My dog for the day
Day by Day says it all, for those of us who are actual Conservatives.
Mitt Romney, the "moderate" governor of one of the most liberal states in the Union, was sadly the last, best hope for a candidate that I didn't absolutely hate. He quit yesterday.
It's frickin' sad and sorry when the so-called conservative party in the United States is presenting me with a choice between:
A) A literal madman.
B) A theocrat.
C) A tax-and-spend, gun-grabbing, anti-free-speech, pro-illegal-immigrant socialist.
Every choice I have is poisoned.
OK, enough venting.
What will I do?
I will not vote for Mike Huckabee in the Texas primary. He's a theocrat who wishes to amend the Constitution to support a particularly fundamentalist Protestant set of ideas, and I have no desire to live in the country he would create. Besides which, he's not terribly electable.
Ron Paul, I will vote against. Isolationism didn't work in 1936, and it won't work now.
John McCain is the alternative to the Wilderness. He may, or at least I hope, appoint judges who will be more interested in interpreting the law (vice judicially legislating, Democrat-style) than Hillary or Obama. And on the issues, I find little glimmers of hope that make me think that he is at least better than Hillary Clinton. The dog bites--but it bites less than do either of the Democratic dogs. And if I must have a dog. . .
Ultimately, I have two choices.
a) vote for John McCain
b) vote for Hillary Clinton/Barak Obama (to me they are nearly interchangable)
I can't "just stay home" in good conscience. That's abdicating my responsibilities as a United States citizen and free man. And while it might be worth it to vote for the greater evil as a means of letting America get precisely what we deserve for being so addicted to the government teat, there is a minor problem.
We are a nation at war. Or at least, I'm at war. The majority of the people in this country are at the mall. But I am at war and will be for the foreseeable future. John McCain will fight this war. Clinama (my neologism to indicate that I don't actually CARE who gets the Democrat nomination) will not. Clinama will surrender Iraq and by extension the entire Middle East to al-Qaeda and others of that ilk. After that, it is anyone's guess what the consequences will be, but they will be bad, because even our allies are halfway to surrender. That's the real deal breaker, and any so-called American who isn't thinking in those terms needs to do a serious self-assessment.
Foreign and Domestic, who jokingly endorses Clinton on the grounds that the last three candidates he endorsed dropped out.
Dr. Jerry Pournelle, who is so conservative he makes me look positively fluffy, endorses McCain--tentatively.
Lawdog reminds us that whoever gets elected as Prez, we need to remember that he can only sign laws created by Congress--and there are some conservatives running for Congress still.