Scott Johnson and Paul Mirengoff at Powerline, in a post titled “ABM,” underscore the public political suicide conducted by John McCain yesterday:
[SCOTT] I have long admired John McCain and wanted to like him as a presidential candidate. I’ve been rereading his remarkable memoir Faith of My Fathers in the hope that the time might come when I could pay tribute to his manifest gifts. I’ve reserved judgment on the relative merits of the three major Republican candidates. Never mind.
Usually a presidential candidate waits at least to secure his party’s nomination before he reaches beyond (sells out) his party’s base. It seems to me that for those of us who have kept an open mind on Senator McCain, hoping that he might pay us that minimal respect, the time has come to check out on his candidacy. Claiming paternity of the prospective immigration amnesty along with Senator Kennedy and others today, Senator McCain has saved me the traditional buyer’s remorse. Pending further developments, I’ve narrowed the field of acceptable Republican candidates. I’m opting for Anybody But McCain.
PAUL concurs: For me, it’s down to Giuliani, Romney, and Fred Thompson if he enters. Some will defend the position of the Senate Republicans in this matter on the grounds that they don’t have the 40 votes to stop immigration reform so they had to cut a deal. I don’t find the defense very persuasive and, in any case, it’s not available to McCain. He’s a big reason why Senate Republicans don’t have the 40 votes. That may be leadership, but it’s not the kind we need.
GOP Leader McConnell has got to recognize the spreading disaster and call a very public halt to it, and do so with transparency, something along the lines of “Well, we tried, but it is clear that our party is opposed to the only bill the Democrats would allow to get to the floor, so it is shelved until after 2008. The presidential candidates will have to debate it as will our respective parties, but the GOP is for border security first.” There is absolutely no need to stand next to John McCain as the sinkhole brought about by his contempt for the party he seeks to lead widens and widens.
My Townhall.com column, “Damning The Jam Down,” has the contact numbers and e-mails for all the GOP senators.