Despite his shrinking candidacy, McCain is still the GOP's best...

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Pity poor John McCain. His dream of becoming the Republican nominee - no less, president of the United States - seems increasingly unlikely each month. Full Story
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Mr Reality

New York, NY

#1 Aug 15, 2007
LOL!

It's always amusing when the Left deigns to give advice to those of us on the Right as to what's best for our Party, and who best serves our interests!

Sorry, Professor Schaller...but we ain't buyin' your crapola.

We know why you like McCain...because he's not a conservative! You're vainly hoping that we'll overlook that small detail, and support his candidacy.

I have news for you...it ain't happenin'. John McCain is rightly viewed by conservatives as a self-aggrandizing sell-out to the conservative cause and to the Republican Party.

His McCain-Feingold is in conflict with the first ammendment...but naturally, you like it because Liberals don't really like Free Speech...they just like to pay lip-service to the idea.

McCain also sold-out the President and the Party by joining with other RINO-Republicans in refusing to fight the Democrats on the appointment of Judges. This is unforgivable. We noticed, and it will cost him.

But worst of all, his stance on immigration is an abomination...and he has paid a serious price for it. But, like all good Libs, you characterize this stance as "courageous"...meani ng it serves the purpose of Liberals.

The only way McCain would ever get my vote is in a contest between himself and Hillary Clinton. But, that will never happen because McCain's candidacy is dead-in-the-water, and rightfully so. And the Left (meaning you) is beginning to fear that a real Conservative may be nominated who could win the '08 election...because they know that their stance on the major issues of the day...the war, fighting terror...is out-of-synch with the American people.

So keep offering your goofy advice...it's fun to read.
flyingcow

Centreville, MD

#2 Aug 15, 2007
Professor Buncombe is at it again--with more fatuous commentary--McCain is a RINO and a loon--a perfect combination to run against the mentally ill on the Left.....
Great jobTom

Baltimore, MD

#4 Aug 15, 2007
Good work Tom. Don't let the nattering naybobs of negativism drag you down!!!!!!!!!!

They're party has blown it and they are desperate to silence people like you. They have to attack you because they're propaganda has worn so thin they have no choice but to turn up the volume.

Let them prattle on. I doubt anyone would pay a penny for the bunk they spew.
American

Springfield, MO

#5 Aug 15, 2007
Were not interested McCain, as you were not interested in us American citizens, but in the illegal criminal invaders you support. Maybe you need to switch parties?
Fred

Sacramento, CA

#6 Aug 15, 2007
Nobody trusts discredited leftist, political science professors (Schaller) who vote and preach liberal politics and then want to advise Republicans on who to nominate for president. McCain would have been more successful running for the democrat's nomination.

McCain wants open borders, curtails free speech during elections and is best friends with Ted Kennedy. He's a hot head who can't find a friend in congress, unless he's liberal.
Rockyspoon

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Aug 15, 2007
Please use "their" (the possessive)instead of "they're" (a contraction which means "they are"). Beyond that, McCain is the darling of the Left because that's truly the only candidate the Dems could hope to beat this next election. Unfortunately for them, it won't be McCain running!
Mark

Phoenix, AZ

#8 Aug 15, 2007
I am a rightwing conservative and I would be honored to vote for McCain for President. As an Arizonan I am fully confortable with his conservative credentials. McCain is a hawk, prolife and anti-spending. McCain's immigration plan added billions to securing our borders and he stuck to his principles regardless of the attacks from the nativists and Mexican haters within the Republican Party. McCain will not sacrifice his core beliefs just to win an election. Which other candidate can we say the same? Ronald Reagan loved McCain and Nancy is now actively supporting him - that should say it all!
left of Limbaugh

United States

#9 Aug 15, 2007
I agree with most of the criticism leveled at McCain but he is still the only Republican running with some character.
Dan

Aiea, HI

#10 Aug 15, 2007
An overdue bill for policy failures for the modern conservative movement????? Are you kidding?? The modern conservative movement gave us victory in the Cold War, the economic benefits of cutting taxes (twice), and the reforming of welfare, just to name a few in the last thirty years.
Mr_Michigan

