Forgive them, Father, for the Far Right knows not what they do
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The Far Right’s navel-staring strategy for the election of the President of the United States of America strikes any objective observer as ignorant, if not stupid, and ultimately self-destructive. Although they say they want ‘one of their own’ in the White House, their actions indicate they want a Democrat and will do everything in their power to ensure that happens. By indulging themselves in the sheer fantasy of the Ultimate Far Right America they are handing over the Presidency on a silver platter. The Democrats must be chortling in their caucuses to observe such ridiculous behavior.
The ultimate case in point is their attacks on John McCain. Their over-riding claim is that John McCain is not a True Conservative. But look at the facts. The American Conservative Union (ACU) tracks all national legislators on every vote they make, judging how well our lawmakers toe the conservative line. They give John McCain a lifetime rating of 82.3. Thompson gets an 86, marginally higher, for a third of the time in office (8 years vs. 24 years). Duncan Hunter gets a 92. You think that proves the point? But wait! Clinton gets a 9, Edwards a 10, Obama an 8. That makes Edwards “more conservative” than Obama. To claim a 4% difference is significant is stretching truth beyond the breaking point.
Other conservative ‘tracing’ organizations give similar types of scores. The governors are not included, but let’s look anyway. NONE of them would receive a higher conservative rating than McCain. You DO know about Romney’s massive increases in taxes and fees in Massachusetts when he was governor, don’t you? And his support of gay marriage? And his ‘nationalized’ health care program which forces you to join and provides abortions for $50.00, plus a guaranteed statutory seat at the table for Planned Parenthood? Somehow I don’t think the ACU would give a very high score to Romney. How about pro-abortion, sanctuary city Rudy? Enough said. How about Huckabee? He may do better, but his tax and spend record in Arkansas is not what you would call Conservative, is it? Taxes rose faster than ever in Arkansas when he was governor. No high score there for him. And he wants a Constitutional Amendment to put God in the document, kind of an Americanized Sharia Law. Perhaps the Far Right would enjoy that, but that’s the real point.
No one else will. There's more to America than the far Right, which is a clear minority. No Far Right candidate who meets the litmus tests they impose will ever be elected President of these United States. That’s because the “White House is in the middle.” The middle consists of moderate Republicans, Independents, and right-leaning (and disaffected) Democrats. If you cannot get those groups to vote for you, you cannot win the White House. Prove otherwise; it’s never happened.
Reagan did this. Bush did it by the skin of his teeth. In the middle of it all Clinton sleazed into the White House against a victorious President on the strength of a ‘weakened economy,’ hardly a philosophical issue. And that’s what will happen again if the Republican Party yields to the shrill cries of the Far Right and nominates anybody but McCain.
The Far Right remains at the back of the class insofar as it understands the dynamics of winning the election. No body moves forward based on the weakest elements of its organization. It does so on its smartest and strongest. One hopes the Republican Party as a whole recognizes this and will pick McCain as their nominee. If the don't, they may as well prepare for a Democratic victory this Fall. And they'll have only themselves to blame.