What a phenomenon! A Republican United States senator is the
beneficiary of the get-out-the-vote efforts of one of the most liberal
Democratic congressmen in Michigan. John McCain, who won the New
Hampshire primary due in great part to snagging the majority of
independent votes, has now won the Michigan primary thanks to phone
banks manned by Democrats and the unions. It was an effort by those two
groups to embarrass Governor Engler, their political archenemy, by
giving his candidate, fellow Governor Bush, a drubbing.
That phenomenon happened in the New Hampshire primary as well. There,
McCain got 61 percent of the independents who chose to vote in the
Republican primary, while Bush received only 19 percent. Interestingly,
more independents in the Granite State picked a Republican ballot than a
Democratic one. In Michigan, according to
MSNBC, "Exit poll
interviews suggested that more than half of those who voted were
Democrats and independents and that McCain won an overwhelming share of
their votes." As a result of the New Hampshire and Michigan wins, McCain
now argues that his support among non-Republicans is a plus in the
November election. But the voting in the Michigan Republican primary was
vastly different than four years ago. This year, labor unions were
responsible for one-third of all primary voters, while another third
came from first time GOP primary voters. According to the New York
"McCain had ... an 8-to-1 advantage among Democrats, who made up almost
a fifth of the electorate, while four years ago, Republicans made up
almost two thirds of the total vote in the state's GOP primary." If both
of these groups would vote for him in November, McCain's argument would
be a good one; but they won't. They are messing in the other party's
primary because this isn't a war for the nomination; it's a war for the
whole enchilada. They are looking to weaken the Republican Party so that
come November the Republicans will not re-capture the White House and
will lose their majority in Congress. The Democrats' goal is the White
House and the Congress, and to win those two prizes they will
stop at nothing!
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Globe columnist Eileen McNamara was decrying the tendency of liberals
to support McCain and write off Bradley after New Hampshire when she
"We can't get in line fast enough in Massachusetts to take a Republican
ballot on March 7 to vote for a man (McCain) with whom we disagree on
just about everything, except campaign finance reform." But she made the
correct analysis. When push comes to shove on election day next
November, those liberal-thinking voters will not vote for a John McCain
over an Al Gore. Those Detroit autoworkers won't step into the voting
booth to cast their ballot for McCain over the AFL-CIO's handpicked
successor to Clinton. No amount of wishing by McCain and his supporters
will make it so!
It's time for those that do not want four more years of Clinton-lite
in the White House to sit up and take notice. No matter how many would
wish it were not so, the Republican primary is down to two men: George
W. Bush and John McCain. So let's take a good look at the white-haired
liberal masquerading as a Republican. It appears that the media won't do
it because they, unlike the Democrats, are enamored with McCain.
The media partiality is very evident. Even Boston Globe columnist
Robert A. Jordan wrote a
about McCain's free ride, which began, "If ever a presidential hopeful
were to get a free ride from the media, that candidate may be John
McCain." They get to sit on the bus with John McCain, eat his doughnuts,
and ask him inane questions, which he answers. Somehow, the media paints
a picture of an honest non-politician, which the American public starved
for non-triangulating, non-obfuscating, and heroic politicians, is
buying. But the picture isn't complete.
When asked what his biggest mistake was, John McCain quickly answered
the savings and loan scandal known as the Keating Five. It's interesting
that the media, which haunted Bush about drugs and other alleged
improprieties in his younger days, has yet to fully delve into McCain's
role in that financial scandal. Nor has the media even touched on the
senator's personal life.
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Cindy Hensley McCain, his second wife, is the daughter of a wealthy
beer distributor who is the second largest contributor to McCain's
election efforts throughout the years. The largest is U.S. West, whose
telecommunications business certainly is affected by the work done in
the Senate Commerce Committee, chaired by McCain.
Cindy McCain is the owner of all the McCain assets including their
Arizona home. The only exception is a $15,000 joint checking account.
Mrs. McCain is hardly an outsider to corporate America. She receives
approximately $1 million per year in dividends from Hensley & Company,
her father's beer distributorship, and owns approximately $1 million of
Anheuser Bush stock. We have seen McCain rail against tobacco and its
ability to destroy lives; why has he not shown the same concern about
But the most interesting item concerning Cindy McCain is that in
1994, Cindy McCain admitted to stealing Percocet and Vicodin, two
prescription barbiturates, from the American Voluntary Medical Team, a
Third World relief agency with whom she had been affiliated. The offense
was serious enough to merit jail time, but she was enrolled in an
alternative federal program.
McCain's appeal to non-Republicans is nothing new. He allies himself
with one of the most liberal senators, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, to
promote campaign finance reform. Their bill would stop most grass-roots
groups from influencing elections by denying them the right to campaign
during the last two months before election day. Yet, despite the
senator's populist attack against Washington special interests, his
campaigns have benefited greatly from all those corporations that
benefit from legislation that begins and ends in the Senate Commerce
In the summer of 1999, it was McCain who joined liberal Democrats in
co-sponsoring President Clinton's plan to snoop into everyone's
computer. According to
influential bipartisan Senate trio has introduced a bill intended to
stand as the Clinton administration's answer to House and Senate bills
that would relax government policy on encryption control and export."
The Republican alternative to the McCain/Kerry/Hollings bill would have
ended export controls and left computer privacy alone.
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Even though the media describe McCain as "opposed to gun control," he
was instrumental in passing the Lautenberg gun show amendment when he
led four other Republican senators and all the Democrats in bringing up
the mandatory gun show background check amendment, thus giving the
Democrats the votes they needed to pass a more onerous gun control bill.
Given his positions on such basic freedoms as speech, gun rights and
personal privacy, McCain is hardly a Republican worthy of the Reagan
mantle. Cindy Costa, a Republican committeewoman from South Carolina
summed up McCain's political strategy in the Feb. 23 Washington
Times, "What you
are seeing is a liberal attempt to take over our party by having
Democrats determine our nominee."
McCain's message to Michigan Democratic voters clearly had a money
back guarantee: "Even if you vote in Tuesday's Republican primary, you
can still participate in future Democratic Party political activity."
And we can all rest assured that most of those McCain voters will do
just that on Nov. 7 -- vote a straight Democratic Party ticket.