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Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Maverick Relies on Party Loyalty

I'll provide analysis of McCain's poor general election chances in a separate post, but wanted to make this initial comment.

Right Wing Nut House has this excellent (parody) of McCain's speech at CPAC today:

SPEECH FOR THE CONSERVATIVE RABBLE AT CPAC===

My fellow conservatives. (Duck)

My thanks for that warm greeting. I was unaware that the salad portion of the meal would be delivered in such a unique manner although someone should talk to the chef about the freshness of the produce in his kitchen.

I would like to thank all of you for your generous support of my campaign. (Hit the dirt.) For those of you who may not see eye to eye with me on an issue or two, allow me to explain why you are wrong and I am right.

I am always right. It doesn’t really matter why, although I could bring up my many years of experience and the fact that the New York Times agrees with me so often. What matters is that you forget about all the differences we’ve had and simply go to the polls next November and vote for me. (Try not to sneer.)
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Of course, there are varying degrees of conservatism. I’m from the “Maverick Conservative” wing of the party. This is the wing of conservatism that believes anything the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the news nets will praise me for is probably conservative enough. If it’s not, tough. If you think I’m going to change my position on an issue and get the media upset with me, you’re dreaming.

The Maverick Conservative wing of the party – both of us – want to be clear that we support many of the same issues that you “movement” conservatives support. All we ask is that you ignore us when we thumb our noses at you. You can’t expect us to maintain our status as “Mavericks” with the media without deliberately undercutting your agenda while hinting what barbarians you truly are. Therefore, I ask that you simply accept us for who we are.

And calling us “self aggrandizing media whores who care more for pleasing our liberal friends than in working to enact conservative legislation” may be accurate but please – keep it to yourselves.

We can do great things together – as long as you just shut up and vote for me. After all, if it’s between me and Hillary, are you really going to let the Democrats win in November by staying at home? (Try not to look too smug.) And let me remind you. As the man who has single handedly turned the Iraq War around by my invention of “The Surge,” electing a Democrat will probably mean bringing our troops home too quickly and leaving Iraq in the lurch.

I also saw this comment at NRO's Corner:
My wife and I both have decided to become “maverick” voters. We’re voting Republican for House and Senate but abstaining from voting for President.
Which points to the following:

McCain, the MaverickTM, has eschewed party loyalty on many issues and has received much praise from the MSM for doing so. Now, The MaverickTM and his supporters expect party loyalty to deliver him to the White House.

And I made this comparison to (fellow conspirator) Brian the other day... I like McCain''s biography, his position on many issues, etc. I am closer to McCain on creating a legal guest worker program than the base of my party.

However, political parties are like football teams and the problem with McCain is that he is the Terrell Owens of the Republican Party.

More often than not, you'll catch McCain in a pre-game press conference or in the locker-room after the game, attacking not the other team, but his fellow teammates and coach.

It's great press and generates a lot of drama, but you shouldn't be too surprised when the offensive line doesn't block for the guy in the big game.

Michelle Malkin is covering CPAC here.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler