You know, I hate it when a candidate’s main strength is touted to be his ability to defeat the other guy. The MSM is so fond of using that line. So are bloggers. “OMG! McCain is the only candidate who can beat Hillary.”
I call BS.
You know who else they said that about? John Kerry. Remember? John Kerry was the Democrat’s one big hope of beating Bush. And look how well that turned out for him and the Democrats.
Voting for a candidate based on how well he can defeat the other is a crappy reason to vote for someone. Vote for someone because you agree with their platform. You just end up compromising on too many issues if you vote for the “he can beat so-and-so” guy.
Anyway, people won’t show up to vote if they’re stuck with a candidate that doesn’t reflect their own political values, even if it means defeating the other guy (unless, of course, they really hate the other guy). Speaking of really hating the other guy, the popular vote was very close in Bush v. Kerry. The popular vote was so close that the Democrats might’ve had a win there if they could’ve energized Democratic voters with someone who had political positions closer to their own instead of relying on the Democrat base’s hatred of Bush. So they nominated Kerry; and many Democrats felt all “meh” about him. Bush won.
So arguing that a vote for McCain is a vote against Hillary or Obama isn’t going to get my vote at all. McCain just has too much political baggage.
Post Note: The Marietta Daily Journal has just endorsed McCain. (They are “Metro Atlanta’s only conservative voice.” Bah.) Their headline? “McCain nomination key to GOP win in the fall.” ARGH!
In an election where the popular vote is going to be tight, you just can’t count on voters to show up for the guy that will beat the other guy.
UPDATE: Sorta cross posted over at Jason Pye. The post over there is a little more reasoned and a little less reactionary than this one.