In a surprising rebuke to the warriors who fought for him through tough times, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday sided with President-elect Barack Obama and scolded the Republican National Committee for fanning the Illinois corruption scandal.
On ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos asked: “The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Mike Duncan, has been highly critical of the way President- elect Obama has dealt with this.
“He’s had a statement every single day, saying that the Obama team should reveal all contacts they’ve had with Governor [Rod] Blagojevich. He says that Obama’s promise of transparency to the American people is now being tested. Do you agree with that?”
McCain replied: “I think that the Obama campaign should and will give all information necessary. You know, in all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody — right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary. And so, I don’t know all the details of the relationship between President-elect Obama’s campaign or his people and the governor of Illinois, but I have some confidence that all the information will come out. It always does, it seems to me.”
Well, first of all, it’s actually not surprising at all, Mike. Not at all.
It is quite predictable. Sadly, it was avoidable, too.
Message to John McCain:
This kind of nonsense is exactly what lost you (and us) the ’08 race in the first place. It is clear the lesson has not been learned by you. That thing in the basket is your butt, placed there by your own refusal to stand up and be counted as a real conservative. For too many years, you’ve been dragging the Republican party to the left, culminating in the loss of your presidential run.
As such, your status as a conservative voice, which was never above the level of shaky to begin with, you have now negated completely. You are now reduced in rank to the status of ‘willing tool’.
Shut up, and go away. You’re no longer wanted, nor are you needed. You’re done. Can I make this any clearer?
What the American people, and specifically the Republican Party and within that, the conservative movement should be doing right now is aggressively cutting to the truth, and calling out Obama and his team on their obvious misdeeds, in this and in all cases. When Democrats step out of line, they should pay the price, not be handed a “get out of jail free card” by lilly livered ‘opposition’. Here’s a clue for you, John, since it’s clear you very badly need one… what is the root word of ‘opposition’?
The Republican Party in general, and the conservative movement in particular, needs to spend the next four years with the fangs bared, their hackles up, and alert for any such misdeeds, They need to be sinking their teeth into anything that pops above the surface like this, without mercy, without hesitation, and without any internal bickering on the matter, brought on by apologists like yourself.
The reasons are simple; that’s exactly how the Republican Party in general, and conservatives in particular, have been treated for the last eight years. It’s way past time we started taking these people on, on their own ground. We’re not going to win any other way.
You can play with the olive branches if you want, Mr. McCain, and get your ass handed you in the process as you did in November. It matters not at all because as far as most of us are concerned, you’re no longer part of the process.
As for the rest of us, it’s time to fight the battle that you lost because you refused to fight it as it should have been fought.
Anything here you don’t understand?
Message to the RNC:
Read the above and react accordingly.