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McCain Is Too Decent By Half

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Senator John S. McCain apparently believes President Barack H. Obama has “done well” as president.


What can one say about this? It appears to be symptomatic of the same debilitating disease McCain suffered from during the election: a niceness and decency so pervasive that he couldn’t bring himself to say anything substantive about his opponent that might be construed as a negative or personal attack. That, and his erratic behavior such as suspending his campaign to ‘help’ with the financial crisis torpedoed any chance he might have had.

McCain does lay aside Gitmo and Iran, but is the wellness yardstick really measured by legislative success? If so, it proves the folly of nominating senators to the highest executive office in the land. Indeed, I would rate Obama’s legislative ‘successes’ to date as proof of his lack of performance. Exhibit One is the so-called “Stimulus Package” which is obviously doing no such thing as unemployment rises and the economy contracts.

And let’s not forget the budget behemoth, set to exceed all of President Bush’s deficits in one go. Or the defunding of our missile defense programs just as North Korea is testing missiles, nukes, and considering a test in Hawaii’s general direction. Then there would be the Cairo Policy, wherein muslims get a pass and Israel must toe the line, the only exception to the Obama Doctrine of Non-meddlement. Be sure to add in terrorists being read Miranda rights, former detainees exiled to Bermuda, others destined for the States. We’ve also nationalized two-thirds of the American auto industry, much of the financial services industry, we’re about to nationalize healthcare, and public education is in the sights as well. Or Cap & Trade, which will eviscerate the coal industry and cause all our heating and electric bills to skyrocket. I’ve not even touched on the regulations and other changes behind the scenes; one example will suffice: the FDA threat to regulate Cheerios as a drug. Then there’s Iran, where according to Obama we mustn’t even comment when a revolution against the sworn enemy of all Americans is brewing. This isn’t a record in five months of having ‘done well.’ This is a record of making Jimmy Carter look competent.

Which brings us back to McCain. In a sense, it’s understandable that he thinks Obama has done well. After all, the President doesn’t think there’s a difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi and so McCain apparently sees little difference between himself and Obama.

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June 22, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Apparently, Everyone Voted for McCain

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An interesting phenomenon has developed over the last few weeks. As I posted before the election, I know a surprising number of people who planned to vote for McCain. Obviously, that number was smaller than it seemed.

Now, even here in Massachusetts, McCain topped 30%, though he didn’t equal Bush’s performance of roughly 38% four years ago. I did speculate that my own informal survey was just that — informal.

Yet it continues. Against all expectations, people are still claiming to have voted for McCain — even at a dinner meeting to which I was privy where people had come from all over the country. An odd situation, reminding me of the New Yorker columnist Pauline Kael who wondered how Nixon could have won inasmuch as she knew no one who had voted for him. 

Yet, I have to assume that these people are telling the truth for who would lie about voting for McCain? It’s like Clinton’s popular vote after the 1992 election — he won after in the polls having lost it in the reality. Would that it were so with McCain in the reality of the election, but it was not so.

I don’t know what to make of this bizarre phenomenon. It must surely be a part of my unscientific poll, but it also tends to rub salt in the wound.

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December 29, 2008 at 11:17 pm

This Map Is a Lot Less Red than Last Time

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One of the more interesting bits of election analysis is to look at the results not at the state level, but the county level. It actually puts the lie to the notion that a ‘national’ poll means something. Behold:


A few things stand out to me:

McCain carried just one county in New England.

Obama made serious inroads into the Bush counties from 2004, but interestingly, almost all in a largely contiguous fashion. Obama took Kerry’s counties and added adjacent ones.

Florida and Ohio can be carried by targeting a relative handful of counties.

The 2004 map is here.

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November 19, 2008 at 4:56 pm

AT on McCain’s Loss

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A very good read over at the American Thinker on McCain’s loss. Key quote:

… McCain’s (and our) downfall: You can’t bring moderation to an ideology fight. An honorable, sincere moderate who is behind really hasn’t a chance against a cynical ideologue who is ahead. Obama simply dissembled at the debates, while McCain’s tongue-tied references to Ayers, ACORN, Khalidi, “most liberal senator,” etc., sounded unfairly abrupt, even desperate. Maybe they were? To the bitter end, McCain refrained from “bringing Jeremiah Wright into the campaign,” even though Hillary had…Why not? 

