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The Competiveness of John McCain


 

Give him his due: This guy is very tenacious and is making this a very competitive race. If change is the ballot box issue, Obama wins. If doubt is, McCain wins. He is the only candidate in the entire Republican party who could make this presidential contest a close race. This blog has held this position throughout the primaries, even when Obama was being put through the ringer by Hillary Clinton. McCain appeals to independent voters. He is seen as being less partisan than most politicians in either party.  McCain may support most of President Bush’s policies, but he comes across as a different kind of Republican.

That said, the conservative movement is currently in big trouble in the United States. We are a long way from the “Morning in America” of Ronald Reagan, or the victorious “Contract with America” of Newt Gingrich. Congress is now in the hands of the Democrats, and the most conservative president in modern times is the least popular outgoing president in modern history. Still, to be fair, conservatives have made an important contribution to the American political dynamic in the past 40 years. The conservative mantra of balanced budgets, greater individual choice, controlled government spending, strong national security, and law and order have brought a balance to the political debate of the post-World War II period. And much of it was needed. But Just as American liberals eventually lost their course after dominating the political spectrum for over 40 years, so have conservatives.

The excesses after 9/11, the polarizing effect of attack-type politics, and the drifting away from conservative fiscal policies are illustrations that conservatives must rethink and regroup to remain relevant in future political debate. John McCain is the one conservative who can accomplish this. This is why I have argued from the beginning that McCain will bring change, though mostly for his party and not as much for his country. At least for now.

The conservative base does not like McCain because he has constantly challenged the social- and neo-conservative wings, and held to the more traditional fiscal and foreign policy conservative thought. Americans know McCain and are avoiding the temptation to place all of the current dissatisfaction with Bush at McCain’s doorstep. That is why the Arizona senator is so competitive. However, this does not mean that he is unbeatable and that Americans will choose doubt over change or the continuation of current policy over new. It simply means the Democrats have their work cut out for them. The Obama campaign in the last week is now responding to McCain’s agenda. And that is very risky.

McCain’s campaign seems to be taking the same approach Hillary Clinton took from March on. That is, be negative, define your opponent, and push popular policy initiatives (even if you held a contrary view just a short time ago). So far, it has worked with the Paris Hilton ad and offshore oil drilling. The Democrats will need to get back to the change agenda and the Obama campaign must aim for a crescendo at the convention to reintroduce its candidate. But it must be done in a way that will show him as a leader with values they share, offering new policies and possessing a strong leadership team that Americans can feel comfortable with and feel secure about.

This election has all the makings of a close finish, at least at the presidential level. Yet, this should not be if you gauge the current mood. However, McCain is ‘genetically’ a competitive person and Obama is new. The Illinois senator may still be leading in the polls, but his challenge is to avoid having the election focused only on him because that is the only way McCain has a chance to win. Let’s face it, McCain has had a good week.


 

The Competiveness of John McCain

  1. Interesting that McCain likes to ridicule and paint blondes as air head bimbos, when he is himself married to one who is extremely rich by all accounts. From news accounts he is even harsher to his own blonde wife, calling her “C**t” in public. Likewise he insulted Chelsea Clinton when she was just a teenager. Does the old man have no shame or has no one noticed that he has lost his marbles? He is a liar or has bad memory, perhaps both, frequently denying statements he had made before or his previous positions. He was against Bush tax cuts now he supports them, may be after good thrashing from his rich wife. He may start another war and then blame Obama for it.

  2. THIS IS BULLCRAP,,,THE MEDIA MAKES A PROFIT OFF CONTROVERSY.MCCAIN DOESNT EVEN HAVE 10 PERCENT OF THE SUPPORT OBAMA DOES IN THIS COUNTRY AND 3 PERCENT IN OTHERS.ONLY DIM WITTED AMERICANS FALL FOR SUCH BULLISH PROPAGANDA.THE RACE IS NOT CLOSE,IN A FEW WEEKS GIVE OR TAKE 2.OBAMA WILL HAVE BOUNCE IN THE POLLS AND WE WILL GO BACK IN FORTH BASHING OBAMA FOR AWHILE,THEN MCCAIN WHICH MAKES GOOD ENTERTAINMENT FOR SUCH A VIOLENT MINDED SOCIETY THAT THRIVES ON CHAOS AND CONTROVERSY.WHILE THE MEDIA EARNS THERE MILLIONS OFF THE READERS ONLY FOR OBAMA TO BOUNCE DRASTICALLY IN THERE SO CALLED POLLS(WHICH IS ABSURD TO USE BEING THEY NEVER ACCOUNT FOR EVEN HALF A POPULATION) A MONTH OR 2 WEEKS BEFORE ELECTED PRESIDENT.

  3. THIS IS BULLCRAP,,,THE MEDIA MAKES A PROFIT OFF CONTROVERSY.MCCAIN DOESNT EVEN HAVE 10 PERCENT OF THE SUPPORT OBAMA DOES IN THIS COUNTRY AND 3 PERCENT IN OTHERS.ONLY DIM WITTED AMERICANS FALL FOR SUCH BULLISH PROPAGANDA.THE RACE IS NOT CLOSE,IN A FEW WEEKS GIVE OR TAKE 2.OBAMA WILL HAVE BOUNCE IN THE POLLS AND WE WILL GO BACK IN FORTH BASHING OBAMA/mccain FOR AWHILE,THEN MCCAIN WHICH MAKES GOOD ENTERTAINMENT FOR SUCH A VIOLENT MINDED SOCIETY THAT THRIVES ON CHAOS AND CONTROVERSY.WHILE THE MEDIA EARNS THERE MILLIONS OFF THE READERS ONLY FOR OBAMA TO BOUNCE DRASTICALLY IN THERE SO CALLED POLLS(WHICH IS ABSURD TO USE BEING THEY NEVER ACCOUNT FOR EVEN HALF A POPULATION) A MONTH OR 2 WEEKS BEFORE ELECTED PRESIDENT.

  4. I bet more people have watched Paris Hilton’s response ad than McCain’s original.

  5. OMG, you make two strong cases to bring back capital punishment.

  6. I was confused by OMG’s first post because I have no idea what their point was but adding mccain in the second post cleared it all up.

    Mark I bet you are right. It’s silly season time and her video was much, much better than expected.

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