Derailing the Straight Talk Express:
Why John McCain Must Be Stopped

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Joe Carter

Joe Carter founded Evangelical Outpost in 2005. He is the web editor for First Things and an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. A fifteen-year Marine Corps veteran, he previously served as the managing editor for the online magazine Culture11 and The East Texas Tribune. Joe has also served as the Director of Research and Rapid Response for the Mike Huckabee for President campaign and as a director of communications for both the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and Family Research Council. He is the co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicaton.

  • Jim Anderson

    “McCain has a tendency to throw his support behind measures that, while well-intentioned, overstep the legitimate authority of the federal government.”
    Which potential GOP or Democratic frontrunner hasn’t?

  • Doug

    I stopped voting, it only encourages them.

  • Justin Thibault

    The Republican Party would have strength lasting into the 2010s if it hadn’t been for the workings of Rove and others in South Carolina in 2000 ( The 2000 election would have been a landslide and Republicans would have operated on a strong mandate. Instead, we had to depend on the Supreme Court.
    Now, a strong Democratic candidate in 2008 could likely be having their mail sent to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The Republicans’ success is dependent on whether or not the more politically inept side of the Democratic Party controls the message.
    I have no doubt that a President McCain would have angered many social conservatives by not “pushing” matters that mattered to them. But answer me this, what issue close to hearts of Christian Conservatives would he not have backed that President Bush did? Also, would we have the same deficit? Would we have followed the same tactics in Iraq?
    John McCain’s popularity with the Middle, some of the Left, and all but the far-Right of political spectrum could have gotten a lot done for the Conservative cause.

  • Kevin T. Keith

    . . . a Constitutionally-suspect unmitigated disaster.
    I agree. Anyone who would do this is unfit for office.

  • Mumon

    This is already stale. McCain’s record is coming out, and he’s as popular with righties as Hilary is with lefties. They’ve been “anointed” by the Washington insiders, but the grassroots has other ideas.
    Chuck Hagel’s the guy to watch.

  • Scott

    Hagel has a better chance running as a Democrat than he has as a Republican. He is approaching RINO status.
    I agree with the annointment statement, though. Which of our last President’s were actually the pick of the media and the power players?
    Bush – first and second elections, no
    Clinton – first election, no. Second, yes.
    Bush 41 – Yes
    Reagan – first election, no. Second, yes
    Carter – no
    Nixon – first election – no, second, heck, no, according to the power players.
    And so on.
    It appears that America doesn’t trust Washington and its spawn. Look for a governor. Allen, maybe, because he was a governor. But if the perception has changed to he is more insider than outsider, he’s out.
    McCain is very popular with the media, and he is working hard for the nomination. It probably won’t be enough.

  • Bud Brown

    Those who John McCain personally, or who have followed his career from his discharge to military service, through the unseemly politics of Phoenix, across a devastated family, and on into Congress know what a creep this guy really is.
    He is Bill Clinton with a military record.

  • Alexander Scott

    When was the last time a senator was elected president? JFK I believe – since then it has been governors and veeps. McCain seems an unlikely candidate to buck that trend, Chuck Hagel even less so. The modern presidency demands a successful executive internship, putting forward one’s own agenda and standing or falling on one’s record. I would also say that a certain optimistic but bland charisma is necessary for the job; it may be that the electorate wants to balance the power of the Presidency with a personality that seems unlikely to abuse it.
    Senators pool responsibility for their actions; any appreciation for insightful and daring legislation is spread among members of the Senate while any negative attention is smeared on all members, regardless of merit. Legislators also acquire the tendency to govern through compromise, which isn’t an electoral positive in today’s polarized climate (a good compromise just makes everyone mad).
    I predict that Republicans will nominate a governor for 2008 (as I’ve said before, my money’s on Mitt, although a serious terror attack would push forward Giuliani, another successful executive). I also think that if Hilary were serious about being President, she would be governor of New York for a term or two.

  • Ken

    I remember Ross Perot. The guy who put Bill & Hillary in the White House. (There’s a book called Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms by a professional campaign manager that described what it was like to work for Ross Perot — Dilbert’s Pointy Haired Boss had nothing on Perot for autocratic whim and bloated ego.)
    In 1992, my parents had “accepted Ross Perot as their Personal LORD and Savior” — that was the only way to describe it. When I visited them in the summer of that year, they spent the entire visit in high-pressure “Witnessing!” to me — again, that was the only way to describe it.

  • BSR

    Gov. Mike Huckabee is the only true social and fiscal conservative in the race. Learn more about him and see why he’s going to be the GOP’s go-to guy for 2008.