WashPo: “Is McCain a Conservative?”

Robert Novak weighs in on our discussion.

According to exit polls, voters calling themselves “very conservative” supported Romney in Florida by two to one, and McCain still won in a state described as a microcosm of America. McCain survived a scathing conservative talk-radio assault led by Rush Limbaugh. Romney’s appeal to the right on immigration backfired, triggering Sen. Mel Martinez’s endorsement of McCain and a five-to-one margin for him in the Cuban[-American] community.
McCain as the Republican nominee would need those “very conservative” voters. He will encounter some of them at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington Feb. 7-9. His campaign asked yesterday for McCain to be able to speak there after rejecting an invitation to last year’s meeting. At CPAC, he might well consider providing “straight talk” about Samuel Alito and promising to veto any tax increase passed by a Democratic Congress.

Not this Cuban-American.

1 thought on “WashPo: “Is McCain a Conservative?””

  1. Coulter’s latest on McCain,
    “Even in the Florida primary, allegedly limited to Republicans, McCain lost among Republicans. (Seventeen percent of the Republican primary voters in Florida called themselves “Independents.”)
    That helps, but why would any Republican vote for McCain?
    At least under President Hillary, Republicans in Congress would know that they’re supposed to fight back. When President McCain proposes the same ideas — tax hikes, liberal judges and Social Security for illegals — Republicans in Congress will support “our” president — just as they supported, if only briefly, Bush’s great ideas on amnesty and Harriet Miers.”
    1. Did a bunch of independents or Democrats register as Republicans 29 days out just to vote for McCain? Don’t know where she gets that figure.
    2. Conservatives had to fight against a few Bush initiatives. With McCain, except on the war, it’ll likely be one continuous drawn-out fight. The blogosphere better take the rest of the year off, re-charge batteries, and re-energize for work next year.

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