Heh…get it? McStaken…mistaken…
Okay, never mind. Let’s move on.
John McCain probably thinks that he is getting the Republican nomination for president (barring a serious miracle for The Huck) because a majority of Republicans have decided he’s the man for the job. Not so fast, Johnny Boy. Polls have shown that Republicans are staying home during the primaries. In many states, Democratic voters are outnumbering Republican voters by roughly 2-to-1.
Conservative Republicans have shot themselves in the feet by backing three separate candidates (The Huck, Romney, and to a lesser extent, Thompson) while Ron Paul picked up the kooks. The so-called moderate (I prefer the term “borderline libs”) wing of the Republican party had one option: McCain (Giuliani had too many question marks). They have stuck with him throughout, while conservatives have flip-flopped all over the place. So McCain took the majorities while Romney and The Huck competed for the same votes.
If you think for one second that the actual majority of the Republican party is behind McCain, then you’re dead wrong. McCain is a compromising, self-serving moderate with the personality of a viper. The man is constantly on edge, and it’s just a matter of time before he explodes.
So why were many conservatives staying home? They didn’t feel that any of the candidates offered were true conservatives. Romney has flip-flopped on the abortion issue; a majority problem for conservatives, as you well know. The Huck has been soft on illegal immigration. Thompson reminded us more of the cute, almost-senile grandfather who needed to be constantly reminded of where he was. Ron Paul is certifiably insane. Giuliani was even less of a conservative than McCain.
So conservatives didn’t feel that they had a candidate. Now, I’m of the opinion that they should have all come out and voted for Huckabee, but Rush Limbaugh did a pretty good job of dissuading people from rallying behind him. Remember, that’s a 20,000,000-person audience.
Conservatives, remember this: if you stay home during the general election, you can either have a Hillary or Obama in the White House, or a John McCain, who will at least be a little bit better.
You want to throw America down the tubes? Be my guest.