McCain Supporting Shadeeg

by Mike on February 1, 2006

in Politics

John McCain is not a favorite of the Axis of Right but I commend him for his strong support of John Shadegg for Majority Leader. Few Republicans are as solid on curbing wasteful spending as John McCain. McCain’s support should give the Axis-endorsed John Shadegg a boost.

I will remember this in the 2008 primary. (Don’t get your hopes up Smigel you still have along way to go).

Link to Hotline via the Corner

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Sal February 1, 2006 at 5:12 pm

For all the crap we give McCain, he’s not all bad. True, he can be a royal pain on many issues, but he’s pro-life, strong on defense, strong on fiscal responsibility, and strong on Judges. This endorsement is encouraging and promising, but McCain is still not presidential material.


noonan February 1, 2006 at 8:21 pm

Except Pro-Life. McCain is pro-choice, & we’ve really yet to see whether he’s strong on judges or not. Also, what exactly has he done lately to bolster fiscal responsibility?


Sal February 1, 2006 at 10:32 pm

I disagree, Noonan. John McCain is not pro-choice, he is basically pro-life with a few exceptions. He believes Roe v. Wade should be overturned, with the usual round of exceptions (Rape, Danger of life of mother, etc). He has voted for the ban on Partial Birth Abortion, voted for a ban on abortion on military bases, voted against public financing of abortion, etc. I would agree that he isn’t necessarily the strongest of the pro-life Senators, and he may even be a bit wishy-washy on the subject (as he is on many other things), but in the grand scheme of things, he is generally pro-life, not pro-choice.

As far as fiscal responsibility, he is currently calling for massive reforms on earmarks, and has been harshly criticizing the earmarks of Sen. Stevens (Bridge to nowhere) and other pork projects of the highway bill and farm bill. He has teamed up with Sen. Coburn to try and force a vote on the Senate floor for every earmark project this year.

Believe me, I am no fan of John McCain’s. He has been, and continues to be a major annoyance in pursuing the conservative agenda, and he is too in love with the spotlight. But in the grand scheme of things, he is decent. He doesn’t fall in the Chaffee, Snowe, Collins, Specter camp, but more in the Graham, Hegel, Luger camp.

To put it bluntly, I’d never support McCain in a primary, but if he made it to the General election (especially against Hillary), I would campaign hard and fight for him, because although he is far from perfect, I think we could do a lot worse.


noonan February 2, 2006 at 10:58 am

Didn’t realize he had called for a vote on each earmark on the floor. That is a good idea for both dealing with allegations of unethical earmarking and reining in some spending.

His voting record on abortion, is as you say, basically Pro-Life with a few exceptions. But if you look at those exceptions, its hard to understand what his underlying coherent philosophy on the issue is. His voting record, at:
demonstrates he’s largely Pro-Life, yes. But his votes to use embryos for Parkinson research and his abstentions from the vote endorsing Roe, both times, seems hard to miss. Still, he is definitely not a RINO.

I would be open to the possibility of supporting McCain in the general election if he makes promises to appoint Pro-Life, strict constructionist judges, especially to the Supreme Court.

His support of Shadeeg is commendable, but that maybe an AZ thing mostly. With the exception of Dreier, everyone else who is vying for the position also has 100% pro-life voting records.e


Mike February 2, 2006 at 3:13 pm

The Roe v. Wade abstentions appear to have been on sense of the senate resolutions whihc are non-binding. Those two votes occurred in October, 1999, the height of the 2000 primary race. He was away from Washington campaigning for President, not ducking the issue.

Like most readers and posters on this site, I oppose embryonic stem cell research. Life begins at conception. In that sense, McCain disappoints me. McCain also disappoints me on many other issues, particularly his attempt to water down the First Amendment.

McCain is not Presidential material, but he has my vote for president if he is the Republican nominee, especially against She Who Must Not Be Named.


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