AOL

#11 Aug 15, 2007
Well stated, Mr. Reality. You hit the nail right on the head and slam it where it belongs. Not only campaign finance (unconstitutional despite political rulings or USSC to contrary), and immigration, but on terrorists at Guantanamo and the such, he is wrong. And, he not only is wrong, he is arrogant all the while he is wrong. Furthermore, he blasted Don Rumseld for years when in my opinion, Rumsfeld's policies since 09-11 have been far better for America than McCain's. I agree with McCain and he's still so arrogant about it. Mike Chertoff on immigration and McCain on anything vie to see who can be the most arrogant person on our side of the aisle.
If McCain were our nominee he would never criticize Hillary...and if you won't criticize team Clinton, you will lose, every time.
Mr Reality wrote:
LOL!
It's always amusing when the Left deigns to give advice to those of us on the Right as to what's best for our Party, and who best serves our interests!
Sorry, Professor Schaller...but we ain't buyin' your crapola.
We know why you like McCain...because he's not a conservative! You're vainly hoping that we'll overlook that small detail, and support his candidacy.
I have news for you...it ain't happenin'. John McCain is rightly viewed by conservatives as a self-aggrandizing sell-out to the conservative cause and to the Republican Party.
His McCain-Feingold is in conflict with the first ammendment...but naturally, you like it because Liberals don't really like Free Speech...they just like to pay lip-service to the idea.
McCain also sold-out the President and the Party by joining with other RINO-Republicans in refusing to fight the Democrats on the appointment of Judges. This is unforgivable. We noticed, and it will cost him.
But worst of all, his stance on immigration is an abomination...and he has paid a serious price for it. But, like all good Libs, you characterize this stance as "courageous"...meani ng it serves the purpose of Liberals.
The only way McCain would ever get my vote is in a contest between himself and Hillary Clinton. But, that will never happen because McCain's candidacy is dead-in-the-water, and rightfully so. And the Left (meaning you) is beginning to fear that a real Conservative may be nominated who could win the '08 election...because they know that their stance on the major issues of the day...the war, fighting terror...is out-of-synch with the American people.
So keep offering your goofy advice...it's fun to read.
Independent Larry

Oceanside, CA

#12 Aug 15, 2007
I totally agree with the article. McCain is an honest man, a rarity in politics, and stands for something. You may not agree with him, but you can't dispute his character. And what this country needs is to be led by someone with character, and not one who is always testing the political wind and flip flopping when it seems politically expedient to do so. I'd vote for him.
Dubya Jay

United States

#13 Aug 15, 2007
Ican't believe I just read what you believe is acutally true. John Mccain is to be respected and cherished as a wonderful american and as a outstanding public servant for both his military as well as his efforts in the Senate.
Disregarding any difference on what an individual
might have with his opinion to say with a straight face that he represent the best candidate
for the GOP sounds more like a dream of a scared
Democrat who cant yet believe this country elected GB twice.
Try again to think with your head instead of your voter registration card...
A leader who can command the respect of all americans who has a demostratable track record of accomplishments and can effective represen the views and values of all americans will be elected.
piners

Mount Airy, MD

#14 Aug 15, 2007
He's a man of principle! The only one in the race who will stand by his beliefs. That makes him unelectable.
Get a Clue

Durango, CO

#15 Aug 15, 2007
Written by a True Liberal/Socialist/Progressive Democrat

This story shows how truly out of touch the liberal/socialist/progressive Democrat political science instructors are. The author has no clue about what Republican primary voters care about, and no clue about the real reason why independents fled from Republicans in the 2006 election.
Republicans abandoned their principles and ideals, and the administration, while defending its position in Iraq did not do enough to prevail there. Americans supported the invasion of Iraq by 70%-30%. The middle that abandoned the endeavor did so because we were not fighting to win, rather fighting not to lose, which is always a poor military strategy.

