Larry Elder

Why do so many Republicans pound the table and shout, "I'd rather vote for a Democrat than the 'insufficiently conservative' John McCain!"?

Are these the same Republicans who cheerfully voted for then-Gov. George W. Bush in 2000? Ronald Reagan, in 1980, campaigned to shut down the Department of Education. Bush, however, promised to be "the education president" -- and then delivered by expanding the federal government's role in education with No Child Left Behind.

Bush promised a prescription-benefits bill for seniors -- and then delivered the largest expansion of Medicare since the program began. Bush promised -- and delivered -- increased taxpayer funds for faith-based initiatives.

Are these the same Republicans who, pre-9/11, empathized with President Bush as he agonized over his decision to use federal funds for research on pre-existing embryonic stem cell lines? Federal funds! Are these the same limited-government Republicans who, post-9/11, sided with Bush when he expanded the Cabinet with the Department of Homeland Security -- demonstrating the Washington, D.C., axiom that another bureaucracy cures inefficient bureaucracy?

Are these the same principled states' rights Republicans who applauded when Congress big-footed its way into Florida's Terri Schiavo case? And how many conservative pundits still cheer when President Bush -- as he does often -- promises to use American power not merely for self-defense against Islamofascism, but to promote "the spread of liberty" throughout the world?

But McCain, why, he just tears it!

Yes, Sen. John McCain voted against the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts. Yes, McCain, like Al Gore, considers global warming a clear and present danger. He opposes drilling in ANWR, and co-sponsored the idiotic, First Amendment-trashing McCain-Feingold bill.

He opposes waterboarding, even in so-called ticking time-bomb cases, and saddled up with Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., to pass so-called fuel efficiency standards. And, most notoriously for many Republicans, McCain teamed up with Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., to pass comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship for illegals.

But aren't these I-can't-pull-the-lever-for-McCain Republicans the same people who purport to care about A) the war in Iraq, B) the economy, and C) the Supreme Court?

Larry Elder

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