I can’t go home ’til McCain wins


Having commandeered one of the HDTV receivers at a 5-Points bar, I’m running a tab on Yuenglings, trying to will McCain over the finish line in Florida.

Thirty-three percent of the vote in, and still neck-and-neck with that mannequin, Romney.

At least tonight will settle Rudy "Florida Strategy" Giuliani’s hash for good. Did you read that strong endorsement of McCain in The New York Times? Way brutal to our boy Rudy…

"…a narrow, obsessively secretive, vindictive man who saw no need to limit police power. Racial polarization was as much a legacy of his tenure as the rebirth of Times Square."

No more Hizzoner in his own country.

15 thoughts on “I can’t go home ’til McCain wins

  1. Lee Muller

    That’s a really narrow victory by McCain. He depends on independent voters to win, and does not have the support of the Republican base that he needs to win the general election.

  2. Karen McLeod

    Lee, In case you didn’t notice, Florida’s republican primary was closed to independents. He won. Narrow? Maybe. Certainly no more ‘narrow’ than Bush’s ‘win’ in 2000. It’s still a win.

  3. JJ

    From Michael Graham:
    Assuming there is no shocking revelation or health issue, the GOP nomination is over. Conservatives need to start practicing the phrase “Nominee presumptive John McCa…..”
    Sorry, I can’t say it. Not yet.
    But it’s true. When the campaign comes here to Massachusetts on February 5th, I’ll proudly cast my vote for any option on the GOP ballot other than You-Know-Who. But it will be a futile gesture. Mr. “1/3rd Of The GOP Primary Vote” is going to be the nominee.
    He’s going to win the big, left-leaning states on Tuesday. Huckabee will stay in and deny Romney a one-on-one contest for GOP voters that Captain Amnesty would almost certainly lose. The result: More wins for He Who Must Not Be Named, and fewer wins for Romney—regardless of delegate count.
    Florida has launched the one ship that Romney’s money and Rush Limbaugh cannot stop: The U.S.S. Inevitable. It’s gonna happen. Even if there were a realistic pathway to stop him, the media have seized control of the process now and are declaring him inevitable. He is, after all, the favorite son of the New York Times.
    So it is over. Finished. In November, we’ll be sending out our most liberal, least trustworthy candidate vs. to take on Hillary Clinton—perhaps not more liberal than Barack Obama, but certainly far less trustworthy.
    And the worst part for the Right is that McCain will have won the nomination while ignoring, insulting and, as of this weekend, shamelessly lying about conservatives and conservatism.
    You think he supported amnesty six months ago? You think he was squishy on tax cuts and judicial nominees before? Wait until he has the power to anger every conservative in America, and feel good about it.
    Every day, he dreams of a world filled with happy Democrats and insulted Republicans. And he is, thanks to Florida, the presidential nominee of the Republican party.
    And on that note, I’m off to climb into a bottle of Bushmill’s. It’s going to be a LONG nine months.

  4. dave faust

    True enough Karen. A win IS a win, however narrow the margin may have been.
    I still agree with Lee however that McCain does not have the support of the conservative base in the Republican Party. I believe he needs this conservative support above all else if he is to win in November, and that since he hasn’t got it now and isn’t likely to gain it, he hasn’t a chance in November. I also believe that the MSM knows this perfectly well, and that it is why McCain is their annointed, darling Republican candidate. They know full well that McCain is a nonstarter for president, and that his nomination will ruin the conservative movement for a generation. Starry eyed McCainiacs had better be careful what they wish for, they might get it. And “it” will be ruinous for America. David

  5. JJ

    ^^ Dead on.
    Brad, the personal attacks seem to be beneath the dignity of a news editor.

    WTH was I thinking?

  6. Lee Muller

    Anyone who didn’t vote in the Democrat primary could register to vote in the Republican primary. They don’t have to be part of the GOP base. We know they did, because television reporting interviewed these folks all week long about their leanings.
    Democrats want McCain because they know that like Dole, he alienated too much of the party base to win the general election.

  7. Brad Warthen

    What personal attacks? I didn’t say a thing! I was minding my own business, sitting there at the bar, wishing my man across the finish line.
    Wait — you mean the “mannequin” thing? I don’t know; it seemed like an apt description. He’s this well-groomed guy whose consultants keep dressing him in the latest ideological fashions, depending on what office he’s running for, or where he’s running.
    Seriously, I invite other feedback here. If I can’t use an occasional felicitous phrase, why blog? Isn’t it supposed to be a looser, more creative medium? I’m open to arguments to the contrary (in fact, I could make them myself). As you know, I’ve worked hard to strike just the right note with regard to civility while keeping the honest spontaneity that’s supposed to be a feature of blogs. I didn’t go looking for “mannequin;” it just popped into my head while I was thumbing my PDA there at the bar, so I thumbed it in without missing a beat.

  8. JJ

    And it seems a bit ironic that the public campaign you are on, and the barrels of ink you’re willing to spill to further it, would run afoul of McCain-Feingold wouldn’t it?
    But, scruples (and the law) be damned.
    BTW, I can’t wait to see the difference “you and others like you” are going to make in Washington.
    What a laugh!!

  9. Lee Muller

    The media likes McCain because the McCain-Feingold law makes media more influential in elections, and it pushes advertising dollars to the media. McCain made it illegal for private citizens to tell the truth about a candidate or sleazy bond issue, but the establishment can set up phony 503c foundations and all kinds of other fronts to buy ads and put out press releases.
    George Soros can give millions to Hillary Clinton’s campaign now, all legal. Just have the lawyers set up the navigation through the McCain loopholes.
    But if some group of private citizens sets up a web site to tell the truth about a candidate’s voting record and money trail, they are limited to spending $2,500 total, combined.

  10. bud

    McCain made it illegal for private citizens to tell the truth about a candidate or sleazy bond issue …
    The nerve of that McCain, making the truth illegal.
    Lee, people see you as a completely stupid idiot because of statements like that. By what twisted, warped logic could anything McCain did make telling the truth illegal? That would imply that it’s still legal to lie. (Maybe that’s why George W. Bush is not in jail).

  11. Lee Muller

    bud, I have no control over other people not keeping up with the news. Go back and read what McCain wanted to do, and the watered-down but still unConstitutional McCain-Feingold bill that he did get. He wanted to stop citizens and commentators from stating the facts about politicians, much less criticizing them, 30 days prior to an election.
    In SC, we have the Ethics Commission investigating a grassroots group for maybe spending $2,500 to defeat a school bond. Yet legislators who own PR firms are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to run campaigns without a peep from the “watchdogs”. School districts and other public entities spend tax dollars to lobby for more tax dollars. The laws protect corruption and punish reformers.

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