Friday, April 15, 2005

McCain - Ending His Presidential Hopes - Exposing His Ignorance

Sen. John McCain yesterday, in an interview with Chris Matthews has stated that he would not support his party in their efforts to stop the filibuster of judicial nominees. And the reasons he offers reflect a singular myopia:
MATTHEWS: So you will vote with the Democrats?

MCCAIN: Yes, because I think we have got to sit down and work this thing out. Look, we won't always be on the majority. I say to my conservative friends, some day there will be a liberal Democrat president and a liberal Democrat Congress. Why? Because history shows it goes back and forth. I don't know if it's a hundred years from now, but it will happen. And do we want a bunch of liberal judges approved by the Senate of the United States with 51 votes if the Democrats are in the majority?

Second of all, we ought to be able to work it out. Third of all I don't want to shut down the Senate. We're in a war. We're in a war. Shouldn't we be doing the people's business?

I don't know where to begin with this. This answer presumes that the Democrats can hear reason when it comes to judges. They won't. They showed it with Tom Daschle and they are doing it again with Harry Reid. They insist on blocking nominees based upon their political philosophies, and smear the reputations of these decent people, calling them racists, among other things. That's not the rhetoric of rational people.

And the Democrats are losing off-year elections. They should have gained in 2002, but failed to do so. Instead, Republicans regained the Senate and expanded their control of the House. Similarly, Republicans made substantial gains in 2004, when the President appeared to be in peril. If anyone presumes that President Bush is not going to pull in 2006 the same act he pulled in 2002, they are fools. And McCain realizes that by saying that the return of their control may be a century away. That may be a bit far, but I somehow doubt that Democrats of today are still holding ill will towards Republicans for Teddy Roosevelt's hold on power in the early 1900s.

But let's presume for a second that doing nothing would foster good will with the Dems. Does anyone recall the courtesies granted to the Republicans by the Democrats after Jim Jeffords bolted the party in 2001? At the beginning of that Congress, the Democrats demanded power-sharing because the Republicans retained control of the Senate only because of Dick Cheney's vote as President of the Senate. Their ceaseless cries, harmonized with those from the mainstream media, that they get equal committee representation, etc. resulted in Trent Lott's predictable caving-in, and granting them those undeserved concessions. But they never granted Republicans those same courtesies after Jeffords left. In fact, they only turned up the heat. Any courtesy a Republican does to these Democrats is a slight to himself. The Democrats do not remember kindness and have no respect for social courtesies. They are about expanding their hold on power and destroying those who impede their access to it. Courtesies only slow that down.

If McCain presumes that the Dems will somehow be more cordial if the filibuster is not stopped, then he truly is clueless about his colleagues on the other side of the aisle.

Then, acknowledging that we are in a time of war, he says that he does not want to be responsible for shutting down the Senate. But he would not be. That would be an act of the Democrats. And if they shut down the Senate because the President was not required to nominate judges who agree with their world view, thus hampering business that impinged upon the war and its successful outcome, they would face an unholy wrath in 2006. The midwest states would purge their blue senators.

And, of course, when McCain asks the question "Shouldn't we be doing the people's business", it makes one wonder if he believes that the appointment of competent judges to the federal bench and the debate as to whether politics should even play a role in the process is "the people's business."

We always knew that John McCain likes to be difficult, mainly towards his own party, and that he likes to be loved by the Democrats. And he may have succeeded at both. But in going for that cheap plastic trophy, he trashed the biggie; Senator McCain has effectively placed himself outside the realm of those who can be nominated for the presidency--at least on the Republican ticket.


Blogger That Dude said...

I dont like John "Media Whore" McCain as much as the next conservative, but I have a feeling this whole filibuster business will come back to bite us in the ass in the long run. I think the Dems are being totally unreasonable, however I think with rank n file people out there this issue has no traction and therefore not worth the fight.

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