09 February 2008

Why McCain has won

Conservatives who are complaining about John McCain's takeover of the Republican Party have only themselves to blame.

First, this was not exactly an inspiring lot. Thompson never seems to have woken up, although I did like his attempt to slow down the process which had already started a year ago. Huckabee sounds like a preacher, which is not a problem if you're a preacher. It is not how I or most other people want their president to sound. Romney, an able manager, never came off as a leader. Giuliani comes off as a leader but has so much baggage.

I can't find it, but I heard a reference made by one of the talking heads on TV to a conservative columnist who had written "do we actually have to elect one of these guys?"

Second, it has been noted all week that while the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham have suddenly become fans of Mitt Romney, they came late to the party, only really concerned about stopping McCain. In truth Romney became the conservative not of choice, but of default. The public voted everyone else out, except Huckabee, whom most have found not to their taste. (I suspect it has to do with his wearing his religion on his sleeve. It could just be that Americans have had quite enough of the denizens of the Arkansas governor's mansion...)

Hence, as Time magazine points out, James Dobson endorses Huckabee -a man with whom he should share much - only after it is down to Huckabee or McCain.

So only after Fred and Rudy and Mitt have dropped out, and McCain has all but mathematically sealed the GOP nomination, does Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson come out and endorse Mike Huckabee as "our best remaining choice for President of the United States," now that it can't possibly make a difference. Given how this season has unfolded, there is something beautifully appropriate about that.
This not only shows that Dobson has lost any claim to being a serious player in politics, not that I'm sure he ever should've been, but it also shows that his personal animosity toward John McCain is more important to him than the policy issues he claims concerning him.

As the Wall Street Journal points out, McCain has promised to appoint strict constructionist judges. Dobson says he will not vote for McCain; he would rather stay home and not vote at all.

If he contributes, thereby, to the election of Clinton or Obama, and they appoint liberal judges who again uphold in Roe V. Wade, we will have, in part, Dobson to blame.

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