I *Will* Vote For John McCain - But I Will Be Under No Illusions About It
By Martin A. Knight Posted in 2008 Presidential Campaign | Archived | bipartisanship | McCain — Comments (46) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
I will, without hesitation, pull the lever for John McCain if he happens to be the man whose name is at the top of the ticket. It's not even a close contest - he is head and shoulders above Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and it would be irresponsible to do otherwise with troops on the field.
However I am not going to lie to myself and say that I voted Republican for President; I would be perfectly aware that I had just voted "Bipartisan" as opposed to "Democrat". I'm not going to be deluded enough to think the McCain White House would be anything other than the high altar to compromise and accommodation - the "New Tone™" with a surfeit of testosterone.
Let me be clear; I am not going to lie to myself and say that I expect to see the borders secured before any form of legalization for illegal immigrants already in (and heading into) the country would begin. If Ted Kennedy demands the opposite and a bill gets to President John McCain's desk, it is getting signed in grand ceremony with the President lauding it as a great achievement.
I am not going to lie to myself and say I expect to see John McCain insist on a tax cut over the objections of his friends on the other side of the aisle if it would risk open confrontation. And much as I hate to admit it, voting for a nominee and actually nominating him/her are two different things; I simply do not see McCain, after the past seven years, after his pursuit of every opportunity to mavericate and stand with the Democrats, nominating anyone that would inordinately upset Chuck Schumer or Ted Kennedy - he would seek to find a "consensus" nominee.
I have no illusions that John McCain would not issue Executive Orders and sign legislation that would impose new restrictions on the use and production of energy in a bid to combat the ethereal threat of global warming. I do not doubt that even more restrictions on political speech would make their way into law as McCain seeks to close the many "loopholes" in McCain-Feingold.
I have no doubt whatsoever that Mitch McConnell and John Boehner would hear of legislation being supported by the McCain White House long after it has been hashed out and strategized with Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer. Note that I do not doubt that McCain would veto pork-laden bills - that is - unless it is part of a grander "bipartisan" compromise.
When I vote for McCain, I would do so knowing that the two dozen men and women who man the editorial pages of the New York Times and Washington Post would have more influence and be taken more seriously than the entirety of the Republican base by the McCain White House.
But, like I have said; I will vote for McCain over any Democrat without any hesitation. I trust McCain to be a strong Commander in Chief and the least likely to need training wheels from the get-go.
I'm just not fooling myself into thinking I will be voting for a functionally Republican White House.