Note to Sen. John McCain: There is a reason why nobody likes Darth
Vader. He is evil.
Having said that, allow me to be one of the first — if not the
first — columnist in this country to call McCain what he is: A
two-faced scoundrel who, like President Bill Clinton, is attempting to
win the presidency no matter what he has to do.
I don’t know who the genius was that established open GOP primaries
in some states — so that Democrats and the politically non-aligned
could “register” as “Republicans” and vote in a primary in which they
have no interest whatsoever — but McCain is using that process to steal
the GOP nomination.
That just bites. There is no better way to say it.
There have been loads of rumors circulating as to who is most
responsible for this. Some pundits have suggested that this is a
Democratic coup attempt to thwart the candidacy of Texas Gov. George
Others have even conspiratorially suggested that indeed this
is a Democrat Party effort, but that in reality it is to thwart
McCain’s campaign because Democrats would rather face Bush
in November. But come on — what Democrat in his or her right mind would
want to face a strong, likable conservative candidate in a
No, make no mistake about it — this “effort” to hijack the GOP
nomination is hook, line and sinker a McCain campaign effort. They have
admitted as much.
So forget about Democratic conspiracy theories about controlling the
outcome of the GOP election.
But what really bites about this is the fact that McCain the
Reformer, who has also criticized Clinton’s “win-no-matter-what”
attitude towards politics, is practicing exactly the same theme, albeit
in a rather unique and, well, destructive way. Ironic that we may end up
needing to “reform” the reformer.
The problem that McCain may be too arrogant to see is that he will
neither win the nomination nor will he endear himself to the Republican
Party who, I assume, he will need again down the road if he intends to
run for reelection to the Senate. Unlike Pat Buchanan who left the GOP,
perhaps the Republican Party ought to abandon McCain. The Republican
Party leadership doesn’t need a turncoat who’s willing to enlist the
enemy just to “win.”
McCain also seems much too enamored with himself to even admit that
what he’s doing is probably destroying his own base in order to save it
— along with the presidential primary process.
For one thing, nearly all of the Democrats and many of the
Independents whom he says he is “wooing” into the Big Tent GOP for his
November coup is farcical nonsense. Most of them are — and remain —
diehard liberals who would rather sit out the election at home than cast
a ballot for any Republican candidate in the fall. Thousands have
said so; they will not be there for the GOP later on.
For another thing, in each of McCain’s victories in the primaries,
Bush repeatedly has commanded huge majorities of the true conservative
vote — precisely the base any GOP candidate will need in the fall to
defeat Vice President Al Gore, the likely opponent.
In the end, Bush will reign supreme while McCain — because of his
own selfish interests — will be relegated to second-class status, even
to the point that a year from the election most Americans won’t even
remember who Bush ran against for the nomination.
In his wake, however, McCain will have created a monster — a monster
that will forever skew the primary process. Though political parties and
party politics often operate outside of true representative democracy,
members ought to at least be able to pick their own candidate for
What this country may end up with is a generation of presidents who
have no substantial majority support among any constituency in the
nation. Boy, that’s real representation, isn’t it?
Thanks, John. You’re a cheat, a hypocrite and a phony. You deserve
the obscurity you’re sure to get and the derision that comes with
knowing liberals have played you like a lotto ticket.