Why I’m Still Voting For McCain

I’ve had a lot of people ask me lately if I still plan to vote for McCain in November. It is a fair question. In the past few weeks, I’ve lobbed more than a few spitballs at Sarah Palin, and even a few at the Man himself. So in response to the accusations that I’ve lost my conservative bona fides, let me tell you what keeps me in the camp despite this recent spate of disappointments.

My devotion to McCain has always been based on his record as a maverick. I know that word gets thrown around a lot, but it actually means something to me. It means that a man who belonged to a fiercely partisan generation of Republicans (or at least served during one) had the sack to cry bullshit on his own guys. When George W. Bush chose to give enormous tax cuts to a lot of very wealthy people during a war for “freedom”, John McCain stood up and said it was a very bad idea. When the rest of the GOP had their heads stuck in the sand on the reality of global warming, John McCain stood up and said that it should not be ignored. When the Right To Life movement threatened to repeal Roe v. Wade, John McCain dissented because “it would force women in America to undergo illegal and dangerous operations” to terminate unwanted pregnancies. When legions of Christians were following the morally diseased leadership of hatemongers like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, McCain called those charlatans out for what they were. Ergo, maverick.

I think liberals have a hard time understanding why this is significant because there is dissent in their ranks all the time. They are disorganized and sloppy, their message is often a mess, and the crutch of moral relativism guarantees disagreement on every issue. Being a modern day Republican, on the other hand, is easy. Just repeat after me: Taxes bad, Flag good, Abortion bad, Guns good, Gays bad, Jesus good. There, you’re a Republican. It’s not rocket science. But John McCain, in a show of moral clarity that I find inspiring, went against the party line and said things like “yes, taxes are usually bad, but there’s a war on, you dumb assholes–sacrifice something.” He looked at issues on their merits and offered common sense solutions. This is what people meant when they praised his “straight talk”.

So fast forward to 2008, and John McCain realizes that now he has to lead the party he’s been trying to keep in check for all these years. He knows, based on the cold hard realities of Gallup, that the positions he’s taken over the past decade simply will not fly with the base. But he loves his country profoundly, and he wants to lead it to a better place. So what does he do? He tells them everything they want to hear. He says, in no uncertain terms, “Taxes bad, Flag good, Abortion bad, Guns good, Gays bad, Jesus good.” And to seal the deal, he finds a running mate who’s literally the woman Karl Rove and Dick Cheney would have created if they had access to that computer in Weird Science.

At first glance, it would appear the old man had lost his aforementioned sack, but John McCain never changed his mind on any of these issues. By bending over for the Right, the man is simply taking another in a long series of bullets for his country. He sees that Washington is broken and he wants to fix it, but he knows that the only way he can win is by pandering to the same Philistines who voted for George W. Bush in 2004. So he’s doing just that. Then, once President, he will govern like the maverick he is. He will find common ground and run a pragmatic and sensible White House. And the base won’t even notice. (They didn’t realize that Bush failed to deliver on his promises, why start now?)

Ironically, McCain is pulling the same stunt that Bush pulled in 2000, but in reverse. Instead of running as a Compassionate Conservative and then taking a hard right, McCain is running as freedom-addicted religious fundamentalist supply-sider, with every intention to find a comfortable place in the middle once he’s passed the smell test of our country’s vast panoply of moron deciders.

That is why I support John McCain, because he’s taking one for the greater good. And like those five years in a Vietnamese prison camp, the man will not break. Fellow Americans, that is the true definition of Country First.

And that is why John McCain will get my vote in November.

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12 responses to “Why I’m Still Voting For McCain

  1. Samantha Joy

    You’re voting for McCain on the premise that he is not running on his platform, and will switch positions once elected?

    . . . Yeah, OK. Whatever.

  2. Really?

    Wendell,

    No offense, but you’re one confused soul.

    You claim to be conservative, but most of your positions (as stated above) are left of center. The remainder are, at best, moderate.

