Going into the California primaries, John McCain has a good lead. Getting the liberal governor’s endorsement of that state (who has not been a friend to any republican, conservative or otherwise) is likely going to help little.
What is going to hurt McCain in California is himself. Watching the debate, I saw the John McCain and the Mitt Romney I knew.
John McCain saw his foot and shot at it. He kept shooting until he started hitting it. And when Mitt Romney took the gun out of his hand and pointed out what he was doing to his foot, he poured salt in the wound, along with a healthy does of vinegar. I mean, Mitt Romney gave John McCain every opportunity to stop acting like a liar over Romney’s record. And McCain never took the opportunity, insisting on making himself appear as an even bigger liar than he really is.
McCain’s quip about working for patriotism and not for profit sounds nice. But it really isn’t, and a lot of people are picking that up. It is profit that writes the paycheck that pays the soldiers. It is profit that makes the money that buys the bullets, guns, helmets, armor, and combat vehicles. John McCain flew fighter jets bought with American profits.
Put another way, Romney pointed out that there was a way to reduce spending on the entitlement programs and still keep all the benefits unchanged. It is the same way that a business takes $1 and turns it into millions. It is called profit. See, if the money you put into Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid were actually managed properly, the same way the profits of countless corporations are managed, then $1 would turn into $100. That’s the secret of capitalism, and that’s why “trickle down economics” works. Give the money to those who know how to grow it (the rich), and keep it out of the hands of those who only know how to destroy it (the government).
But John McCain would rather be a patriot in a land that has no profits. That’s certainly one way to show your love of your fellow beings—keep them from enjoying the bounties of liberty through profits.
It was remarkable how John McCain spent all his time focusing on those things that conservatives like least about him in the debate. A Romney supporter such as myself would hope he continues to carry this forward.