Friday, November 25, 2005

More On McCain

Over at TPMCafe, Nathan Newman elaborates on my view on McCain and the GOP agenda:
Dems need more than scandal; they need to take down the whole GOP agenda and make it clear that folks like McCain, despite his media image, is ultimately down with the whole conservative policy agenda.
The Nation article that Nathan links to has several pieces of important information on McCain (my emphasis):
Before the event he had endorsed teaching "intelligent design" alongside evolution in public schools, and he had expressed support for a rigid state ban on gay marriage that denies government benefits to any unmarried couple. After brief opening remarks, McCain took questions for more than two hours, referring to Reagan as "my hero," invoking the support of other conservatives on issues such as stem-cell research and immigration, and strenuously defending President Bush's Iraq policy.

...After the antitax Club for Growth began running ads against McCain in New Hampshire, a state he won in 2000, he reversed positions and supported a procedural repeal of the estate tax. He has endorsed conservative Republican Ken Blackwell for Ohio governor. At the suggestion of conservative activist and longtime nemesis Grover Norquist, he campaigned for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's failed referendum initiatives in California, particularly the "paycheck protection" provision targeting unions' political activities.

...In late September, as Bush's presidency tailspinned, McCain headlined a dinner of conservative intellectuals sponsored by The American Spectator magazine. "Campaigning with George W. Bush was one of the proudest moments of my life," McCain declared.

...McCain has signed a "No Pork Pledge," fought against wasteful bridges in Alaska and urged deep cuts to nondefense and non-homeland-security-related spending--cuts that Democratic Senate minority leader Harry Reid dubs "immoral." At a recent appearance before the ultraconservative Heritage Foundation, McCain described himself as a "Barry Goldwater Republican" who "revere[s] Ronald Reagan and his stand of limited government."
A McCain presidency isn't likely to protect women's rights, workers rights, or the increasing number of Americans in poverty. Nor would a McCain presidency have good ideas to ensure the protection of Social Security or health care.

Democrats would do themselves good if they challenged McCain's positions instead of those of the hard-right. Although I don't think McCain's positions are dangerous for America (he seems to be a real fiscal conservative), I think that his positions are bad for America. He's a conservative with positions that are not in-line with those of most Americans. The hard-right has already lost. It's time Democrats start challenging the "moderate" wing of the Republican Party because it's much further to the right--and less compassionate--then the Republican Party of thirty years ago. The Republican agenda is not an agenda that Americans care for--and this includes McCain's agenda.

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