Letters to the Editor

McCain panned

March 2, 2008


To the editor:

The recent repudiation by John McCain of talk show host Bill Cunningham illustrates more clearly than anything McCain has said that he will not be a conservative president in the mold of Ronald Reagan. In fact, McCain is simply another moderate Republican utilizing the old strategy of Richard Nixon to run to the right but govern from center-left.

Cunningham, who committed the unpardonable sin of referring to Barack Obama by his full name of Barack Hussein Obama at a McCain rally, has now repudiated McCain and has adopted the strategy of Ann Coulter, America's foremost conservative commentator, in declaring his support for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

William Loeb, the late archconservative publisher of New Hampshire's only statewide paper, the Union Leader, once counseled conservatives to "hold their nose and vote for Jerry Ford." Millions of conservatives did. However, millions also stayed home. This ultimately will be John McCain's undoing. In crucial states (Ohio comes to mind), if just a couple of thousand stay home, McCain will lose to the Democrat nominee.

He deserves to lose. The crucial element for Republicans in every general election remains the right wing of the party. From immigration to taxes to affirmative action to abortion, McCain forms the antithesis of conservatism.

Let him join Gerald Ford as another of history's losers, hoisted on their own petard. Conservatives should remember, Ford's dismal 1976 performance was followed by the ascendancy of Ronald Wilson Reagan and conservatism triumphant.

Let hope and freedom ring!

Don't vote.

Matthew M. O'Connell,


KS 10 years, 1 month ago

Mat, you have to hold your nose and vote for McCain. Right or worng, tha is how too many liberals have gotten into office when folks fail to vote.

Richard Heckler 10 years, 1 month ago

Tihart,Brownback and Roberts need to be replaced.

Support Lee Jones for Senator and replace Roberts!!!

labmonkey 10 years, 1 month ago

All Obama wants to do is subjugate the United States to the UN. He is very, very dangerous.

Scott Drummond 10 years, 1 month ago

Right thinker, I cannot believe it, but I agree with you. Obama all the way! No where to go but up from the depths plummed in the last 7 years by the worst President our nation has ever endured. Give the keys to the Democrats & let's see what they can do. Hard to think it could get any worse.

jonny_quest 10 years, 1 month ago

Mr. O'Connell, To paraphrase a popular SNL line from the era that you seem to know so much about...you ignorant bas****. During the "conservatism" glory days of Reagan/Bush in the 1980's and early 1990's the industrial Northeast lost tens-of-thousands of manufacturing jobs; the Southwest states of Texas, Oklahoma, Lousianna, New Mexico, Kansas, California, etc., experienced an oil industry bust that nearly bankrupted those states; several cities around the country- including New York City, were on the verge of bankruptcy; thousands of farmers lost their farms through out the country, the Savings and Loan industry collapsed, and the largest man-made environmental disasters in history (Love canal, Times Beach, Bhopal India, Exxon Valdez) occurred at the hands of US corporations that relished in Reagan's supply-side free markets.

So, Mr. O'Connell explain how the trickle-down effect of the "conservatism" glory days of Reagan/Bush were triumphant.

bisky1 10 years, 1 month ago

jq you're saying supply side economics caused these events, talk about ignorant.

KWCoyote 10 years, 1 month ago

"Supply-side" is Republican Keynesianism. Keynes himself was a monetarist, dude. Keynes never said that willy-nilly tax cuts would have any benefits. He advocated deficit spending in depression conditions to offset the drop in private borrowing to create new money, and he favored spending that would create useful jobs such as conservation program jobs.

Reagan, Bush #1 and Bush #2 all were slackers about regulating business. That's why we've got the mortgage loan meltdown now, why we've recently had lead in toys, etc. Maybe you Raygun worshippers forget the savings and loan scandal resulting from lack of regulation (that one was bipartisan). Govt has a job to do in regulating business, just like it's got a duty to regulate traffic and give speeding tickets, etc. But wingnuts don't believe that business can do any wrong, even after countless Iraq war ripoffs and the Enron collapse.

Where'd the money go that Ken Lay and his accomplices ripped off, anyway? Did the FBI ever find a nickel of it and return it to the many little stockholders who were ripped off? Bush #2 has a truckload of egg on his face regarding Enron and many more loads of stuff from many other scandals.

Mkh 10 years, 1 month ago

Keynes was a total moron and a complete tool.

KS 10 years, 1 month ago

The worst President in recent history is William Jefferson Clinton. Has everyone forgotten the scandals? He is a legend in his own mind and I think he and Hillary are beginning to see it. She will be history as of Tuesday evening. Sorry to see that. I would like to see her and Barrack Hussein Obama go at it a little longer.

repaste 10 years, 1 month ago

the clinton scandals??? Star's 50 mill did not seem to find any.. W is one scandal after another. A bigger Dem. majority in congress ang w would be impeached.

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