my good friend, defiant infidel, pointed out that some may have missed the chart i so painstakingly put together. so i have posted each of the three pages in image form or you may download the actual pdf to make for easier reading. Download romney_vs_mccain.pdf.
don't get me wrong, i realize that it's not the most exhaustive of comparisons, but it does show those things that should be of most concern to we conservatives. please note that i did not say "neo-conservatives" as in my opinion that term is oxymoronic at best.
as g-man noted as his place, there are several of us blogging to stop this runaway train that mccain is riding - notice i said riding - he is NOT the one who's driving this train it's the msm! rush is speaking the loudest and, per usual, making a great amount of sense - and besides, he's finally joined up with what i've been saying for months and months - glad he's finally seen the light :)
anyway, it's important to understand that republican party unity is NOT the most important thing at this time. adhering to the conservative principles of our founders is the most important thing - and mcvain just is NOT the guy that can do it.
did you catch the segment with david frum on tucker carlson last friday? click here to watch the whole video from newsbusters. the pertinent part of the exchange (imho) is this:
TUCKER CARLSON: ...John McCain is way more liberal than I am on a lot of things, and very annoying about it, often, from my point of view. But as a man, name another candidate who you'd like your son to grow up to be. Name one -- ever.
FRUM: You're right, he's an impressive guy; he's an impressive guy.
CARLSON: So what is this about? Other conservatives do not seem to feel the way I feel.
FRUM: People tend not to love those who don't love them back.
CARLSON: That's very . . . deep and true.
FRUM: John McCain has made it very clear over the last half-dozen years: he does not love the Republican party. He'll put up with it. He'll tolerate it. If they will follow him he will consent to lead them. But he does not love this party, and the party knows it. Plus there are the substantive issues, of which immigration is far and away the most important; it is a hugely important issue.
And a bit later . . .
FRUM: McCain doesn't just try to explain to the party why he disagrees. His method is to explain to the party why not only does he disagree, but they are racist and wrong and stupid for thinking the way they do, and people never like that.
And yet a bit later . . .
FRUM: He's not interested in the project of saving conservatism in the Republican party. He is really trying to build a personal movement with the Republican party as its vehicle.
mark finkelstein is dead-on in identifying how arrogant and nasty mccain behaves towards the conservative base. then i received my "rush in a hurry" email and read this (well i heard it too, but easier to cut & paste and i'm basically pretty lazy) from rush:
"When a "maverick" is on our side denouncing our side, running against Republicans, the Drive-By Media loves him. Do we let the NY Times and Washington Post pick our candidate? The maverick is not a maverick. The maverick is with the majority, and he's swimming very easily with the tide. "
i also heard a soundbite from some woman on rush's show (can't remember who it was and i can't find it on his site yet) who said something to the effect that she was amazed that mccain thought he could win this thing. that he had so far captured some moderate dems and independents, but unless he captured the conservative base he didn't stand a chance. she's absolutely correct - and he's not really trying to capture we conservatives - he just seems to think we're going to line up behind him because of party unity. fat chance.
look, i'm not denigrating john mccain. i just don't understand all the people jumping on the mccain bandwagon. he's not a conservative, folks - not by any stretch of the imagination.
the good (and i use that in the least unflattering manner) senator lied about mitt romney having a timetable for withdrawal. it was proven to be a lie and even acknowledged to be inaccurate by most of the msm and yet STILL mccain persists in saying it. he has also been lying about why he opposed the bush tax cuts. he clearly thinks we are stupid and that we should just shut up and kiss him.
romney won the caucuses in maine due to a huge turn out of conservatives that no one predicted. he garnered 53% of the vote there while mcvain got only 21%. and while i realize that this straw poll will not have any real bearing until the spring, it does show that people are not simply willing to accept mccain as the inevitable nominee. we're not going to take this one lying down.
so if you're in a super tuesday state, get out there and vote against mccain. make certain to make your voice heard. me, i'll be wearing my favorite shirt and talking to everyone i see and reminding them that a vote for mccain is just a vote against the constitution; same as voting for a democrat would be - no difference.
did you catch this ad on fox news channel last thursday? neither did i - mainly because i'm not watching any news outlets because they all sicken me - but this is a great, accurate ad. of course, mccain - in the best clinton mode he can muster - will cry foul because [apparently] even if it's the truth it's bashing if you're talking about john mccain.
one last thing - also in my "rush in a hurry" email was a couple of great quotes. this one from ronald reagan from 1975 seems especially apropos:
"I'm impatient with those Republicans who -- after the last election -- rushed into print saying we must broaden the base of our party, when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents."
hey, i'm still hoping for a brokered convention, but for now, i'm with mitt!