Sounding the Right notes

Arizona Sen. John McCain’s post-vote speech last night hit all the points intended to mollify his party critics. It could be the start of a reconciliation that stops the rather-sit-home whining before it gets out of hand. As he said: "We are the captains of our fate.  We can overcome any challenge as long as we keep our courage and stand by our principles. I intend to make my stand on those principles, and trust in the judgment of the American people I serve." It’s been said that after eight years of one party, voters normally want another in the White House. But the times are unusual, and the Long War continues, and it may be that people won’t want its stewards to change–particularly when the only choice is the controversial husband-wife team of the pre-war administration. We’re going to find out.

UPDATE:  Hugh Hewitt, who kept me sane in 2004 by never doubting that Bush would win re-election, has the right idea: "There are seven reasons for anyone to support the eventual nominee no matter who it is:  The war and six Supreme Court justices over the age of 68." 

0 responses to “Sounding the Right notes

  1. there’s only really one for me: the war. the other six: if we don’t vote in a Republican majority senate, it will be difficult–if not impossible–to get anyone decent on the Supreme… no matter who the prez is. McCain will, no matter what he says now, put up more of a Souter than he will a Scalia.

  2. One wonders whether McCain will be more liberal, as president, or more conservative. Depends, I suppose, on what has been driving his cooperation with Feingold and Kennedy all along, i.e. personal conviction or expediency. As for the Senate, it seems to be the norm that whichever party people vote into the White House, they choose the other one for Congress.