January 18, 2007

THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW:

McCain does about-face on grassroots reform bill (Alexander Bolton, 1/18/07, The Hill)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has told conservative activists that he will vote to strip a key provision on grassroots lobbying from the reform package he previously supported.

The provision would require grassroots organizations to report on their fundraising activities and is strongly opposed by groups such as the National Right to Life Committee, Gun Owners of America, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

While grassroots groups on both sides of the political spectrum oppose the proposal, social conservative leaders such as Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, who broadcasts a radio program to hundreds of thousands of evangelical Christians, have been its most vehement critics.


Endorsement to follow. These guys are good.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 18, 2007 11:01 PM
Comments

John McCain - profile in fear.

His days of yukking it up with Chris Matthews et al. are probably over. And if the poll numbers don't improve, he'll probably be speaking at Bob Jones this spring. I seem to remember he accused a former rival of perfidy for doing the same thing a while back.

McCain is on the slippery slope down the sewer pipe. Better switch now. I hear Chuck Hagel needs supporters.

Posted by: ratbert at January 19, 2007 12:09 AM

Fun to listen to y'all whistling past the graveyard.

Posted by: oj [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 19, 2007 7:26 AM

OJ - who is whistling past the graveyard? Ratbert is right - this was a McCain provision that drew howls from the blogosphere and he backed down. If he killed a bad provision that someone else proposed he would get kudos, instead he gets none for killing his own provision that people didn't like.

McCain's time was in 2000. Since then he has aged 6 yrs and given the GOP base more reasons to distrust him. If he does end up as the nominee he will be like Dole in '96 - too old and set in his ways and he will get beat by the Dem nominee.

Posted by: AWW at January 19, 2007 8:12 AM

The '3.2 million members' of (can't)MoveOn.org are spending some money out here in Iowa on a commercial that tries to sound like McCain has replaced Rove and Cheney as the Power Behind the Throne, though the video looks more like ole John has a Man Crush on W.

I'm sure they could be attempting some reverse psychology jujitsu of making Republicans made enough to nominate the weaker candidate but I take it as a sign they, at least, think McCain would be hard to beat.

Posted by: Chris B at January 19, 2007 8:28 AM

McCain will not be beaten by the present crop of candidates, either in the Republican primary or the general election. As I have said for over a year now, the ticket is McCain-Lieberman '08.

He will easily beat Romney (Giuliani will not run), look for the race to be over on Feb 5, 2008.

Posted by: sam at January 19, 2007 8:40 AM

McCain's greatest asset, like Hillary's, is the perception that only he can win the general. As that perception fades or becomes proven false McCain, like Hillary, will drop down the ranks.

Posted by: AWW at January 19, 2007 9:49 AM

"howls from the blogosphere" Howling, raging and ranting is what the blogosphere does. It does not have a real world impact in 99.999% of cases.

Look at the post above, not only Dobson and other conservatives, but AIPAC opposed it. They have more impact than all the howls that come from bloggers.

Posted by: Bob at January 19, 2007 11:08 AM

"howls from the blogosphere" Howling, raging and ranting is what the blogosphere does. It does not have a real world impact in 99.999% of cases.

Look at the post above, not only Dobson and other conservatives, but AIPAC opposed it. They have more impact than all the howls that come from bloggers.

Posted by: Bob at January 19, 2007 11:18 AM

AWW:

No, he's a Republican. It doesn't matter whether he can win the general, it's just his turn to try. No one thought Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush or Bob Dole was the best candidate, it was just their turn.

Posted by: oj [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 19, 2007 12:39 PM

AWW:

You are. By killing the provision McCain demonstrates that he's a man with whom the Reverends can do business. What can Giuliani or Romney do for them?

Posted by: oj [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 19, 2007 12:52 PM

The NRA is already celebrating this as another victory. So should we all.
http://www.nraila.org/News/Read/NewsReleases.aspx?ID=8749

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 19, 2007 8:31 PM

Maverick delivers.

Posted by: oj [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 20, 2007 7:56 AM
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