There's been a lot of talk lately about the crazy right wingers fracturing the Republican party for not jumping on the John McCain train. I keep trying to like the guy, I do, then I watch him in the debates and I either get turned off or riled up. I keep hoping he will flip flop on an issue or two. Maybe he could say "I was wrong about closing Guantanamo. I've given it a lot of thought and I previously hadn't considered the ramifications of giving Constitutional rights to terrorists." To change from the wrong position to the right position isn't a bad thing. He sort of flip flopped on the issue of immigration. After the McCain/Kennedy bill was defeated he was quoted as saying "If they want the f*&*ing fence, I'll give them the f*&*ing fence." I appreciate that, but couldn't he have been just a bit more gracious?
All of the old time, Washington elite Republicans are jumping onto McCain's bandwagon. I'm sure they believe he's the guy that can beat the Democrats in November. Maybe they're right. I'll vote for him if he gets the nomination. There are some things about him that I like. He's promised to keep the tax cuts permanent and I whole heartedly agree with his position regarding Iraq.
Just remember in the past what has happened when the elite Republican/Washington establishment candidates have been nominated. In case you've forgotten here are a couple examples.
Gerald Ford became President of the United States after Nixon's election. Ford was a moderate, and naturally, since he was the incumbent he was the establishment candidate. Conservative Ronald Reagan ran against Gerald Ford in the 1976 Republican primary. Ford won the nomination at the National Convention and went on to lose the general election to Jimmy Carter. Do I really need to remind anyone the fun of the Carter presidency?
Then came Bob Dole in 1996. He has a similar record to John McCain. Bob Dole is a war hero. In World War II he was hit by machine gun fire in Northern Italy. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for valor. He, too, served in the United States Senate. In 1996 Bob Dole was the moderate Republican "establishment" nominee. He went on to lose the election to Bill Clinton. What a blast that was!
Beware the candidate that is part of the Washington Republican establishment. Things don't always turn out the way you'd like.