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February 06, 2008

Yet Mitt Romney Is "Insincere" and "Untrustworthy"

Tell me about it. From Russ Vaughn:

I was afraid this was going to happen when McCain started coming on stronger in the primaries. To an even greater extent than John Kerry, John McCain possesses the ability to politically divide American veterans more than any other presidential candidate. With Kerry, a key determinant of which way veterans’ loyalties fell was party affiliation. I’m sure there were many liberal Democrat veterans, particularly Vietnam veterans, who held their noses and supported a man they viscerally disliked because he was their party’s candidate and represented their overall liberal positions. It was easy for those of us who were politically conservative Vietnam vets to take a hard, unrelenting stand against the man we knew had smeared us because he was the candidate of the party whose positions we opposed.

Today, this division among veterans in general and Vietnam veterans in particular has been turned by McCain’s candidacy into a family fight among Republican veterans that threatens our already diminished prospects for victory in November. While virtually all of us admire and respect McCain’s military service and POW sacrifice, there are millions of us who feel that is simply not enough for him to be able to command our political loyalties four decades later. Setting aside the fact that McCain sided with John Kerry in 2004 and denounced those of us who dared to question Kerry’s very questionable war record, there are many reasons why we do not see John McCain as being someone we can trust to represent the mainstream views of the Republican party. I will spare you a Sean Hannity, rapid-fire recitation of the litany of McCain’s transgressions against his own party because I think there is a single issue far more compelling.

Go ahead and Google “McCain switching parties?” and look at the pages of hits which take you to articles from every sector of the media examining whether or not John McCain was preparing to switch parties as far back as 2001 and continuing into the 2004 campaign. The most chilling of all these reports is one from the Boston Herald in which McCain is quoted as responding to ABC’s Charles Gibson’s question as to whether he would even entertain the idea of running as John Kerry’s VP if Kerry extended such an offer:

“John Kerry is a very close friend of mine. We’ve been friends for years. Obviously I would entertain it.”

That is a very telling quote. In his own words, to further his political ambitions, John McCain would have considered abandoning his party and his supposedly conservative principles to serve on the ticket with one of the most liberal candidates ever to run as a Democrat presidential candidate. Even worse, reading down, one reads that Kerry now claims it was McCain’s people who initiated such a proposal, not that we’d be inclined to lend too much credibility to that particular source. Some very close friends, huh? No wonder then that McCain was able to denounce his fellow Navy Vietnam veterans as “dishonest and dishonorable” when they dared to attack Kerry’s self-promoting war record. McCain was selfishly attempting to curry favor with the man and the party which could do the most for his personal political future.

Now I ask you, just who was being dishonest and dishonorable here? Was it the sailors who served in combat with Kerry and raised issues with his war record that Kerry never successfully refuted and refused to release the Navy records which he claimed would do so? Or was it the self-serving maverick politician who was entertaining the possibility of forsaking his Republican party to fill the number two position on the Democrat ticket?

A good friend and fellow Old War Dog, Bill Faith, cites Mitt Romney’s contradictory and self-serving statements about not serving in Vietnam as proving Romney unworthy of his vote. To that I would respond that talking out of both sides of one’s mouth is congenital in politicians and that perhaps Romney might have gone AWOL on the issue. But Romney’s transgression completely pales against John McCain’s admitted willingness to “entertain” the possibility of full-fledged desertion to the enemy in the midst of political combat.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want a commander-in-chief who even entertains such considerations.

Russ Vaughn

Due in large part to the McCain-Feingold Act, this site cannot and will not endorse any candidate for political office. I have to be careful about even giving the appearance of campaigning for a candidate on a site I pay for and I have neither the time, the inclination, nor the energy to ensure that I don't inadvertently, in some arcane way, violate some provision of a law I don't have time to commit to memory (let alone try to comprehend).

That is why I have commented so little on the presidential primaries despite my passionate opinions on this matter.

Anyone who has read me for any length of time knows how I feel about John Kerry. I leave you to draw your own inferences from there.

Posted by Cassandra at February 6, 2008 06:30 AM

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Which is why we have write ins. If my candidate doesn't make it, I will write his name in.

Posted by: Cricket at February 6, 2008 07:49 AM

I wonder if Russ will save me a seat in the choir box?

Posted by: bthun at February 6, 2008 08:14 AM

Funny, ain't it?

How many ways can you bend free speech? how do you rationalize Tigerhawk's endorsement of Romney? Are the FEC lawyers going to come down on his head?

Well, my opinion on this is pretty worthless at this point, as the primary in my state isn't for another month, and now it seems to be just about over.

Alright, everybody back on your heads.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at February 6, 2008 09:12 AM

FWIW, he should be fine. We are nowhere near election day. It's just that if there is a line, I prefer to stay well away from it because I am notoriously careless about paying attention to that sort of thing. I don't even wear a watch :p

I can't afford for there to be a question.

