The truth about the phony “conservative” whom NR is just itching to endorse
Must listening and reading. First (also linked in my exchange with a reader about McCain) is Mark Levin’s interview with former Sen. Rick Santorum, who describes Sen. McCain’s career in the Senate with a frankness that I have never in my life heard from one senator speaking about another. Santorum shows the real McCain, the McCain who didn’t just oppose conservatives in the Senate on one domestic issue after another, but who repeatedly “led the charge on the other side,” constantly weakening the conservative agenda—the McCain who in spring 2007, in closed-door meetings, called his fellow Republican senators xenophobes and racists for opposing the most radical and insane bill in U.S. history, McCain-Bush Comprehensive National Suicide Act. (And remember, this is the McCain whom the editors of NR are just an inch away from endorsing for the presidency, as I discussed here.) The interview is 10 or 15 minutes long. You may want listen to it twice, there is so much in it.
Hugh Hewitt has his own interview with Santorum about McCain, and transcribes parts of it. On the immigration issue, it is even more powerful than the Levin interview:
HH: … Do you believe [McCain has] sincerely changed on the immigration bill to where he understands the message that was delivered last summer?And on McCain’s ideology generally:
HH: Why can’t John McCain win this election?Hewitt also interviews Michael Gerson about McCain. But Gerson is of course an open borders fanatic, just like McCain, and also, just like McCain, sees all opponents of open borders as bigots, so naturally he is much easier on McCain than Santorum is.
After the main post are many comments. Hewitt has a very strange blog. It consists mostly of commenters who don’t just disagree with him but who despise him, think he’s a phony and a maniac, and undercut everything he stands for. I’ve never seen anything like it. What purpose does he think he serves by hosting commenters who endlessly trash him?
David B. writes:
During the 1996 GOP Convention, it was remarked that if Bob Dole was elected, he would “stick it to conservatives every chance he got.” While Dole did not win, George W. Bush won in 2000 and has done exactly that and more. Now, to say that McCain would “stick it to conservatives” is the understatement of all time. McCain would be far worse in this respect as President than he has been as a Senator. As a prospective candidate, McCain has (sometimes) been forced to pay lip service to the GOP base. Once in the Oval Office, he would feel no such constraints. This is the character that NR wants to endorse.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 13, 2008 01:55 AM | Send