Friday, February 8, 2008
GOP going the way of the Whig Party
-- RUNNING as a conservative, John McCain rolled up huge victories this week in New York, New Jersey and beyond. But if history is any guide, the McCain we've seen of late on the campaign trail is the most conservative McCain we'll ever see.
He has taken a commanding lead in the GOP primary by packaging himself as the "true conservative" committed to limited government, to slashed federal spending and to an avowedly conservative Supreme Court. He claims the mantle of Ronald Reagan. He even claims the mantle of Barry Goldwater, conservatism's crack version of Reagan. But as McCain clinches the GOP nomination, he will begin his usual leftward lurch once elected.
He will return to his lifelong positions as soft on illegal immigration, skeptical of tax cuts and favoring strong federal control over things like campaign financing.
The Republican Party will "be over as it exists now," Rush Limbaugh warns. Neocons put us in the grave. Only Ron Paul could save us. Still, McCain has so radicalized key conservatives that some have vowed to turn themselves into suicide voters next November by pulling the lever for Hillary Rodham Clinton over him.
Is it time for republicans to be replaced by true constitutionalist conservatives? Is it time for Republican to be replaced they way they replaced the Whig party which had lost it's way?
I know not what other people will do, but as for me and my wife, We will ONLY vote for Ron Paul!