It wouldn’t have looked moderate enough. 

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November 5, 2008 at 11:53 am

McCain Concedes

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McCain is conceding as I type this.

The actual votes are not fully tabulated, and there remains a possibility that they may change – it has happened before.

However, we must assume that Barack Obama has been elected 44th president of the United States. It seems a majority of voters have bought into the snake oil of a con man and charlatan. We’re in for a rocky ride.

God help us. And God help the United States.

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November 4, 2008 at 11:21 pm

New Hampshire

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Fox is calling New Hampshire for Obama.

That’s not good for McCain.

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November 4, 2008 at 8:14 pm


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For Obama? Imagine!

Also, New Jersey, Maine, DC, and Connecticut.

Also, Oklahoma for McCain.

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November 4, 2008 at 8:01 pm

South Carolina

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For McCain – still no surprises.

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November 4, 2008 at 7:51 pm

West Virginia

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McCain. Right.

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November 4, 2008 at 7:30 pm

First Blood!

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Fox is calling Kentucky for McCain.

No surprise there.

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November 4, 2008 at 7:08 pm

On McCain and Polling

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Yesterday, I endorsed John McCain for president. This should have come as no real surprise, even given my antipathy to McCain over the years.

Here’s the surprise: I believe McCain is going to win.

I know, ‘he’s delusional,’ or ‘how many martinis tonight’ (snicker). Answer: one – not nearly enough. 

Now, I’ve been watching the polls. Since the financial ‘meltdown,’ which, arguably McCain handled badly by trying to show leadership and Obama handled well by doing absolutely nothing, the consensus of the polls has been a national lead of around 5 points for Obama. Ann Coulter recently had a piece which talked about historical oversampling of democrats. Much of this I remember (although not 1992 when, I admit, I was in denial). This mirrors my own feeling that the pollsters are overweighting democrats. Their methodologies, such as they’re willing to admit, seem, flawed. In the last few weeks, I even read of one pollster who didn’t receive the results he expected so he massaged his assumptions until he did. Yeah, that’s scientific.

So, my own unscientific poll.

It started innocently enough. One of my friends (in her late twenties) who is a democrat suddenly announced to me she was no longer supporting Obama and was going to vote for McCain. Her stated reason was Obama’s vote in favor of the new FISA bill. It snowballed from there. To be sure, not all of my friends, acquaintances, and relatives who are democrats but a lot.

Some more examples: my co-workers who are Jewish have all stated that they will vote for McCain. Hillary had their votes until Obama won the primary. A friend who has just graduated law school and who was a pie-in-the-sky lefty is now voting McCain (mugged by the need to get a job). Another, voting for racist reasons alas, another voting his wallet, another voting her wallet, another voting for national security, and another voting because he doesn’t think Obama has the experience. All of these are democrats in Massachusetts.

Then there is family in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Blue-collar democrats all. All voting for McCain.

There is my cousin – a lawyer in DC and a democrat – voting for McCain.

There is a friend in Ohio, true, something of an independent, but voting for McCain where democrats got his vote in the past. There are also others in Missouri and North Carolina. 

In short, I do not know a single republican or true independent who is voting for Obama. I know a lot of democrats who are voting for McCain.

It could be that my own personal sample is skewed in some unscientific way – in fact, I’d make book it is. But no more so than the MSM polls.

We’re in for a long night tomorrow I expect, but at the end, I also expect McCain will have pulled it out.

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November 3, 2008 at 9:23 pm

MartiniPundit Endorses John S. McCain for President

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It has been a long, strange trip. 

This election began, in some ways, even before George Bush took the oath of office for his second term. Unable to come to grips with a Kerry loss, many on the left went into permanent Bush Derangement Syndrome, and a number of would-be presidents started to capitalize on that almost immediately. Front and center was Barack Obama – barely into his first term as a US senator.

