Friday, January 16, 2009

The return of the Real McCain

Rick Santorum published an opinion piece in the Philadelphia Enquirer called The Elephant in the Room: McCain May be Obama's Secret Weapon. Here is the meat of it:

Obama was a candidate of scant accomplishment but grand promise. Promise won, but promising to be a unifying, transformational force creates high expectations. Rolling Republicans right away would shatter that Hollywood story line.

Obama also faces the reality of needing at least one Republican senator to join him to break filibusters. Many speculate that three moderate Republicans will provide the necessary Senate votes and the imprimatur of bipartisanship.

Still, Obama and the GOP moderates will not produce the kind of post-partisan harmony that Obama promised and the public now expects.

But I believe Obama has an ace in the hole among Senate Republicans. This unlikely ace can deliver not only the GOP moderates needed to break a filibuster, but also the stamp of bipartisanship: the 2008 GOP standard bearer, John McCain.

McCain was once the mainstream media darling, back when he joined Democrats on a host of issues. He prized his maverick moniker and used it to propel himself onto the national scene in the 2000 Republican presidential primary. Early in the Bush years, he shored up his status as the media's favorite Republican by opposing Bush on taxes and the environment.

But this love fest came to a halt when McCain became the front-runner for the GOP nomination. First he began to sound more like a conservative by altering his stands on immigration, the environment and taxes. Then he named Sarah Palin his running mate. It was too much for a media that had fallen head over heels for Obama. The media had a new darling.

In McCain's mind, however, losing the presidency will not be the final chapter of his life story. He knows the path to "Big Media" redemption. Working with the man who vanquished him in November will show them all the real McCain again.

Remember, it was this onetime prisoner of war who led the charge to open diplomatic relations with Vietnam. If that past is prologue, and McCain's legislative record is any guide, he will not just join with Obama but lead the charge in Congress on global warming, immigration "reform," the closing of Guantanamo, federal funding for embryonic-stem-cell research, and importation of prescription drugs.

But McCain won't stop there in his effort to rehabilitate himself in the media's - or maybe his own - eyes. He will forge common ground on a long list of initiatives that go far beyond where he has gone before, including the stimulus package.

This is why I and so many others shouted ourselves hoarse warning the Republican Party not to commit suicide by nominating this odious and detestable RINO to be our candidate in last year's election. But the party failed to listen to wisdom and so went down to an utterly predictable defeat.

Evidence that Mr. Santorum (who lost his bid for reelection to the United States Senate because he angered Pennsylvania conservatives by backing liberal RINO Arlen Specter in a primary fight against Reagan-conservative Pat Toomey) is likely correct in his analysis could be seen in the look of pure orgasmic bliss on John McCain's face during his concession speech as he spoke of how much he was looking forward to helping Barack Obama when he returned to the Senate. And why shouldn't McCain help Obama with his legislative agenda. He and the little messiah agree on a very broad range of issues.

Like Obama, McCain worships in the Church of Man-Made Global Warming. They line up side-by-side to receive green communion (baked in a carbon free solar oven) from its High Priest, Al Gore. Obama and McCain also agree on the issue of immigration reform. Both of them wish to see America's borders opened to an endless wave of Third World peasants who will come to the US and consume vast oceans of taxpayer dollars, lower wages, drive up crime and, once they complete the new streamlined path to citizenship, vote in such a way as to give the left wing of the Democrat party unbreakable control of every part of American government for at least the next 50 years.

Like Obama, McCain believes that the path out of our current economic difficulties is not to leave the market alone and let it self-correct (as it would do within 18 months to 2 years) then begin growing again. Instead the two of them believe that the path back to prosperity is massive government spending, you know the same strategy which Hoover and FDR used to turn the serious recession of 1929-1930 into the Great Depression of 1929-1950.

McCain agrees with the little messiah on other important issues like closing Gitmo and bringing the hard-core murdering terrorists warehoused there back to the US where they can be given full due process, just like American citizens. That this means most of them going free due to the fact that the evidence which proves their guilt cannot be revealed in open court without compromising important intelligence gathering sources and methods is of no concern. At least when you are a left-wing loon like Obama or a just-plain loon like McCain. After all it is far more important that America restore its reputation in the world by proving to every rogue-state Dictator and terrorist madman on the globe that we will do nothing effective to protect ourselves.

Yes, everything we know about John McCain tells us that the most enjoyable and rewarding part of his life will be acting as B. Hussein Obama's hand-puppet in the United States Senate.