All the teeth gnashing over McCain

Mike Gallagher

2/6/2008 1:21:55 PM - Mike Gallagher
Boy, have I been getting walloped these days.  The McCain haters are angry that the "maverick" senator from Arizona is about to become the GOP nominee.

And I can't blame them.

John McCain has created all kinds of heartburn for those of us who have been appalled at his "gang of 14", his past unwillingness to want to seal the border and crack down on illegal immigration, as well as a host of other issues that don't sit well with "movement conservatives."

But last week, I came to the conclusion that it is positively pointless to attempt to sacrifice America and hand any votes over to Democrats because we don't think John McCain is conservative enough to be the next President of the United States.

A lot of my friends and colleagues are in a foul mood over John McCain's Super Tuesday success.  But what should REALLY fire them up is the possibility of a Democrat in the White House in 2009.  And I would respectfully suggest to the "I'll-never-vote-for-McCain" crowd that you are threatening to hand the November election over to the Democrats on a big, fat silver platter.

There are lots of reasons to complain about John McCain's record.   Trouble is, there's no shortage of flaws in Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee's track record, either.  If Gov. Romney is such a conservative, why did Human Events' editors name him one of the 10 biggest RINO's (Republican-in-name-only) in America just two years ago?  They say it was because of his once-stated belief that abortion should be safe and legal to every woman who wants one.  Go to their site, you can check it out yourself.

Wanna talk flaws?  How about Gov. Huckabee and illegal immigration?   Would you consider a man who once compared illegals to slaves brought here in chains from Africa a solid reflection of core conservatism?

We can play this game all day long.  We simply don't have another Ronald Reagan in the hunt.  But we DO have Republicans running for president, every one of whom is a pro-life, pro-family, pro-military individual. 

To say that John McCain is indistinguishable from Hillary or Obama is silly.  And untrue.

To promise to vote for a Democrat, or not vote at all, if we don't get the candidate we want is music to the Democrats' ears.  

And to threaten to "punish" America for nominating a GOP candidate like McCain by hoping that America elects a Democrat for president so that Democrats can take the blame is about as sophomoric as anything I've ever heard.   

If you want to throw a temper tantrum, yell at your dog or something.  Don't help Democrats try and destroy this country.

A successful war is being fought in Iraq.  Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land but the tide is turning.  Thanks to President Bush, the Supreme Court is starting to act like the majority of Americans.  Even smash Hollywood hits like "Juno" are offering a decidedly pro-life message.

While McCain/Feingold is important, isn't the sanctity of life even more so?  Isn't continuing the fight against terror crucial, too?

Swallowing some pride and supporting John McCain will be tough for many Republicans.  But like it or not, in the battle for the country, it's the right thing to do.

And I don't mind getting yelled at by some good people who call themselves conservatives.  I'll take a licking for the good of my country any time.....