McCain: the Myth of a Maverick

Was listening to XM satellite radio’s new channel POTUS 08 and they were airing a forum that was hosted by the libertarian Cato Institute. It was about John McCain, and I found it very instructive. Featured in the forum was Matt Welch, who is Editor-in-Chief, of Reason and the author of McCain: the Myth of a Maverick. You can listen or watch the forum by clicking here.

6 thoughts on “McCain: the Myth of a Maverick”

  1. Well McCain has been bashed, Huckabee, Paul, Romney….have been bashed. Before long we may have to rename the blog

  2. That’s funny because if you actually listen to the forum, you will notice that in addition to Matt Welch there is another panelist, Lance Tarrance, Jr., Former Senior Strategist for McCain, who defends him. The post I wrote merely says the forum is instructive. I didn’t entitle the book.
    Also, we’ve never made a promise on this blog to be non-partisan or to not have our favorites. It’s a blog. Bloggers decidedly have opinions. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I prefer Thompson to the field.

  3. Henry,
    Lighten up a bit. The comment albeit true was made tongue in cheek. It is quite obvious who you root for. But for me I am not sold on Thompson as to this point all I can go by is an attempt to sound Reaganesque. I don’t see any candidate yet who has made a dated pledge to do anything regarding Cuba. Just the same ol same ol.

  4. It just seems like I’m getting flak from every angle. I don’t think there’s a marked difference between the Republican candidates (except Paul) on Cuba. I am voting for Fred because he seems to be the only candidate that truly embraces conservatism. All of them have something undesirable about them. For Fred it was his vote for McCain-Feingold. But other than that his voting record matches his rhetoric. Mitt and Rudy are Republicans from Democrat states. As a result it’s difficult to know what they really stand for because they have had to moderate their views. McCain believes in the man-made climate change sham that is going to be a huge economic issue over the next 20 years. Huckabee is a chameleon that uses populist rhetoric that sounds like a Democrat such as the poor are poor because the rich are rich.
    So my order of preference is:
    Of the other two I prefer McCain. If Huckabee wins the nomination I’ll probably abstain in November.

  5. Henry,
    You stated: “If Huckabee wins the nomination I’ll probably abstain in November.”
    IMHO, I really doubt that at the end Huckabee will win the nomination. As we learn more about him, his support will diminish. I have gone to local events here in the Lowcountry and seen McCain,Giuliani and Thompson. They have been impressive! There’s a big difference between listening to them in person and during televised events. Thompson is also my candidate of preference, but we must be realistic … let’s see how the next couple of primaries play out … However, I really hope that at the end of the day, no matter who gets the nomination, as Republicans, we stand behind our presidential candidate and support them with our vote. For some, as it often happens, it will be a vote against the candidate of the other party, but to “Not Vote”, should not be an option. We are living in a critical time in this great country, and we might have to overlook some “single issues” for the good of the country … and Americans!
    There are some clear differences among the Republican presidential candidates, but there’s no doubt in my mind that there’s no difference among the Democratic options. All three of them are “social democrats” … and as I have stated before, more “social” than democrats!. . . so, when the time comes, I will be sure to exercise my freedom to vote to guarantee the freedoms we enjoy!
    I leave you with a poignant quote from Jose Marti:
    “The vote is a trust more delicate than any other, for it involves not just the interests of the voter, but his life, honor and future as well.”
    I wish you well 🙂 Melek
    “Voting is one of the few things where boycotting in protest clearly makes the problem worse rather than better.” ~ Unknown

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