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November 10, 2008
Why the Republicans
Contrary to popular
belief, Barack Obama didn’t win a historic presidential election, the
Republicans lost one.
What do you expect
when the Republican candidate was the most liberal of the pack to run
during the presidential primaries? The choice the voters had during the
general election was to vote for a liberal or vote for a far-left-wing
liberal. There wasn’t a conservative Republican on the ballot for
Several years ago,
John McCain seriously considered switching parties. Isn’t that a clue
about his political leanings? He seriously considered being John Kerry’s
running mate in 2004, and his first choice for his vice-presidential
running mate was Joe Lieberman, a former Democrat who turned Independent
when he got screwed over by the Democratic National Committee.
And on top of all
that, during the primaries, where allowed, Democrats in droves switched
party affiliation to vote for McCain for two good reasons. First, they
knew McCain was the most liberal candidate who would bring divisiveness
within his party and help their man, Obama, or whoever their candidate
turned out to be. Second, with McCain’s nomination, they could live with
a Republican in name only, if by some miracle he was elected. Rush
Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos” attempted the same thing in reverse in an
attempt to deplete Obama’s campaign war chest. I think it’s time to end
the practice. Either you’re a Democrat or a Republican, but you can’t be
both during the primaries. Republicans are more than capable of
selecting the wrong candidate at the wrong time, thank you very much.
To make matters worse,
the New York Times endorsed McCain over the other Republican
contenders during the primaries. That’s another clue he’s a liberal. But
the minute he was nominated, the newspaper wouldn’t accept an editorial
column he wrote, despite having just published one by Obama – that’s
fair and balanced, NYT-style. Not surprisingly, the newspaper
later endorsed Obama for president.
How could McCain run
as a tax cutter when he voted against the Bush tax cuts twice,
saying they helped the rich out too much? How do you convince someone
you really are in favor of expanded domestic oil drilling when you still
oppose it in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? How do you convince
people you are a conservative when every successful piece of legislation
you’ve co-authored has the names of Kennedy, Lieberman or Feingold
attached to it? How do you convince your party members you’re a
conservative when you wanted to essentially grant amnesty to illegal
aliens under the guise of immigration reform? The correct answer is you
What McCain learned,
and the Republican National Committee must realize, is that if the
electorate wants to elect a liberal for high office, they’ll vote for a
Democrat, and not someone posing as one.
In its quest to be all
things to all people, the Republican Party lost its compass and instead
of turning right at the next intersection, it turned left.
In order to appease
the Republican base and make himself look more conservative, McCain made
a brilliant selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate. She energized
the base because she was a stunning contrast to him. She said and did
everything the conservative Republican masses wanted to hear and see.
Republicans win when
there is a conservative on the ballot. Take my home state of California
for example. Out of all of the ballot propositions, Californians voted
against gay marriage, additional state spending on “green” issues and
reduced prison terms for drug dealers.
I wonder which way
McCain would have voted for these issues. There is no question how Palin
would have voted, and that’s what made her so attractive to the
Republican base. Throughout her short political career, she has always
been guided by rock-solid conservatism, and she is the most popular
governor of any state.
The Republican Party
must have a strategic plan to win in 2012 and quit trying to be
something it’s not. Sticking to Reagan conservative principles will win
every time it’s tried.
Gregory D. Lee is a
nationally syndicated columnist for North Star Writers Group and can be
reached through his website: www.gregorydlee.com.
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