Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Lewis, Bachmann voice conservative angst

On Wednesday's Jason Lewis Show (100.3 KTLK-FM), Lewis, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN6), and several callers expressed their frustration at John McCain's lack of walking the conservative walk.

After pledging as president to veto any bill that contains earmarks, McCain voted (with Barack Obama) in favor of the $800 billion lender bail-out bill, which one caller called "the mother of all earmark bills."

In March, the New York Times reported, "McCain Rejects Broad U.S. Aid on Mortgages." At Tuesday's town-hall debate, McCain proposed a $300 billion government mortgage buyout plan. Even Obama called the plan "costly and out of touch."

Bachmann said that she was almost "breaking pencils" during the debate as McCain passed up several golden opportunities to make the conservative case against Obama's liberal positions.

As McCain runs toward the middle, he is running away from the conservative base of the Republican party — you know, the likely voters who man the phone banks, drop literature, pound lawn signs. When he announced Sarah Palin as his running mate, and Palin made her national debut in Saint Paul last month, McCain enjoyed a post-convention bump in poll numbers, fundraising, and volunteer enthusiasm. Post bail-out, McCain's poll numbers are sagging along with grassroots morale. It will be interesting to see how many show up to McCain's (Palin-less) Lakeville town hall meeting on Friday.

Conservatives are afraid that "change is coming," alright: socialism, regardless of who wins in November.

Lewis urged frustrated conservatives to redouble their efforts to support solid conservatives down-ticket, to rebuild the Republican party from the grassroots up. One caller speculated about a Palin-Bachmann ticket in 2012.

2 comments:

Brent said...

It will be interesting to see how many show up to McCain's (Palin-less) Lakeville town hall meeting on Friday.

I'd say about 2,000 show up

Conservatives are afraid that "change is coming," alright: socialism, regardless of who wins in November.

So, your choice is 100% socialism, or 50% socialism? Who do you vote for? Is this really a hard choice for conservatives?

Jim Rongstad said...

Did anyone honestly believe McCain would actually be a conservative? His record of "reaching across the aisle" is a euphemism for being what he is, a big government Republican.

In my opinion 50% socialism is worse than 100% socialism, because the failures of 50% socialism will be blamed on the free market. Just as the financial mess which is due to government action is being blamed on the free market.

So 50% socialism winds guaranteeing 100% socialism while discrediting the free market unjustly.

As you may guess I'm not voting for McCain. But I'm not voting for Obama either.