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Monday, August 21, 2006

Senator McCain Comes to Louisiana

Well the good Senator made a stop in Louisiana as a part of his unoffical 08 campaign. This by the was is one stop out of many that MCCain has been making in the South. HE also has appeared at major State Party events in South Carolian and Mississippi for instance.

The Advocate has the full report. Here are some excerpts:
who will do anything to win the 2008 presidential election? Or, is the man who is considered the front-runner for the Republican nomination two years out the one candidate who can truly unify a fractured national electorate?
Those questions lingered over the lunch last Wednesday at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge where McCain addressed about 180 party faithful. That McCain would make the trip to Louisiana to speak with what is considered a conservative audience is bound to agitate moderate Democrats — so called Reagan Democrats — whom McCain has a good chance of attracting.....Some viewed the speech to the Louisiana GOP no differently from McCain’s trip last spring to Liberty University as the guest of the Rev. Jerry Falwell. Aligning himself with the right wing of the party isn’t McCain being McCain, critics say.
Others see it no differently from Hillary Clinton in a photo opportunity with former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
“If you want to be president, you’re going to have to break some eggs,” said Stephen Hess, a political analyst with the liberal Brookings Institution in Washington and a journalism professor at George Washington University. “That’s the product of having a two-party system, you have to pull from the other side.”
John Samples, director of representative government at the Cato Institute in Washington, viewed the Louisiana trip as the continued morphing of McCain. Through the ’90s, McCain built his reputation as a tough-talking maverick. In the 2000 presidential primary, he learned the power of the Republican right wing, which knocked him out of the presidential race in the South Carolina primary........Louisiana state Sen. Tom Schedler sees it a different way. Schedler, chairman of the Senate Republican delegation, contends that McCain just might be the candidate who could move the Republican base toward the center.
“It’s too early to tell, but he’s the kind of candidate we can win with,” Schedler said. “He can pull over those conservative Democrats. You’re going to have to moderate and McCain offers you that.”
Whenever you talk about McCain in Louisiana, one name surfaces: Roy Fletcher. The political consultant ran McCain’s 2000 race in Louisiana and will likely be the point man in 2008. Fletcher has heard the concerns about McCain moving too far to the right, but dismisses them.
“I think the party realizes that he’s in a place they need to be,” Fletcher said. “He’s very clear about where he is and where he has been so he isn’t new.”
Fletcher doesn’t view McCain’s stops in Louisiana or Liberty University as adversarial to Reagan Democrats.
“I don’t think it’s a matter of corrupting himself,” Fletcher said. “These (Republican) people are Americans, they pay taxes and they have issues. You have to win a nomination before you can win an election
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First let me say that I find the entire tone of article sort of idiotic. First, when was John McCain viewed as some liberal? Sure people in the politcal square tried to portray him as that but it is not reality. Senator McCain has always been a pretty reliable conservative vote. True, I disagreed and still disagree with him on campaign finance reform but that issue is not really a litmus test as to ones political beliefs. Further, maybe its me but I have not heard any overriding concerns that some how John McCain is veering to the extreme right. I have no idea where that is coming from.

However, I thought this quote takes the cake:"That McCain would make the trip to Louisiana to speak with what is considered a conservative audience is bound to agitate moderate Democrats — so called Reagan Democrats — whom McCain has a good chance of attracting.....Some viewed the speech to the Louisiana GOP no differently from McCain’s trip last spring to Liberty University as the guest of the Rev. Jerry Falwell. Aligning himself with the right wing of the party isn’t McCain being McCain, critics say" What? Who is spreading this nonsense. Talking to Louisiana Republicans is now Taboo? They make it sound like we are the freakin John Birch society down here. I find frankly the whole premise of this article pretty insulting.


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2 Comments:

Blogger Dangle 24-7 said...

This has been my week for getting in trouble and it's only Monday. This ain’t going to help but…..

I find McCain "comforting" as I am sure Hillary finds discomfort in him as a possible opponent.

The Demos have a way of committing political suicide as was proven in the last election when Bush didn't even have to rely on a recount and what I feel was an overall dismal first term.

Another example was the “public” ditching of Lieberman. I think the party made a big mistake. The voters were going to do it anyway…they should have kept their mouths shut. No telling how this may now play out. They had it now they have to look over their shoulder.

Hmmmmm, I wonder if Joe would be interested in another run at Vice President???????

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain has been viewed as a liberal ever since he started acting and voting like one (i.e. starting with his post SouthCarolina 2000 campaign). CFR may not be a lithmus test for conseravativism; but Taxcuts, ANWAR, GayMarriage, Judges, TerroristRights and Iraq are as close as you can get.
I personally don't beleive in any one issue being the lithmus test, but when you fail on so many and don't have anything to compensate, you can't be called a conservative. And if McCain ran on his record in Arizona as a Democrat he would loose as being too liberal.

P.S. You're right, I don't see him moving to the center, and there's certainly nothing wrong with him talking to LA GOP.

11:01 PM  

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