I’ve had some people tell me that I ought to get behind McCain because it’s better to get some of what you believe than to lose all of what you believe. I understand the argument, after all, I’ve made that same argument in 2004… before that in 2000… and before that in 1996…. and before that in 1992. That’s at least four times in 16 years, and who knows, I probably made that same argument in congressional elections and God knows how many other times.
But this year is different, I’m supporting McCain by example (not by words) set forth by John McCain. I’m holding onto my values and I’m talking straight, and I’m being a maverick. Traits that John McCain ought to be proud of. How many times was he a maverick standing against Republicans? So you guys out there who think I’m a horrible Republican because I don’t support McCain, all I can say is that I am that I’m honoring John McCain by being a maverick, and you’d be a good Republican if you followed our party’s nominee’s by example by being a maverick and bucking the Party trend on issues that are important to John McCain, like the Presidency.
Tomorrow is Super Tuesday and the nomination will be all but over, and I don’t care, I’m done. It’s over, I did what I could to save my party. I believe we made a mistake and instead of moving our party a little to the left, we decided to move it a lot. I don’t believe we can win with McCain, I don’t believe he can beat Obama, I don’t believe he can beat Hillary, and even if he does, do we really want a President representing the Republican party any further to the left of Bush?
A Hillary president could very well deliver congress back to the Republicans, same with Obama, but McCain will do the things that Americans hate, and guess who’s fault it will be? And guess who the American people will blame? That’s right, the Republicans, and they’ll be right because we sacrificed our core convictions all to defeat one person.
I’ve got a little confession to make, that is that I don’t hate Hillary Clinton. I mean, I just don’t hate her, I don’t like her, but I don’t hate her. Hate is a strong word and I’m not going to hate somebody because I disagree with them politically. I might not like them as a person, but to hate them? Wouldn’t that make me a fanatic? I loathe her politics and the policies she’d institute, I believe that would be horrible for the country, I think she’d make for a terrible President, but that’s why I oppose her.
But hate is a much stronger word, hate is blinding, it’s self destructive, and it doesn’t lead to victory in the general election. If Hillary Clinton wins, I’ll oppose her when she’s wrong, but when she’s right, it’s good for her, it’s good for the country, it’s good for me, what’s not to like about the President doing a good job regardless of what party they are in? Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a Right Winger, and I want conservative policies enacted, if even done by a Democrat.
With McCain, Clinton, and Obama, we can only guess what kind of President we’d get, but at least with Hillary, we already know all the good and bad that comes with her, and for Republicans, that means a one term Presidency.
Looking at the top four candidates (Romney included), I’m ready to print out a Jindal for President/2012 T-shirt, and he hasn’t even accomplished anything yet. Jindal 2012… shoot, with these four candidates, Jindal/08 is looking better everyday.