Success will bring them back into the fold; they no more belong to the radical anti-war left today than they did the the "neocon" warhawks in 2003. That's why Democrats WANT the US to lose and pray for our failure, quite disturbing if you ask me and the middle electorate at the end of the day (in 2008).

McCain's problem is not that he has had disagreements with conservatives and Republicans in the past, it is that he relished too much rubbing their noses in those disagreements. It is too much to ask them to support him given his penchant for dissing them. He opposed making the Bush tax cuts permanent. He participated in holding up some of the conservative Bush judicial nominations. He played into the George Soros 527/big labor, communist Common Cause campaign finance reform that instantly gave liberal/socialist/progressives the edge in political fundraising.

While I deeply admire his service to this nation, votes on many core conservative issues and his steady support for America's military success in advancing our geo-political goals where diplomacy alone is insufficient, he gave too much away to our political opposition to warrant his leadership of this party, or this nation (unless, of course he is our nominee and faces anyone in the Democratic field, save for Bill Richardson).

Schaller simply doesn't understand the conservative mindset to write his analysis of a Republican candidate through the prism of his own liberal/socialist/progressive Democrat world view.
Cock Goblin

Visalia, CA

#17 Aug 15, 2007
Mr. Schaller obviously spends more time in his ivory tower than with rank and file Republicans. McCain is an apostate who brought us McCain-Feingold and tried to perpetrate amensty for illegals with that drunk who should be in the clink for manslaughter, Ted Kennedy. Such is not a strategy for winning GOP hearts and minds. True, McCain's been steadfast on the war. But that alone will not win him the nomination.
Realist

United States

#18 Aug 15, 2007
McCain was a media darling because the Major Media are all Democrats. McCain is a RINO - Republican In Name Only. If you think he's the GOP's best bet, you are either 1) a Democrat, or 2) on drugs.
Nathan

Melbourne, Australia

#19 Aug 16, 2007
I would argue that Romney or Huckabee represent the best chance for Republicans. Both have Executive experience, are very likeable, and in Romney's case, he's a Blue State Republican. Huckabee has runs on the board for healthcare, as does Romney, and both can seem to claim a "uniter" label over the inevitable Clinton/Richardson candidacy. They are both Washington outsiders, and have personal achievements (Romney was a succesful businessman who managed effectively the 2002 Winter Olympics, Huckabee lost large amounts of weight to re-invent himself), that Americans can identify with. McCain has shown himself to be over the hill politically, a bigger flip-flopper than Romney, and frankly the question has to be asked, does he have the drive to still be President in 2016?
Yawn

Baltimore, MD

#20 Aug 16, 2007
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more hateful right-wing horsefeathers. If you could put your ideas down with disrespectful insults some of these posts might be worth reading.

Most posts here are just the angry, spittle spewing rants of small rabid dogs.
yawn

Baltimore, MD

#22 Aug 16, 2007
BTW is this all the hate you D-o-u-c-h-e-b-a-g-s can muster? Pshhhhhh what a bunch of neo-con wimps.

If it is, your a pretty lousy bunch of ratpublicans. Most ratpublicans are far better at insults and intimidation than you feeble-minded weaklings.

Come on now, there is a whole pack of ya, can't you do better? Hell you got 10-1 odds what do ya need?

You are mere pikers, not worthy of the moniker true conservative.

They might take away your memberships if you don't shape up.

Now try again one more time, this time with a little more vitriol like you have your hands around Schaller's neck. Let's see some real acrimony for Pete's sake.

I believe in you folks, you can do it! Come on show me how much hate you have in your belly for anyone who would disagree with the omnipotent GOP.

I'm counting on you to turn us into a one party country like Rove et.al. dreamed about, you'll never get us there at this pace.

You couldn't even scare or intimidate an old lady at this pathetic intensity level.

Time to step it up!
Lilly NJ

AOL

#23 Aug 16, 2007
yawn wrote:
You couldn't even scare or intimidate an old lady
I don't like some of the comments either, but you are doing the same. You neither have class nor could you scare anyone. Leave your hypocrisy at the door.

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