This is not the place – nor would it matter as this blog certainly lacks even the small readership it once had – to opine extensively on Emperor Barack’s lack of clothes, but I will say that P.T. Barnum is probably chuckling, wherever he is. If Obama wins, I’m sure there will be a little time to discuss it, at least until he figures out how to shut down conservative blogs.

Meanwhile, I have not been John McCain’s biggest fan over the years. I flat out said I would not support him in the primaries or the general election three-and-a-half years ago. I never envisioned his opponent would be Barack Obama. Indeed, I never really thought McCain could get the nomination.

But it’s now today, and while I was right about what I wrote then, I was wrong not to take into account the possibility of changing circumstances. 

This is an election for the soul of America. The left, aided and abetted by the MSM and useful idiots in and out of congress, have spent the last eight years convincing many people of an enormous lie. It has many facets: the war, the economy, the culture. The lie is that George Bush is the worst president in American history, and he has made everything worse. Nothing – nothing – else matters but the propagation of this lie. There is simply no more important objective to the left than this. Not the economy, not national security, not ethics, not truth, not anything. It may be that America has bought into this lie – we’ll see.

The left believes it has. They believe this is their moment, and that they will be able to implement long-thwarted goals they’ve had since the 1970s and 80s. Socialized medicine, greater unionization, muzzling conservatives on radio and elsewhere, packing the courts and enshrining moral relativism as the defining test of the judiciary, raising taxes so that they can better spend other people’s money, ensnaring enough people into the welfare state to assure the left’s political dominance, control of key industries, greater regulation of all the economy, gutting of the US military, withdrawal from international affairs, ceding control of US foreign policy to the UN and international elites, subjecting US sovereignty to international law (whatever that is), subordinating the US to the world court, etc., etc. These are their goals (to start), and Barack Obama is their messiah.

I want no part of it.

Today, the only person standing athwart this lefty apocalypse is John McCain. He has his flaws: he is somewhat soft on the notion of free speech (q.v. McCain-Feingold, currently hoisting one of its namesakes by his own petard), and has a shaky understanding of the economy. Still, on both these points, he’s far superior to Obama, who doesn’t actually believe in free speech for those who disagree with him, and who seems to think the economy is akin to sharing toys on a playground. So much for sophisticated nuance.

McCain is infinitely superior to Obama on foreign policy – a subject he knows well, on governing in wartime, and even in simple geography. To whit, McCain knows where places are and how they fit in with each other, Obama does not.

McCain owes no one anything. If he wins this, he’ll have done it without the help of the media, the GOP, or any third parties like ACORN,, the unions, or the like. He’ll be his own man; Obama will have a lot of people looking to feed at the trough.

John McCain is a man of honor. His public and private actions have demonstrated this conclusively for decades. His one scandal – the Keating Five – resulted in him being exonerated. Obama is a man who skulks in the shadows of creepy friends like Ayers and Dohrn the terrorists, Rezko, the thug, Wright and Pfleger the racists, and anti-Americans like his wife. Obama doesn’t seem to have a single associate who isn’t sleazy in some fashion. I was always taught you know a person by whom he associates with.

In short, John McCain is the only nominee qualified and worthy to be president in this race. It shouldn’t even be close. For me, it isn’t.

MartiniPundit proudly endorses John S. McCain for president in 2008.

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November 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm

A Sobering Thought

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As I’ve been going through the old posts of this blog and uploading them to this new venue, I’ve had an opportunity to revisit the things I wrote about John Kerry four years ago.

I was pretty hard on the guy.

He deserved it though. Nothing I’ve seen has changed my mind that he was the wrong man for the presidency and George W. Bush was the better candidate. To be sure, there are things that I would have preferred Bush had done differently, but that’s a far cry from my belief that I would have preferred a putative President Kerry had done everything differently.

But that brings me to today. Leaving Obama aside, I think if I were writing this blog with the energy I put into it then, I would have no choice but to savage McCain in the same way I went after Kerry. Flip-flops, lack of focus, desperate tactics, and generally bad campaigning – McCain is guilty of them all. Maybe it’s a senate thing. Bringing Obama back, he’s given me much grist for the mill too. The difference is that in 2004 it was very much a one-sided thing. Not so today.