Posted by: Cassandra at February 6, 2008 09:17 AM

Funny you should mention McCain-Feingold. That's the dog's breakfast of a law that let folks like Soros funnel millions into left-wing groups like MoveOn.org. (Not to mention the dilemma it puts people like you - and others who are in some way connected with the government - in.)

I'd say that McCain doesn't think things through.

In the spirit of ecumenism, however, I'll say that I'm not endorsing McCain.

Posted by: ZZMike at February 6, 2008 01:20 PM

Listen, I know that all of you die-hard conservatives don't trust John McCain on taxes, immigration, and whateverthehellelse he's been peddlin' in the Senate that he's now completely against. But McCain-Feingold? The bill that your own President Bush signed into law saying that, while he had *cough* "reservations" about the law's constitutionality, it would nevertheless "improve the current financing system for Federal campaigns…" As you might recall, prior to the enactment of the Campaign Finance Reform Act in 2002(and the two subsequent Supreme Court decisions upholding it)only rich people could flout the campaign laws. Now, thanks to Senators McCain, Feingold, et al., we can all defy the law, whether we want to onr not! That, ladies and gentlemen, is the kind of innovation, the kind of real progress that Senator McCain will bring to that stodgey old office of Chief Executive. Besides, there's nothing in McCain-Feingold that prevents you from selling your vote on eBay, so quit your whining and start those Democrats a-bidding.

Senator McCain: A Big Schtick for the Little Man!

Posted by: spd rdr at February 6, 2008 04:17 PM

mr rdr!

Front of the classroom, please!...err...pls!

Put out your hand!


Thank you. You may take your seat :p

Posted by: Sister Mary Bag O'Metaphors at February 6, 2008 04:46 PM

I think, dubious McCain-Feingold legislation notwithstanding, that private citizens still have First Amendment rights to freedom of expression.

Of course, in the interest of full disclosure:
I'm not a barrister, never played one on television (although I have worked in that media, et al) and didn't stay in a Holiday Inn Express (or any other hotel and/or motel) last night...

Posted by: camojack at February 7, 2008 01:40 AM

My problem with the McCain-Feingold Incumbant Protection Act Campaign Finance Reform Act is that the Supreme Court upheld it on the basis that, although political contributions ARE a form of political speech, the government has an interest and POWER to silence "corrupting" speech. In other words, because those poor, poor politicians are vulnrable to bribes by those big mean nasty VOTERS, the government should bend the First Amendment to make it illegal for voters to make certain kinds of donations (also know, as the court said, as political speech).

So we've got a law now, upheld by the Supreme Court that says, contrary to the First Amendment, certain kinds of political speech MAY be infringed. That's called stare decisis, "to stand by that which is decided." That has a lot of pull with the courts, and can be used to open that door wider.

Clearly, if we the people cannot be trusted to use our political speech without corrupting politicians, then perhaps we cannot be trusted to use it to criticize them either. Let a good lawyer argue that falls under stare decisis in front of the right (wrong) five justices, and we can lose the ability to publically disagree with elected officials. And so on.

Likely? No. I'm no chicken little. But it is worrying that powers the government claims that we take for granted now would have been considered egregious violations of the Constitution a mere 100 years ago. Slippery slopes DO happen.

Posted by: MikeD at February 7, 2008 11:17 AM

Looks like its a done deal now ... Romney bails:

McCain Seals GOP Nod As Romney Suspends

"If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror,"

Posted by: Frodo at February 7, 2008 01:15 PM

Mitt just gave his speech at CPAC. He is bowing out of the race.

Posted by: bthun at February 7, 2008 01:17 PM

I watched the speech on CSPAN... *sigh* And Laura's intro was quite good. But now it's Maverick or bust.

Posted by: bthun at February 7, 2008 01:20 PM

As Howie Carr would say ... The straitjacket express rolls on.

Posted by: Frodo at February 7, 2008 01:24 PM

Transcript of Romney's speech at CPAC.

Is it beer-thirty yet? Nah, make that Makers Mark. It's an occasion. =8-{

Posted by: bthun at February 7, 2008 01:36 PM

Well, if McCain has only half his marbles, he'll ask Mitt to be his VP. That way he'd get someone who knows something about Economics.

One heckuva speech.

And, damn.

Posted by: MathMom at February 7, 2008 01:50 PM

I am not giving up on a write in. Unless of course, McCain finds a way to get THAT off the ballot.

Posted by: Cricket at February 7, 2008 02:18 PM

That was a good speech.

Posted by: Frodo at February 7, 2008 02:36 PM

Maverick just finished his speech to CPAC. The crowd bought into it, with the exception being when he spoke about [illegal] immigration and received a rousing Bronx cheer.

Maverick or Bust.

Posted by: bthun at February 7, 2008 03:54 PM

Transcript of Maverick's speech at CPAC.

