NewsMax.com has an interview of Ann Coulter conducted by Phillip Brennan titled “Ann Coulter Vows to Stop ‘President McCain.”
In this interview Ann states: “McCain’s record is as bad and liberal as Hillary’s.” The American Conservative Union rates Senators McCain and Clinton’s 2006 legislative voting record 65 and 8 respectively. While I agree that Senator McCain leaves much to be desired when it comes to the conservative agenda, to equate McCain to Clinton’s liberalism is at best a stretch and at worst hysteric hyperbole.
Ann says, “And don’t tell me McCain is better on the war. Campaigning in front of Code Pink types, Hillary has repeatedly said she will hit terrorists hard, and hedged her bets (thereby losing votes) on whether she’d execute a quick pullout from Iraq.”
Is Ann actually praising Hillary?!! Ann, may I recommend a website to you? On this website you will find the following statement: Starting Phased Redeployment within Hillary’s First Days in Office. What is this website you ask? It is the Issues Section on the Hillary For President website!
Regardless of the military situation in Iraq, Hillary states on her website, “She would direct them to draw up a clear, viable plan to bring our troops home starting with the first 60 days of her Administration.”
Comparatively, on John McCain’s website we read, “A greater military commitment now is necessary if we are to achieve long-term success in Iraq.”
Sorry Ann, and despite your admonition “And don’t tell me McCain is better on the war,” it is clear that McCain is better on the war; he doesn’t want to “cut and run” from Iraq; Hillary does.
As to whether the GOP will lose its soul if it nominates McCain, Coulter replies, “Neither the Republican Party nor the nation will be likely to recover inasmuch as it will lead to an end to a takeover by Mexico and 30 years of Democratic rule.” Does she really believe this? Is she saying that the already turning tide within the conservative movement, the ever-growing disenchantment with the present-day conservative leaders will not result in a new conservative revolution? If she truly believes this she needs some new tea leaves.
Clearly, the GOP is in a shambles as is the conservative movement, but unlike we did after 1964 with Goldwater’s loss, I do not believe that it will take conservatives some 26 years to coalesce around a strong conservative candidate.
The advent of the Internet in general and blogs specifically will allow a strong grassroots movement to raise up and demand that the GOP start nominating and supporting true conservative candidates. That is already apparent with such organizations as TheVanguard.org (the sponsor of this blog) and the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA).
It is apparent from all the gnashing of teeth in the conservative movement that we are going to have to re-look our dependency on talk radio, conservative punditry, and Christian monolithic groups to do our bidding for us.
That’s what I will be writing about in the future.