Thursday, January 31, 2008

Neocon Sweat

Now that John McCain is the presumptive Republican nominee, many evangelical conservatives, along with the Fox News brainwashed, who broadly I'll refer to as Neocons, are forced now to make some very tough choices. Politics, like most things, works as a pendulum. In the past eight years, that pendulum has swung way, way too far into the Christianist right. (Christianism is a term coined by Andrew Sullivan meaning those who believe that the separation of church and state is not important, and wish to mold our government into a Christian moral entity.) Though I am Christian, I abhor Christianism and all forms of zealotry and moral legislation.

So, as I was saying, evangelical conservatives have some tough choices ahead. The pendulum has swung back, and moderates are having their say. John McCain is bringing his big momentum into Super Tuesday, and the Neocons are sweating.

How can they support a man they once labeled as a "RINO" (Republican In Name Only), as a "liberal," and at their most melodramatic, even as a "traitor?" (A traitor?! I mean really! Let's get some perspective folks! The man's a war hero!)

Well, they're going to have come to terms with McCain, or sit it out at the polls. And that latter decision could be disastrous for them.

The Democratic race is now shaping up to be a photo finish between the not-to-be-underestimated Hillary Clinton (Or should I say, the Clinton Dynasty, since they're both running in this campaign?) and the charismatic juggernaut of Barak Obama. If Hillary Clinton makes the nomination, either as presidential candidate or even as the veep, the Neocons will come out in droves, even if Mickey Mouse was their nominee. McCain is very lucky in his present situation, because it's his best shot for presidency ever, and probably his last chance at it.

But if Obama becomes the Democratic nominee, things could be very different. Many of the Neocons would probably sit home without a Hillary to hate and without a strong Christianist candidate to support. NPR estimates the Christian evangelicals to be about 13-14% of the voting population (comparable with the Latino and Black vote, and larger than the union vote). A loss of these votes on the Republican side gives Obama a BIG advantage in the presidential election, and the Neocons will be essentially handing the presidency to perhaps the most liberal candidate in the past 40 years. That, and they'll be essentially putting a black man in office, which I think would be remarkable, and deliciously ironic.

Whatever is the good Christian Evangelical to do? Well, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News are no help. They're still reeling from the fact that McCain is still the Republican they love to hate. Gentlemen, get your crow ready. It's suppertime!

Whatever happens, ultimately, I think the country is destined for a very overdue, and very healthy return to the center. Nut-job Giuliani is out. Likable but still Christianist Huckabee isn't viable and will soon be out. And though I have some very big concerns about the Clinton campaign, I don't think she'll win against the mobilization of the Republican armies against her. Obama has said that she's too polarizing, and he's right. She's Karl Rove's wet dream Democratic candidate.

Who remains then are McCain, Obama, and even a remote chance for Romney. And ultimately, any of these three gentlemen would restore honor and moderation to the Presidency of the United States.

This has been long overdue.

So, Neocons, what are you going to do?


JamesF said...

I'll be the first to admit that I'm tired of the dynasty crap. I thought about it the other day and if Hilary were to win we would have a Bush or Clinton presidency for 24 years straight years (the current 20 years is already too long in my opinion). That's over half my life and way too long for that much power to be in the hands of a couple of families. It's starting to feel more and more elitist. And while I know not everyone can be president, I like to think anyone could (and this dynasty crap sort of blows that dream).

Scott said...

I like this quote, from John Cole. It further speaks to my angst with the present day "conservatives":

It sure would be nice to think that the base of the dwindling GOP is not as batshit insane as the nutters at the NRO, Red State, etc., but I have not seen much evidence of it. The thing that needs to be said, over and over, though, is that Rush Limbaugh and those guys simply aren't conservatives. They just aren't. Radically restructuring government to create an unaccountable executive is not conservative. Building a security apparatus that is designed to spy on citizens is not a conservative principle. Runaway spending and bloated budgets are not conservative ideas. Torture and permanent aggressive wars are not conservative principles. Fearmongering and keeping the electorate scared is not a conservative principle. And on and on.

Scott said...

Barry sent me this video of Ann Coulter wigging out.

Just proves my point, today's Republicans, as they've boxed themselves in, are really sweating this McCain fellow.

JamesF said...

That video raises an interesting question. From a democratic point of view, what does it mean if Ann Coulter supports you?

Speaking of Ann Coulter, she was recently made fun of on Boondocks and it was funny as all get out.

If you search for Ann Coulter there you can see her in the rest of the episode. I should mention some people will probably be offended by the language in the show.

Scott said...

You know what the problem is though?

People like my parents (I love 'em!) don't realize that they're being played by folks like Limbaugh, Coulter and Fox News who are out to sell an entertainment product.

They actually think they're getting news!

Chuck said...

It's nice to see the fault lines open up between the neocons and the American Taliban in the Republican party. My hope is that the Christian Dominionists abandon the GOP and unite behind some nut bag like Huckabee as an independent or third party, and leave the party to the corporatist tools so they can go down with the ship.

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