The people who are suggesting McCain would be a viable candidate for the GOP always say things such as, "Well, he's conservative at his core, he just disagrees with some fringe issues of the party," or, "It was only CFR that turned us sour on him, let's give him a chance to redeem himself." Better yet, a lot of folks are looking at polls showing him beating Hillary and concluding we need a sure winner so the GOP can hold the White House.Aleks311 commented:
Unfortunately, if we vote to make John McCain our nominee come '08, it will be one of the biggest mistakes we've made since the whole Bob Dole thing.
If McCain got the nomination the GOP will be in a position to reclaim the center, above all the old Perot base, which is the true prize of the American electorate. Not only will the GOP be able to win elections, but it will actually be able to govern too and the left will be marginalized indefinitely.My position is that it's not the center that wins elections. I don't know why politicians, and individuals, keep thinking that moving to the center helps win elections. Look at the state by state results and you can see that strong conservatives did overall better than moderates, or liberals (with exceptions).
The fact is that this past election there was a strong grassroots movement on the right who came out and voted as a result of issues like gay marriage, abortion, and judicial tyrany. While I realize that many may not like the idea of the right being so influential, and many would demonize solid right wing ideals as fring or extreem, this is where elections are won.
Why do you all think individuals like Dr. Dobson, and other faith-based organizations are doing so well? It certainly is not because they are well funded by a few wacko right-wing nut cases. No: They have a strong, large, middle-of-America conservative constituency that is quickly mobilized and that votes according to their values.If Republicans want to continue winning elections, they need to get solid originalist judges on the bench, control spending, and reduce government. Stay on the right. This country is conservative by a strong majority.