Posted by: bthun at February 7, 2008 03:57 PM

Okay. Now, the question becomes "which Democrat cain't beat McCain't?" 'cause that's who I'm voting for next Tuesday.

Posted by: spd rdr at February 7, 2008 04:18 PM

Me too.

So why do I feel like jumping off a ledge?

Posted by: Sister Mary Bag O'Metaphors at February 7, 2008 04:40 PM

I've never voted in a Democratic primary before. It fells like going into the Ladies Room for the first time. It's...different, you know?

Posted by: spd rdr at February 7, 2008 05:03 PM

So..... just how many Ladies' rooms *have* you been in, mr rdr??? :p

Posted by: Sister Mary Bag O'Metaphors at February 7, 2008 05:40 PM

Enough to know that if I see pink I'm in the wrong place. The Dem ballots aren't pink, are they?

Posted by: spd rdr at February 7, 2008 06:06 PM

The straitjacket express rolls on


I have not had time to listen to or read any of the speeches yet. Thanks for the links, though, guys. You're the best :)

I think my sense of humor is slowly coming back, but it was nowhere in evidence earlier today.

Posted by: Cassandra at February 7, 2008 06:07 PM

The Dem ballots aren't pink, are they?

Why spd! What do you Oink Cadre types have against pink?

Posted by: Frank Rich at February 7, 2008 06:12 PM

Don't know if it's a first reaction that will fade to pragmatism, but all the conservatives that I email/talk to (in the New England area we have our conventions in large phone booths) are talking about a protest vote for whoever the third party candidate is ... not a good start for the Maverick.

Posted by: Frodo at February 7, 2008 06:31 PM

"I think my sense of humor is slowly coming back, but it was nowhere in evidence earlier today."

CAUTION: Alcohol May Intensify Effect

Oh yeah... Without heeding this tip, and following up with a judicious application of Maker's Mark, my sense of humor might still be in the bilge. But now I'm ready to start working on some Maverick-Viagra-Top_Gun 4g inverted dive jokes.

Posted by: bthun at February 7, 2008 07:49 PM

[looking underneath her bar]

Actually, I do have a large thingy of Maker's Mark under there :p

Posted by: Cassandra at February 7, 2008 10:01 PM

I've been to the Maker's Mark distillery.

The way you get there is that you travel down I-65 through Kain-tuck, until you see the sign that says, "Exit here for Maker's Mark Distillery." At the bottom of the ramp, there's another sign with an arrow. You follow that sign, and it takes you down a winding state highway through a picturesque little Kentucky town with shops and hotels and restaurants.

Then, at the end of that street there's another sign, and in a while, you pass through another little town; and by another distillery, but we're still not there; and here's another sign.

Yet another beautiful little town with friendly-looking shops right by the highway, and then a quick little jaunt through the rolling countryside, and there you are. It's taken like an hour to get here from the interstate, but didn't you see some cute little towns?

So you take the tour, and at the end, they say, "Here's a map to get back to the highway." On the map, you realize the highway is less than two miles away, straight down the road.

Bastards. :)

Posted by: Grim at February 8, 2008 12:03 AM

Grim, that is the quintessential description for getting to my parents hometowns on the southeastern *Kain-tuck* state line! It is a beautiful drive, (more so when coming from NC) and at the same time somewhat Twilight Zone/time travel-like. I miss driving through there.

Posted by: Sly2017 at February 8, 2008 01:06 AM

I think we need to send Mr McCain a sandwich.

1 loaf ciabatta bread
2 Tbsp sun-dried tomato pesto
1 tomato, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 cup baby spinach leaves
1 lb ground turd (Cleveland Steamer, preferably)
4 ounces mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tsp grill seasoning
2 Tbsp oil

Pre-heat broiler.

Combine ground turd, grill seasoning, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Heat oil in fry pan over medium high heat. Divide turd mixture into four equal-sized balls and form into patties. When oil is hot, add turd patties. Cook until done, about five minutes per side.

Meanwhile, slice ciabatta bread in half, horizontally. Place under broiler until just lightly browned. Remove from broiler and spread with pesto. Place steaming, cooked turd patties on ciabatta bread. Top with mozzarella cheese and place under broiler until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Remove from heat and top with baby spinach, tomato leaves and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cut into four equal portions.
Serve with a side of roasted asparagus.


Posted by: Purple Raider at February 8, 2008 01:33 AM

I'll have to consider voting in the Dem primary... I'll have to check out who is going to be on the D and R primary tickets. Maybe Lloyd Doggett has a challenger I could vote for? Damn redistricting, putting me with that Dem...

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at February 9, 2008 01:43 AM

Oh, and I've done that cross-over voting before. When I lived in AR, all the Rs were usually unopposed in the primary, so I'd vote D just to have primary choices. I was there for 3 presidential elections and two mid-term elections. I'd have been there for 4 of those 5 primaries.

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at February 9, 2008 01:46 AM


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