I’ve continuously bemoaned John McCain’s frontrunner status in the GOP primary race and have held forth with friends and family as to just what bothers me about Ol’ Straight-Talkin’ John. Rather than repeat myself, though, I’ll let Mark Levin’s editorial at NRO do my talking for me.
Letâ€™s get the largely unspoken part of this out the way first. McCain is an intemperate, stubborn individual, much like Hillary Clinton. These are not good qualities to have in a president. As I watched him last night, I could see his personal contempt for Mitt Romney roiling under the surface. And why? Because Romney ran campaign ads that challenged McCainâ€™s record? Is this the first campaign in which an opponent has run ads questioning another candidateâ€™s record? Thatâ€™s par for the course. To the best of my knowledge, Romneyâ€™s ads have not been personal. He has not even mentioned the Keating-Five to counter McCain’s cheap shots. But the same cannot be said of McCainâ€™s comments about Romney.
Last night McCain, who is the putative frontrunner, resorted to a barrage of personal assaults on Romney that reflect more on the man making them than the target of the attacks. McCain now has a habit of describing Romney as a â€œmanager for profitâ€ and someone who has â€œlaid-offâ€ people, implying that Romney is both unpatriotic and uncaring. Moreover, he complains that Romney is using his â€œmillionsâ€ or â€œfortuneâ€ to underwrite his campaign. This is a crass appeal to class warfare. McCain is extremely wealthy through marriage. Romney has never denigrated McCain for his wealth or the manner in which he acquired it. Evidently Romneyâ€™s character doesnâ€™t let him to cross certain boundaries of decorum and decency, but McCainâ€™s does. And what of managing for profit? When did free enterprise become evil? This is liberal pablum which, once again, could have been uttered by Hillary Clinton.
Letâ€™s face it, none of the candidates are perfect. They never are. But McCain is the least perfect of the viable candidates. The only one left standing who can honestly be said to share most of our conservative principles is Mitt Romney. I say this as someone who has not been an active Romney supporter. If conservatives donâ€™t unite behind Romney at this stage, and become vocal in their support for him, then they will get McCain as their Republican nominee and probably a Democrat president. And in either case, we will have a deeply flawed president.
Go ye and read the whole thing. Then try not to get depressed.