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Monday, February 4, 2008
posted by Kyle Hampton | 4:29 PM | permalink
I just got done listening to a little bit of Michael Medved. I know, I know…I should know better. Anyway, Medved was talking about how this election is different from others where there was an ideological battle taking place in the primaries. Of course it benefits Medved to say this because it diminishes the key differences between McCain and Romney, making it a contest more of personality than of policy. Of course I could list several key policy decisions that distinguish McCain and Romney, but none is more important than McCain-Kennedy. Immigration is the core divide in the Republican party right now and Romney and McCain stand on opposite sides of that gulf. McCain now downplays the significance of his role as leading advocate of amnesty for illegal immigrants. He and some other Republicans, like Trent Lott, famously called conservatives in favor of border enforcement xenophobes. McCain now tries to rewrite history by suggesting that Republicans rejected HIS bill only because of lost confidence in government, as if it were a purely psychological issue. That misses the point that Republicans rejected the full idea of HIS bill for various reasons, but mostly because its whole purpose was to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. McCain-Kennedy’s failure was not lack of confidence in government, but a lack of confidence in McCain himself and his vision of immigration reform.

However, even granting Medved’s proposition that there is little policy difference between McCain and Romney (which I find lacks any substance), Romney has the better personality and temperament for the office of president. Medved stated that he liked that McCain was a tough guy, but it seems to me that McCain is a tough guy only on some issues. When was the last time McCain got fiery over judges? When was he a tough guy on tax cuts? When was the last time you remember him worked up over education? Indeed it seems that McCain gets fiery over things he understands, but that is a limited number of issues. I do admit that McCain is a tough guy on immigration, interrogation, and the First Amendment, but he’s on the wrong side of those issues. To project that McCain is a tough guy on all issues misunderstands who McCain is.

Romney, on the other hand, has shown a consistency of character. He is affable and engaging publicly and coolly competent behind closed doors. He is never out of his league on any issue and generally is the most capable person in the room. He refrains from making personal attacks and always projects a sense of optimism. This is the kind of personality that I want in the president’s office. Indeed, it seems much better than someone whose temper is never out of reach. Competence is what I want in a president, not a bully.

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I gave up on Medved a long time ago. I don't trust him, he's dishonest, and he has a mysterious secret agenda that is essentially focused on a hatred or Romney.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 4, 2008 at 4:58 PM  

Michael Medved's right turn was obviously not right enough.

I got really turned off to Medved when he was trying to push McCain's Amnesty bill down our throats.

The fact that he backs the author is no surprise and I haven't listened to Medved for a very long time.

He, along with McCain, is a traitor to conservatism.

By Anonymous bethtopaz, at February 4, 2008 at 5:42 PM  

I like your final comment about Romney. I think all of the candidates have Presidential Platforms that differ from some of their previous views.

Romney has the integrity to represent the people that elect him. McCain is questionable.

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