"Thank God John McCain lost the election"

Who said that? If you think it's some liberal bigwig, you'd be wrong.

Tom Tancredo said it, and I agree with Dan Riehl, who calls it "stupid pandering."

While no big fan of McCain, if Obama gets the two more SCOTUS appointments he might, don't tell me we're better off because McCain lost. We'll be living with the result of that for decades. And for Tancredo to be correct, one has to assume he thinks conservatives are just a bunch of sheep who wouldn't be protesting big government under McCain, just as they began doing under Bush.

McCain may be wrong on many things, but he was more right on many than Obama will ever be.

Once again, here's how Clayton Cramer put it during the last election:
Do you want someone is wrong half the time, or someone who is wrong all the time?
The idea that we should thank God for McCain losing is too silly for words.

What is Tancredo smoking?

posted by Eric on 02.05.10 at 03:11 PM


I talked to a number of people, whom I personally consider to be muffin heads, who think this way as a RNC phonebank volunteer in 2008. As far as I can understand their logic, they believe that it took the election of Carter to elect Reagan in 1980. They perceive Obama to be Carter II & thus his election will magically result in the election Reagan II in 2012.

adagioforstrings   ·  February 5, 2010 4:59 PM

And thanks to Jimmy Carter, we got the overthrow of the Shah by the Ayatollah Khomeini, and have been fighting Islamist radicalism ever since. Electing Ford would have been better, and I don't see why that would have precluded a Reagan presidency. Unless the logic is that the only way a Reagan conservative can win is by having a leftist president piss a lot of people off. I think that discounts the magnetic appeal and personal charm of Reagan himself (even his enemies liked him), but whatever.

The ideologues flatter themselves if they think Americans were voting only for conservative ideology.

Eric Scheie   ·  February 5, 2010 6:13 PM

The perfect is the enemy of the good, of the good-enough, of the least bad choice.

Gringo   ·  February 5, 2010 8:19 PM

While I think that sometimes this sort of logic can be warranted, in this case I think that the legacy of the Obama presidency will be even worse than that of the Carter presidency. On occasion, the lesser of two evils might not be the best choice in the long run, but in the 2008 election, the choices were so starkly different that I continue to believe that Obama voters were either 1). partisan democrats, or 2). seriously naive (and easily fooled by his campaign rhetoric and promises).

Kurt   ·  February 6, 2010 2:28 AM

Eric, sad to say it but you do go too far by saying of Reagan "even his enemies liked him." I know those who will still say he was evil; a stupid evil man descending into senility. A precursor to Bush Derangement Syndrome. With his passing much of this evaporated from the public discourse.

Stewart   ·  February 6, 2010 8:37 PM

Post a comment

April 2011
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30


Search the Site


Classics To Go

Classical Values PDA Link


Recent Entries


Site Credits