I Get Emails: Conservative McLoathing Of McCain

During the last week, I’ve talked to people who really just don’t get how much opposition there is to John McCain in the Republican Party and who believe, incorrectly, that pretty much the entire conservative movement will come around and support him if he’s the nominee.

Granted, most conservatives will back McCain, but there will be millions who don’t. If you don’t believe that now, you will after taking a look at some of the emails that I received this morning from Townhall readers in response to my Why You’re Going To Vote For John McCain In November And Like It column,

I WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR JOHN MCCAIN. I WILL SIT OUT THIS ELECTION IF HE IS THE NOMINEE OR I MAY WRITE IN MITT ROMNEYS NAME. MCCAIN STANDS FOR NOTHING I STAND FOR.

Dear Mr. Hawkins,

If It’s McCain, I Abstain

Time to draw that proverbial line in the sand.

Once again the Republican Base is being asked to “hold your nose” and “vote for the lesser of two evils”, then endure the mushroom treatment syndrome in the aftermath.

Not this time. Not for this guy.

I’m 57 years old, vote every two years and have only cast ballots for Republican candidates.

I’ve never voted for a Democrat. Never will….

Some conservatives may follow your advice but I am sorry I will NOT. I have voted in every prresidential election since 1960 but if McCain is the nominee and there is not a third party candidate I can vote for I will stay at home in ’08.

McCain makes Hillary Clinton look almost acceptable. He is wrong on every issue.

You mentioned holding you nose and voting. I can’t do that because the stench will be so great coming from the precinct with these two on the ballot I will be unable to get near the voting booth.

No, I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR McCAIN and MANY of my friends feel the same way!!!

Go read some of the economic forcasts from non-cheerleader economists. The next 2 years at least will be a mess. If McCain were to win the Republicans would continue to have blame heaped on them. He’ll be a one-term president.

Years of pragmatism and short sighted self interest and bending on principle have put us in this position. We need to take our medicine and endure a Democrat presidency. The bonus is that they take the heat for it and we’d likely see a repeat of the 94 congressional resurgence.

There’s a price to be paid eventually for taking the easy way out all these years. Now is the time to pay it.

YOU MADE SOME EXCELLENT POINTS, BUT MY HUSBAND AND I DECIDED A WAYS BACK THAT WE WILL N E V E R VOTE FOR MC CAIN. NEVER! IF THE COUNTRY IS GOING TO GO DOWNHILL, LET IT BE BECAUSE ONLY THE DEMOCRATS CAN BE BLAMED, NOT A SO-CALLED REPUBLICAN LIKE MC CAIN.

SUPPORT JOHN MCCAIN ?

WHEN PIGS FLY..

No way in hell we will ever vote for McCain.Some might we won’t.McCain and illegal immigration?Juan Hernandez case closed!!! Have a nice day!

I will not vote at all if John McCain is the nominee. I am so sick and tired of hearing about this man being a HERO> yes he was a POW but that alone does not make a HERO. Secondly, he was awarded a position of leadership in the Navy by rank and time in grade. Let us remember that the military is governed by the UCMJ and for any one under his command to refuse an order would lead up to a courts martial or at least Captains Mast un-like having to be a true leader in the private community.

So—we must select a lesser evil? I do not plan to vote for McCain because he is a media conservative, but because he is a despicable man.

NOT! I have great contempt for those that vote for the Clintons even thought they hate them, and their sleazy ways. I’d be the ultimate hypocrite in voting for John McCain. He is the Republican’s own “Clinton,”and frankly, I don’ think he could stand up to the relentless abuse that President Bush has endured.

I don’t believe McCain will appoint good judges. In fact I don’t believe he is a conservative at all. He has done more damage in congress that both of his democratic opponents together. I will not vote for the man. McCain will not will the general election because many conservatives will just stay home on election day. If he is the republican candidate come November I think I will leave the Republican party and be an independant.

I will sit out this election before I would vote for Juan McCain. Let Hillary have her way while we find a real conservative that will put the final nail in the Liberal coffin. Possibly Newt. I have voted for more then 50 years and McCain is the first one I couldn’ hold my nose and pull the lever. NEVER – NEVER – NEVER

Sorry, John. No sale. There is no guarantee McCain will accomplish any of the things you suggest. Once a back stabber, always a back stabber. And if, and I believe it is so, that the country is center right we will follow a lib Dem in the White House with a conservative Republican. Congress will also remain deadlocked so accomplishments will be relatively few on either side. I’ll be writing in Romney because if conservatives bow to expediency now we will have suurendered our honor and any hope for a strong conservative candidate in the future. I’ve held my nose while voting too many times. Not with this jerk. Anyway, what makes you so sure he can win in November? There is real doubt in my moind about that. Would you have me cast aside my principles in a losing cause?

As a Conservative I will never vote for John McCain. An open borders guy who cannot be trusted. No difference between McCain and Clinton. We might as well have Clinton carry the liberal flag not a Republican carring the liberal flag. Like the last 7 years.

Don’t count on it. The sad truth is that McCain has become a blatant liar who has undermined the Constitution and will not defend our borders. Just look at the conquista he has on his campaign staff. He is, sadly, an enemy of the people of the United States, and must be defeated the same as any Democrat. Conservatives must make it clear that regardless of the outcome of a terribly flawed primary system, we will not allow a traitor, and the disaster he would preside over, to be blamed on somebody with an “R” next to their name.

Now personally, I don’t agree with these sentiments and I think most conservatives feel the same way. Most conservatives will, in the end, vote for John McCain if he’s the nominee. Moreover, some of these people you’ve just heard from will undoubtedly change their minds over time as their emotions cool. However, the McCain campaign had better understand that if they get the nomination, there will be millions of people who will still feel like this and unless McCain can reassure them that he’s not as bad as they think, they will be sitting home in November.

Yes, McCain may be able to capture the nomination of the Republican Party in a three man race over the objections of a lot of conservatives, but in a two person battle versus the Democratic nominee, he is not going to win unless he improves his relationship with conservatives, who are understandably very tired of voting for “less of two evils,” especially when the “evils” seem to keep getting worse each election.

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