I do not agree with John McCain on everything but as a war hero he deserves better from the likes of Rush Limbaugh. What is Rush Limbaugh's war record? Has he put his life on the line for the US? The man is not God. Limbaugh is not always correct. In actual fact I have yet to meet the perfect conservative.
I know conservatives were angry when McCain opposed the Bush Tax cuts. And I can understand why. However they forget that he linked his opposition to the deficit. As far as I am aware true conservatives support a balanced budget. Borrowing is deferred taxation.
Bob Dole has taken Limbaugh to task for his attacks on McCain.
Dole got more votes than Rush Limbaugh will ever get. Much of what Dole states re McCain is fundamentally sound. He supports a balanced budget. He supports a strong national security. He will appoint conservative judges. These are all good conservative issues.
Much of the debate on GOP forums has degenerated into a discussion on right wing ideological purity. I agree that a candidate must have some fundamental beliefs to guide him/her. Incidentally there are varying shades of conservatism. A broadly conservative approach is the correct one.
However 95% of the electorate has little interest in ideological purity. Such voters are concerned with the problems of day to day living-inflation, mortgages, education, health care and employment.
Voters will elect the candidate who in their opinion addresses these issues best.
The British Conservative Party tore itself asunder on ideology and has lost the last three general elections. Opposition is a lonely place. You can rave and rant all you like but you must control the levers of power to achieve your goals. Even the British Conservative Party now realises this.
If Hillary is elected President the liklihood is that she will be re-elected in four years time. The same applies to Obama.The Clintons know how to keep a grip on power.
We will have the appalling vista- A Democratic President and a Democratic Congress.
Even Conservatives who have misgivings about McCain should realise that half a loaf is better than no bread. They have some prospect of fulfilling their dreams under a McCain presidency. They have no prospects under a Clinton or Obama presidency.
To all Republicans I say unite or linger in the political wilderness for decades.
In the words of Benjamin Franklin " We must hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately"