The Case Against McCain

Update: (Audio) Rick Santorum makes his own case against McCain

I’m swiping the bullet points of this from Mark Levin: All I can say is that McCain is basically a Democrat on every issue except foreign policy and the war. I’ll also add that he should have went through with his attempt to change parties.
It is no secret that John McCain has alienated true Conservatives in this country. As Mark Levin reminds us…

McCain-Feingold — the most brazen frontal assault on political speech since Buckley v. Valeo.

McCain-Kennedy — the most far-reaching amnesty program in American history.

McCain-Lieberman — the most onerous and intrusive attack on American industry — through reporting, regulating, and taxing Authority of greenhouse gases — in American history.

McCain-Kennedy-Edwards — the biggest boon to the trial bar since the tobacco settlement, under the rubric of a patients’ bill of rights.

McCain-Reimportantion of Drugs — a significant blow to pharmaceutical research and development, not to mention consumer safety (hey Rudy, pay attention, see link).

Rush Limbaugh talks about this one as well:

McCain-Feingold alone. This isn’t Republican, to limit free speech. This is the Incumbent Protection Act, and, of course, the amnesty program, McCain loves to say (McCain impression), “It’s not amnesty! You hear me, sailor? It’s not…amnesty!” But it’s amnesty. It was amnesty, and that’s why it went down to a scorching, blazing defeat. It’s not amnesty? McCain’s “stated opposition to Bush’s tax cuts in 2001-2003, largely based on…class warfare rhetoric.” He said (McCain impression), “We can’t do this, it’s tax cuts for the rich. I’m not going to do tax cuts for the rich!” “The public record is full of statements like these. Today he recalls only his insistence on accompanying spending cuts,” and they didn’t want any spending cuts in there so he wouldn’t support tax cuts. But people have forgotten, in 2001 McCain was still steaming over 2000 and the South Carolina primary after the contretemps regarding Bob Jones University, the religion and so forth. He had it in for Bush. In 2003, his anger hadn’t dwindled much. So he was opposing Bush’s tax cut, using class warfare rhetoric. “As chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation…” I know people are asking, “Rush, why are you doing this?”

I’ll tell you why I’m doing it — because no Republican in the debate last night did it. Somebody has to do it! “As chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, McCain was consistently hostile to American enterprise, from media and pharmaceutical companies to technology and energy companies.” How many of us can forget the Gang of 14 debacle? Remember that, ladies and gentlemen? The Gang of 14 “prevented the Republican leadership in the Senate from mounting a rule change that would have ended the systematic use (actual and threatened) of the filibuster to prevent majority approval of judicial nominees.” You never had to have 60 votes to get a judicial nominee approved. The Democrats started filibustering, you needed 60 votes. We were going to pull the trigger on the nuclear option to get rid of this once and for all and McCain rides in with Senator Lindsey Grahamnesty and others, to form the Gang of 14 — which, by the way, has expired, ladies and gentlemen. The Gang of 14 deal has expired now.

All of these issues strike a nerve with Conservatives. McCain-Feingold for silencing political speech of the individual by limiting political contributions, while leaving the door wide open to 527 organizations such as MoveOn.org and labor union funded Political Action Committees (PACs). McCain-Kennedy for its amnesty provisions that reward criminal behavior, McCain-Lieberman for its punitive aspects in the name of radical environmentalism, and McCain-Kennedy-Edwards for rewarding trial lawyers such as John Edwards himself while penalizing doctors, hospitals, and tobacco companies without regard to the impact on the economy, the health care of regular Americans, and jobs.

McCain-Kennedy-Edwards profits plaintiffs and trial lawyers at the expense of jobs and more importantly higher medical bills. It seems rather ironic that John Edwards himself is out on the campaign trail decrying the plight of the poor and their lack of health insurance when it is he who is partially responsible for the rise in health care costs. So the next time you hear John Edwards speak about universal health care remember that the current problem is HIS fault along with McCain and Teddy “The Lush” Kennedy.

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