    For example, conservatives believe each of us (not just the rich) sends too much money to federal, state, and local tax collectors. The breakdown for 2007 federal income taxes alone was:

    · Top 50% of wage earners pay 97% of all federal income taxes
    · Top 25% pay 86% of all federal income taxes
    · Top 1% pay 37% of federal income taxes
    *Source: Internal Revenue Service, FY2007

    So, when the government “offers” us a tax break, guess what? That money, instead of being wasted by a profligate government bureaucracy, is being put back into the economy in the form of investments that fuel new growth and jobs.

    Who’s better at managing that money? You or the government? As confused as you are, I still believe you’d do more with it than they.

    Regarding your (mis)perception of McCain’s position on abortion … He is pro-life. He worked to get Sam Alito on the Supreme Court. Alito, a conservative jurist, firmly believes in a strict interpretation of the Constitution (read: no made-up rights). McCain’s stand on abortion is one of his few genuinely conservative positions.

    Anyway, I could go on, but clearing up your confusion about conservatism would be a full-time job. Thanks, but I already have one.

    I welcome your support of McCain, however. He is better than the alternative.

  3. Red

    If McCain had consistently remained a Maverick instead of transforming into a Panderer, I would vote for him. I really liked the McCain of old. He led the way to normalizing relations with Vietnam despite being tortured by his captors. In numerous other instances he stood up for his principles and the American people. But I don’t recognize McCain now. All I see is a man trying to leave one last footstep on history. One who is willing to do anything, and say anything to reach his goal. To rationalize his transformation and suggest McCain is the same man Maverick of old is to ignore what he has become: a hollow politician bought and sold by the corruption he fought against for so many years of his life.

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  5. Name

    Wow! So man colored voted for Bush based on his positons on abortions and same sex marriages. Question: Could Bush salone, change the laws that would prevent either from legally happening? NOOOOO…. Look around. Do you know anyone whose home has gone into forclosure because their employer down sized or simply closed and they are no longer able to make the payment? This election is not about whether the candidate believes in abortions, its about electing the candidate who can best help this countries economy. Our heavenly father is the ONLY one who can fix the mess-but since we must vote, Mccain is NOT the man for the critical task at hand.

  6. TheGigaShadow

    “That is why I support John McCain, because he’s taking one for the greater good. And like those five years in a Vietnamese prison camp, the man will not break.”

    Ummmm… except he totally broke.

    In August 1968, a program of severe torture began on McCain. He was subjected to rope bindings and repeated beatings every two hours, at the same time as he was suffering from dysentery. Further injuries led to the beginning of a suicide attempt, which was stopped by guards. AFTER FOUR DAYS, McCAIN MADE AN ANTI-AMERICAN PROPAGANDA “CONFESSION”. He has always felt that his statement was dishonorable, but as he would later write, “I had learned what we all learned over there: EVERY MAN HAS HIS BREAKING POINT. I HAD REACHED MINE.

    Other American POWs were similarly tortured and maltreated in order to extract “confessions” and propaganda statements, with many enduring even LONGER and WORSE treatment. Virtually all of the POWs who were tortured eventually yielded something to their captors.

  7. A reader

    You’re right. McCain IS ‘Country First’. I agree with you!

  8. Darius Sanchez

    I love McCain, you all can drown in a sea of Fried Chicken grease for all i care. (get it ‘cus Obama’s black)

  9. Anon

    Whoever is voting for Obama is blinded by his flowerly speech tactics. GO MCCAIN!

  10. LEE

    Where in the heck do you black men come from. LOL!

  11. clueless black democrat male

    i don’t get how a black person can, with a clear mind, vote for McCain. The GOP ticket clearly are not capable/ready to lead this country. I don’t get the whole black republican thing, unless you are in the military then perhaps?? If the republcian party was so good, why aren’t more african americans present??
    Signed clueless

  12. mondaygyrl

    I was not voting for McCain but had respect for him until he showed his leadership brought out the worst in a crowd.

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