Rudy is running. I'm so disgusted by the Corner/Kristol/libertarian wing of the party and their piling on the President that I'm thinking about sitting it out altogether.

Posted by: Melissa at October 7, 2005 9:20 PM

Melissa:

I'll likely vote against him in the NH primary again and he'll win in a walkover again.

Posted by: oj at October 7, 2005 10:31 PM

One thing that has been apparent this past week is that the right wing blogosphere thinks they're the base. The real base doesn't know what a blog is...

Posted by: b at October 7, 2005 10:45 PM

Thankfully.

Posted by: oj at October 7, 2005 10:51 PM

At this pace Insty, Vodkapundit and the other libertarian bloggers are soon to have an Andrew Sullivan moment and try to drag their followers over to the Dems thinking they can teach the conservatives a lesson. It's more likely they'll just alienate their conservative readers.

Posted by: Patrick H at October 7, 2005 10:59 PM

The Senator's ability to carry CA and bring in some congressmen with him is why he'll be the 2008 nominee.

God, I hope you're wrong about that. McCain is an equivocating snake out only for what is beneficial for himself. He is the leader of the Gang of Seven who killed any chance of a nuclear option. He co-authored the McCain-Feingold act which is the single biggest curtailing of free speech in modern history. He has fought and opposed the Bush administration since the beginning - at first as a vengeful act for losing to Bush in the primaries, and then when he saw an advantage to further his misbegotten desire for the White House.

His demand for the release of more Abu Ghraib and Gitmo pictures which will only put US Troops in the Middle East in more danger borders on treason and aligns him with the ACLU. His deals with HillBillary Clinton show him for the snake he really is. His meeting with Cindy Sheehan shows his total lack of respect for US Troops she trashes on a daily basis and his last stunt, putting an amendment on the DOD spending bill to wrest power from the Executive branch which is rightly the Commander-in-Chief's and his immature sniping at Donald Rumsfeld for the last 5 years shows me he cares for nothing than publicity and putting his now hacked-up face on the tube.

Yasser Arafat was the most frequent overnight guest at the Clinton White House and in a similar fashion, John McSnake is the most frequent mugger on the Sunday morning talk shows.

He'll be 72 in 2008 and he's no Ronald Reagan. He has cancer which is slowly eating away at his health. And he is wrong and bad for America.

Posted by: Reverend Scaramonga at October 7, 2005 11:00 PM

He'd be a one-termer and a place holder for Jeb but would bring in a slew of Republicans with him and finish the job of making the GOP the permanent majority. He's nt likely to be a great president, but his term will be consumed by finishing up projects W leaves behind anyway.

Posted by: oj at October 7, 2005 11:08 PM

Patrick:

And for the same reason as Sullivan went--libertarianism is about the self while conservatism is about the society/culture.

Posted by: oj at October 7, 2005 11:09 PM

Conservatives overestimate the media? You might be right, but how could a goofy-looking (yet pompous) empty suit like Kerry have run such a bad campaign and still made it that close in 2004 without their tireless work on his behalf? In any event, I think you underestimate the revulsion a good chunk of the right wing base feels toward Sen. McSnake. I thought the Reverend summed it up pretty well.

Posted by: gg at October 8, 2005 12:02 AM

Patrick -

Insty's neither a Republican nor a conservative. He's a pro-WOT centrist. In fact, I believe he's a registered Democrat. Only the Kos Kids think he's a wing-nut knuckle-dragger.

Posted by: ghostcat at October 8, 2005 12:24 AM

ghostcat,
He might be a registered Democrat but he reads like a libertarian with a grudge against social conservatives. He's certainly no conservative but many conservatives read him, just like they did Sully before the fall. I read him more from habit than anything else, but I find myself skipping over that bookmark more and more.

Posted by: Patrick H at October 8, 2005 3:48 AM

gg:

The incumbent had us mired in an unpopular war. No Iraq, W wins by ten points.

Posted by: oj at October 8, 2005 8:55 AM
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