McCain Express to Nowhere?
I have two problems with Rick Perlstein’s “All Aboard the McCain Express” [April 21]. First, there is no guarantee that the conservative era is over. It is entirely possible that John McCain will win in November. Second, George W. Bush has not been conservative in the least; he’s been the head of a right-wing reactionary movement. McCain was perhaps conservative for a while, but he has abandoned his positions for the reactionary ones championed by Bush.
I may be a dumb trucker, but here’s my opinion: I hope John McCain will not be our next President. The trigger-happy McCain solution to our problems is to move us closer to being the world’s policeman. He would divert money from healthcare, education and the environment to an expanded military. McCain, the 100-year-war monger, is as much a threat to our freedom as Bush/Cheney.
St. Charles, Mo.
As a social and fiscal conservative, I will not vote for John McCain. He fails the good-guy test. Only Obama passes the good-guy test–before we get to political questions. I am the polar opposite of Obama, but if McCain says or does whatever works to his political advantage, I cannot support him. I have not voted for a Democrat since I was 18, but I am closer than I have ever been.
Y’all are missing the point about McCain, the Panamanchurian candidate. He is the GOP sacrificial lamb in 2008. Like Bob Dole in 1996, the GOP is throwing him under the bus. So what’s a true, non-neocon Republican to do? Support RINO McCain? No–he has so much baggage he’ll be torpedoed. Support Dr. Paul, the true conservative? Sure; that would give the Democrats a run for their money. But they won’t. Go third party? Why not? It would be a strong message to the GOP. No matter how it is sliced, the GOP is royally screwed.
Some Very Cross Words
As a longtime reader of The Nation, I was shocked, appalled, horrified when I got my May 5 issue and sat down to read it, then solve Frank Lewis’s puzzle, as I do with every issue. No puzzle!! Biweekly? Biweekly!!! Not enough. Bring it back weekly. I am bereft without it.
OMG! What happened to the puzzle? It’s my reason for getting up in the morning.