McCain’s Victory Over Extremism

John McCain’s decisive victory over the Mike Huckabee this week officially locked him into the position of Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. Predictably, many traditional, aka extremist, Republicans continued to warble on about their concerns over McCain’s more compassionate brand of conservatism. Equally as predictable has been the way in which certain media personalities are now having to backtrack somewhat regarding their hostility to the Arizona Senator – prime example, Sean Hannity. 

Many of the radio talkshow hosts had put their eggs in Mitt Romney’s basket – demonstrating the kind of myopia of which they often accuse the bubble-dwelling liberals. Hannity and Limbaugh are the ones who have been living in a bubble during the Republican primaries. Their support for Romney only demonstrated how far out of touch they are with the ordinary Republican and independent voters. It is almost incredulous to think that pundits such as these honestly believed Romney had any chance of winning a general election; and yet, they persisted in criticizing McCain and tried, in vain, to paint a picture of him as not conservative enough.

These primaries have demonstrated who has their finger on the pulse of many Americans, Republican and independents alike. It is Senator McCain, who stuck to his guns when many were about to read the last rites to his flagging campaign last year. Hannity and Limbaugh are woefully out of touch with the real world, having spent too long listening to the few sycophants surrounding them who pander to their views and laugh at their feeble attempts at humour. Hannity is like a playground bully – his coverage of the primaries and his obvious disdain for McCain and Huckabee, as shown through his abusive comments, derogatory tone and blatent disregard of the facts (eg McCain’s very clear conservative record), further highlighted his ignorance and self-love. Like a bully, who has been outed, Hannity is now in a position of weakness. His confidence must be at an all-time low, since the voters did not listen to him but made it crystal clear that his influence is on the wane.

The important question many Republicans (et al.) have to ask themselves is why so many ‘important’ Republican figures were prepared to lose the White House rather than have a candidate who did not espouse all of their views. It was almost inevitable that Romney would have lost in a battle against either Democratic candidate. Romney was not even a true conservative onmost issues until very recently (rather conveniently).

Old school Republicans have to face up to the facts. The political world is always changing – extreme right-wing views on every issue will not be popular with the majority of voters, nor the majority of Republicans. McCain’s brand of conservatism is the new Republican party which will triumph in the general election if Clinton or Obama continue to march to the beat of the extreme left-wing of the Democratic party.

Tony Blair reinvented the Labour Party in the UK, my native land, and they have dominated the political landscape for over a decade. the Republican party has to appeal to more moderate voters if it is to hold on to the Oval office. John McCain has always been the most obvious candidate to appeal to a wide range of voters.

Thank goodness the voters in the Republican party primaries made the right decision in choosing McCain. He is the right choice for a party hoping to win the election; he is the right choice for America, a nation needing courage, integrity, and grit in its next leader; he is the right choice for the leader of the free world, where democracy is facing increasingly grave threats.

Congratulations, John McCain for proving the doubters wrong and for giving hope to those of us who are not American citizens that the US will elect a President in November who will continue to fight for freedom around the world.

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