President Bush endorsed the candidacy of Senator John McCain today from the White House. While this is no surprise and no real news, it is the first step that John McCain must take in order to try and somehow convince conservative voters that he really is a conservative Republican. While most of the country has turned it's back on the leadership of President Bush, staunch conservatives still support the President and today's endorsement was designed to try and bring those disenfranchised voters over to the McCain camp before November's general election.
While national polls show a tight race between either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton and GOP nominee John McCain, you can be certain that national polls will fluctuate wildly between now and election day. The only hope that John McCain really has when it comes to winning broad based conservative support is by using the 'Fear Factor' of what a Clinton or Obama presidency would do to the country. While that approach might work on some conservative voters, it will not work on all of them. In many ways and over a long period of time, John McCain has become 'damaged goods' with conservatives in the GOP.
Personally, I respect the service that John McCain gave to this country during the Vietnam War - but I could never cast my vote for him as President of the United States. There are just too many inconsistency's with John McCain the politician and with John McCain the man. His stands on some issues seem to come right out of a liberal play book when it comes to immigration reform and tax cuts, while on other issues like abortion he is as conservative as they come. Also, there is that long known about McCain temper that could trip up his march to the White House as some members of the democratic party will be pulling out all the stops to push that side of his personality out of the darkness and into the light of the campaign.
What really bothers me the most about John McCain is the friends he chooses to align himself with in Washington. Most notable on that list of people is Edward Kennedy who is most certainly the most liberal member of the United States Senate.While it might not be fair to judge John McCain based on the people he chooses to associate himself with, it is fair to judge his actions in the US Senate when he hooks up with Senator Kennedy to pass an immigration reform bill without most Americans even knowing or understanding what they are up to. Right now, McCain may be tied with the Democrats in national polls - but if Senator McCain cannot get conservatives to turn out in large numbers for him in November. Then his candidacy will mirror that of Bob Dole who lost badly to Bill Clinton.
Read more about John McCain:
McCain Trust Factor, Big Problem In General Election?
McCain Will Lose To Obama Because of Voting Record
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John McCain Wins Without Rush Limbaugh Support
John McCain Lead, Real Or Just Mainstream Media Driven?
March 05, 2008 Archives