John McCain is a conservative hack.
He’s probably one of the few conservative hacks with some integrity left, but his “maverick” reputation is sorely overblown.
It seems to have more to do with his willingness to actually talk to reporters while not reading from a teleprompter than with his voting record.
So why are the wingnuts so unhappy with him? According to Brendan, who is strong-willed enough to subject himself to right-wing talk radio, Glenn Beck went into full meltdown mode today.
Kojo Nnamdi promised to explore that question on his show today. From the website:
John McCain is public enemy number one to many conservative talk show hosts, who’ve been criticizing his presidential bid with growing intensity in recent weeks. While many of these hosts have audiences in the millions, McCain’s aides say they don’t expect the attacks to hurt them much at the polls. We look at the rift between talk radio and the senator from Arizona, and the role it’s playing in the Republican primary.
So I devoted 32 minutes of my evening to listening to that segment (Realplayer), and, when it was done, I had had a few chuckles and was 32 minutes older.
But there were no answers to the question of “Why is the Republican Party determined to devour its young (or, in McCain’s case, its old)?”
I do have a few stray thoughts, but they are not well-formed enough to stand on their own.
Perhaps it is that he opposes torture, the wingnuts’ Viagra;
or that he can see that illegal immigrants, in addition to being illegal, are also human beings (Oh! I forgot! He sold out on that one. Hack.);
or that he thinks candidates should not necessarily be for sale to the highest bidder (whereas it is a principle of wingnutism that everything is for sale to the highest bidder).
It seems clear that, of the candidates for the Republican nomination, McCain is the one who has the best chance of winning the general election.
He’s a conservative hack, but he’s not an empty suit.
Let’s hope the wingnuts have their way, he loses the nomination, and, for the good of the nation, the Republican Party disappears from political discourse so that the nation can redeem its virtue and save itself from both moral and financial bankruptcy