I’m going to vote for McCain. The notion of the socialist Obama, who consorts with terrorists, racists, communists, and thugs; a man whose past is not merely opaque, but has clearly been constructed to bring him to this point. A man who’s honesty is not just questionable, but demonstrably lacking. A man who’s very citizenship is plausibly in question not to mention his patriotism. A man who has the audacity to compare himself to God. I haven’t even touched on the money. This man does not deserve to be president of the United States. More than that, and here again McCain is flat-out wrong, we should be afraid of the notion of a President Obama. Crikey, one Jimmy Carter was one too many.

Nevertheless, McCain has run a terrible campaign. He may yet win – I pray he does. The next several years will be devastating for the nation under the three amigos: Obama, Reid, and Pelosi. The idea that they represent change for the better is laughable, except for the very real harm it will do. The nation is going collectively mad. Still …

McCain is the Kerry of this election.

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October 13, 2008 at 11:33 pm

The 2008 Race – Part I

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So the hopefuls are lining up for 2008 at an early date reminiscent of Christmas carols before Halloween. The sad fact remains that one of the reasons there are so many hopefuls — declared and undeclared — is the lack of depth on the bench. They are, all of them on both sides of the political aisle, lightweights.

The Republicans first:

John McCain

Presumptive front-runner, at least as far as the media is concerned. And how can I call John McCain a lightweight since he’s been around for years and has already run for president once? Short answer: he’s a senator. By definition a senator is a lightweight presidential candidate. How do I know this? Because out of 54 presidential elections, exactly two men have won being elected directly from the senate. Every senator seems himself or herself as presidential timber, but the facts don’t support this conceit.

I have to question the media’s love of McCain, They are, after all, largely left-leaning people, and not exactly the sort who vote in Republican primaries. To those who actually do, of whom I am one, McCain is suspicious because of his wobbly record on taxes, his gutting of the first amendment, and his pandering to the right when it suits his political needs. I doubt very much that McCain can win the nomination, short of culpably bad campaigning by his opponents. Even if he does, will McCain be able to inspire the conservative base to turn out for him the way it did for Bush in 2004. (Last November’s lackluster showing is not a good omen.) Would you go out of your way to vote for a used-car salesman?

Rudy Guiliani

“America’s Mayor.”

Well, that title alone should tell you what you need to know. While I would say the mayor of New York has managed more significant issues than, say, the governor of Vermont, I still can’t see how one steps from mayor to president. Further, despite his superlative handling of 9/11 on the local level, Guiliani is still the prototypical New York career prosecutor who rose to political office on the basis of highly questionable prosecutions and bullyboy tactics. Apart from his being at odds with the Republican base on most issues, this type of politician rarely shows the character necessary for the highest office. (I do, of course, write as if Bill Clinton had never been president.)

Newt Gingrich

Huh? A man who left congress — the House — a decade ago? What have you done lately?

Mitt Romney

Oh, my, where do I start? 

First, he’s from Massachusetts. What is it with politicians from here who all think they’re destined for the big chair?

Second, he was unable to get his lt. governor elected to succeed him, he failed to prevent gay marriage, he brought socialized medicine (lite) to the Commonwealth, and has not a single conservative achievement to his credit as governor. He held the line on taxes, which is about all that can be said for him. Oh, and he flip-flopped on abortion. 

Maybe it’s something in the water coming from Quabbin …

Later this week, the Democrats.

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February 26, 2007 at 5:22 pm

McCain’s Honor

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John McCain has refused an overture to become John Kerry’s running mate.  To be sure, a good move on Kerry’s part, but an act of political suicide for McCain should the ticket go down to defeat.  But I think there’s more to it than that: John McCain and John Kerry are two men shaped in very different ways by Vietnam.  I doubt they can be reconciled for a national ticket.

But, there’s still hope.  Somehow I doubt this guy will say no …

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June 11, 2004 at 4:03 pm

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