Sen. McCain's Ongoing Olive Branch
If you honestly listen, you might be surprised
By Adam C Posted in 2008 — Comments (138) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
A number of conservative pundits and bloggers who aren't busy leaving the Party have asked/demanded that Sen. McCain make overtures to conservatives to help unite the Party. I think this is good advice and it has been made by supporters as well as antagonists of the Senator.
What has been missed in this often-repeated advice is that Senator McCain has been campaigning as a conservative on the vast majority of issues. Below the fold, the Senator's words:
John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench (website)....
Seven judges in 1973 took the issue of abortion on themselves to settle this issue for every American, in all fifty states. They assured us that by sheer judicial will and power, the question of a so-called right to abortion was settled' and that our society would now arrive at a shared consensus by virtue of their ruling.
They were wrong to make this assumption. Your presence in Washington today marching for Life proves just how wrong they were.
If I am fortunate enough to be elected as the next President of the United States, I pledge to you to be a loyal and unswerving friend of the right to life movement. The pro-life movement appeals to the best instincts within each and every one of us. In that regard, our pro-life cause will ultimately be successful. (March For Life remarks)
* Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
* Require 3/5th majority vote in Congress to raise taxes
* Keep Bush tax cuts on dividends and capital gains
* Ban internet taxes
* Ban new cell phone taxes
* Permanent Research and Development Tax Credit
And I won't waste the space putting the Senator's words on the War here as they are well known.
Finally, I will say that as someone who has seen the Senator campaign in NH and SC during the primary season, I think anyone who doesn't follow politics closely would find McCain to be a conservative. The Senator talks passionately about the problem of pork barrel corruption, special interests in Washington, and over-spending. He also talks passionately about the War, our troops, and the need to defeat Islamic Terrorism around the World. Although he did not speak about abortion as much, he was the only candidate (besides Paul) to send remarks to the March for Life and his abortion statements above are as pro-life as anything a Republican President has said in my lifetime. Finally, at rallies he talks about judges and says he wants "clones of Alito and Roberts."
The Senator should do more to make sure conservatives know that he is an ally. Hopefully, CPAC will give him that opportunity. But the Senator has already been extending an olive branch. Uniting the Party is primarily the Senator's job, but conservatives have to honestly listen and give him a chance. Otherwise, there is no reason to reach out in the first place.