Get to know a candidate: John McCain

11 Feb

mccain.jpgBarring any unforeseen disasters, it appears John McCain will be the 2008 Republican Party presidential nominee. He appears to be the favorite GOP candidate among most democrats, owing partly to his forthcoming, charming demeanor yet mostly to his much-publicized “maverick” persona that results in his occasionally stepping out of the party line to support issues favored by liberals. He is pro-gun control, anti-Guantanamo Bay and the author of the much-lauded campaign finance reform, so his reputation for boldly eschewing party-line-toeing in favor of issues he believes in does have merit.

On the other hand, McCain’s voting record reveals him to be a traditionally conservative Republicans. He may not be a religious zealot, but many of his stances are staunchly right-wing. I’ve done some digging (mostly on Wikipedia, but I focused on the sourced info) and laid out a few McCain learnings that scare me. The following copy was pulled directly from the source.

I will say that, for the record, I like McCain. I do. He has been my favorite Republican candidate from the get-go. But we also need to keep in mind….

>> Should McCain win in 2008, he would be the oldest person to assume the Presidency in history at initial ascension to office, being 72 years old and surpassing Ronald Reagan, who was 69 years old at his inauguration

>> McCain was willing to ask business and industry for campaign contributions, counting more lobbyists as fundraisers than any other candidate

>> He has a strong conservative voting record on pro-life and free trade issues, favors private social security accounts, and opposes an expanded government role in health care.

>> McCain’s views about abortion have also fluctuated; in 1999, he said of Roe v. Wade, “in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade,” but in 2007 McCain stated “It should be overturned.”

>> McCain has a history, beginning with his military career, of appealing to lucky charms and superstitions to gain fortune. While serving in Vietnam, he demanded that his parachute rigger clean his visor before each flight. On the 2000 campaign, he carried a lucky compass, feather, shoes, pen, penny and, at times, a rock. An incident when McCain misplaced his feather caused a brief panic in the campaign. The night before the 2008 New Hampshire primary he slept on the same side of the bed in the same hotel room he had stayed in before his win there in 2000. (Note: that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but undeniably strange actions for a 70-year-old.)

>> A 2006 Washingtonian survey of Capitol Hill staff ranked McCain as having the second “Hottest Temper” in the Senate

>> In 1998, McCain was chastised for making an off-color joke at a Republican fundraiser about President Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, saying “Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno.”

>> McCain openly used the term “gook”, in reference to his Vietnamese torturers during the Vietnam War, even since his return as a POW.[44] During the 2000 presidential campaign, he repeatedly refused to apologize for his continued use of the term, stating that he reserved its reference only to his captors. Late in the primary season, with growing criticism from the Asian American community in the politically important state of California, McCain reversed his position, and vowed to no longer use the term in public.

>> In March 2007, McCain apologized for using the term “tar baby” in response to a question in Cedar Falls, Iowa, about overturning divorce court decisions. Although he was not using the term in reference to African Americans, he agreed he was wrong to use a term that some view as having racist overtones.

I’m more than a little troubled over his abortion stance, his love for war and, most of all, his head-in-the-sand view on healthcare. And, it should be mentioned, I shudder to think of all the politically incorrect jokes he would make as President. Not that having a poor sense of humor will directly harm our country or anything, but, well, foreign relations is very important, and I just don’t see this guy working well with the gooks and tar babies around the world.

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6 Responses to “Get to know a candidate: John McCain”

  1. A.B. February 13, 2008 at 7:52 pm #

    I’m really curious as to who was voted as having the #1 hottest temper in the senate. Was it Larry Craig? Incidentally, I think McCain is one scary fella. Your final paragrah sums up my own feelings quite nicely.

  2. norm February 16, 2008 at 8:36 am #

    I’ve never heard of anybody except him drop an f-bomb on the Senate floor … pretty hilarious. My favorite is #4.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/news/presidential_briefing/?p=161

  3. Big Mac Love February 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm #

    yeah A.B. you’re quite correct….the whole PC, only say ‘tar baby’ in private, “let’s tell voters what they want to hear and never discuss our true opinions..” thing has worked out really well…..I bet you wish GWB could run for a third term, huh? Go back to sleep and we”ll wake you up when we need you….

  4. B. February 18, 2008 at 6:25 pm #

    …Or how about never saying “tar baby” at all? Is that too much to ask? Go back to sleep and we’ll wake you when we need… the opinions of someone who blindly supports a candidate no matter their errors, and ignores the concrete issues at hand.

    Which will be never.

  5. Cool Rut February 18, 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    A.B. is an uninformed follower of the liberal media machine. Why don’t you turn on public radio and get all buzzed on this “change” baloney being spouted by Barack Bin Obama. We need to stay the course and root these sand-jockeys from their caves. The Liberal media will have you believe that all our young soldiers are dying for nothing and that a free Iraq will not bring much needed stability to the region. BS!!! I hear this crap that we can’t solve 5000 years of tension with more war and it ticks me off. Why can’t we? I know that if the US people were fully supporting the troops, the terrorists would see our resolve and would back down. If the enemy of terror is divided against itself, it has to fight war on two fronts and it only weakens us. You liberal fruitcakes need to grow a backbone or balls for you men and fight terror and terrorists.

  6. TarHonky February 18, 2008 at 9:07 pm #

    Amen Cool Rut. You didn’t mention the few members of the media that it is okay to listen to. Rush Limbaugh is a big ol’genius!!! Bill O’Reilly Rules!!!

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