And makes use of something that's missing these days with the Limbaugh-Right: a bit of common sense:
Yes, Sen. John McCain voted against the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts. Yes, McCain, like Al Gore, considers global warming a clear and present danger. He opposes drilling in ANWR, and co-sponsored the idiotic, First Amendment-trashing McCain-Feingold bill.
He opposes waterboarding, even in so-called ticking time-bomb cases, and saddled up with Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., to pass so-called fuel efficiency standards. And, most notoriously for many Republicans, McCain teamed up with Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., to pass comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship for illegals.
But aren't these I-can't-pull-the-lever-for-McCain Republicans the same people who purport to care about A) the war in Iraq, B) the economy, and C) the Supreme Court?
As to the war, most conservatives, as well as many others, believe that our liberation of that country helped keep American safe. It keeps terrorists preoccupied with what Osama bin Laden himself called the central front. McCain consistently supports the war in Iraq, and enthusiastically backed "the surge," a new approach that caused a dramatic decline in violence along with some signs of political reconciliation. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama want an immediate withdrawal from Iraq, damn the consequences.
As for the economy, don't conservatives believe that the Bush tax cuts helped to jump-start the economy, expand family income, and create jobs? Sen. McCain voted for the extension of the Bush tax cuts in 2006, and supports the repeal of the death tax. His Democratic opponents promise to repeal the cuts and increase taxes on the so-called rich. Campaign promises made separately by Clinton and Obama would grow the budget by between $200 billion and $300 billion annually.
As to the Supreme Court, think of the many 5-4 decisions, including but not limited to, Bush v. Gore, the decision that put President Bush in the White House. McCain supported nominees like Justices Alito, Thomas, Scalia, and Roberts. Why, he even voted for the "reactionary" Judge Robert Bork. Justice John Paul Stevens is 87 years old, with four more justices near or over 70. One more conservative appointee, and Roe v. Wade could be history. Are principled conservatives truly willing to allow that decision to remain for at least another generation? To quote another John, this time McEnroe, "You cannot be serious!"