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3/4/2008

McCain and the Republican Nomination

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 7:38 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

John McCain reached 1191 delegates tonight and clinched the GOP nomination. He gave what sounded like a convention acceptance speech in Dallas in what was clearly designed to foreshadow the GOP convention. As far as I could tell, he had prime-time coverage on all the cable news networks.

McCain gave a good speech and vigorously made the case for the main conservative talking points: Win in Iraq, no taxes, and fiscal responsibility. He was positive, upbeat, and even sounded a little Reaganesque.

I think he helped his chances with that speech.

— DRJ

6 Responses to “McCain and the Republican Nomination”

  1. One flowery speech will not overcome decades of being on the wrong side of the issues. We are all aware that politicians will tell any lie to get elected. i.e. “Read my lips, no new taxes.” and “We’ve got to enforce our borders.” from the two Bush presidents.

    I think now we can add some new ones from McCain.
    As if he really has any chance of getting elected with the entire media complex practically anointing Obama as the next Messiah.

    Jay Curtis (8f6541)

  2. He’s not my first choice either, Jay Curtis. Remember that even Ronald Reagan supported tax increases but he eventually saw the light. I think McCain is more likely to see the conservative light than Obama or Hillary.

    DRJ (d8934e)

  3. Sorry to be so negative. I just can’t get excited about any of our options this year.

    I guess the biggest problem that I have with this whole process is how much influence the MSM has on both the choice of candidates and the election itself. The stories that the MSM chooses to run or not to run effectively determine the mindset in America. I almost feel as if we have a hostile foreign agency employing a disinformation and propaganda war against conservatives and Republicans. (Yes, I see those as two separate groups.) By extension, I believe that these media personnel are trying to stage a gentle revolution where they redefine the America’s values to whatever twisted vision they may be teaching at the schools now. Revolution through apathy on the part of the common people who get their entire education on current events from 30 second sound bites.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if you had to be able to answer a few questions about the candidates, their positions and achievements before you were allowed to vote for any elected office? And how about being able to discuss the merits of a proposed new law before your vote could be counted? I think an ignorant and apathetic population is the scariest thing in the world. It is like giving a loaded weapon to a child who doesn’t understand how much damage he can do by pulling the trigger. The idea makes me cringe.

    Jay Curtis (8f6541)

  4. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had to be able to answer a few questions about the candidates, their positions and achievements before you were allowed to vote for any elected office? And how about being able to discuss the merits of a proposed new law before your vote could be counted?

    I’d settle for being able to read.

    Taltos (4dc0e8)

  5. I think he helped his chances with that speech.

    Provided that anybody were actually terminally stupid enough to buy his lies this time, of course.

    Which I’m sure will be the case.

    Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the average Schmo.

    Misha I (c61ee2)

  6. Yeah, I had a great comment, but Misha nailed it.

    I ain’t buying his bullshit.

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)


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