- national columnist, George Will
"Two years later, McCain filed his own brief supporting federal suppression of a right-to-life group’s issue advertisement in Wisconsin because it mentioned a candidate for federal office during the McCain-Feingold blackout period prior to an election. The court ruled 5-4 against McCain’s position, with Alito in the majority."
McCain’s Democratic tendencies
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008
By GEORGE F. WILL
The Washington Post
In 2004, one of John McCain’s closest associates, John Weaver, spoke to John Kerry about the possibility of McCain running as Kerry’s vice presidential running mate. In No Excuses, Bob Shrum’s memoir of his role in numerous presidential campaigns, including Kerry’s, Shrum writes that Weaver assured Kerry that “McCain was serious about the possibility of teaming up with him,” and Kerry approached McCain. He, however, was more serious about seeking the 2008 Republican nomination.
But was it unreasonable for Kerry to think McCain might be comfortable on a Democratic ticket? Not really.
Because McCain is a “maverick” the media encomium reserved for Republicans who reject important Republican principles he would be a conciliatory president. He has indeed worked with Ted Kennedy on immigration reform, with Russ Feingold on restricting political speech (McCain-Feingold) and with Kennedy and John Edwards a trial lawyer drawn to an enlargement of opportunities for litigation on the “patients’ bill of rights.”
McCain is, however, an unlikely conciliator because he is quick to denigrate the motives, and hence the characters, of those who oppose him. He promiscuously accuses others of “corruption,” the ubiquity of which he says justifies McCain-Feingold’s expansive government regulation of the quantity, timing and content of campaign speech.
McCain says he would nominate Supreme Court justices similar to Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts and Sam Alito. But how likely is he to nominate jurists who resemble those four: They consider his signature achievement constitutionally dubious.
When the Supreme Court upheld McCain-Feingold 5-4, Scalia and Thomas were in the minority. That was before Alito replaced Sandra Day O’Connor, who was in the majority. Two years later, McCain filed his own brief supporting federal suppression of a right-to-life group’s issue advertisement in Wisconsin because it mentioned a candidate for federal office during the McCain-Feingold blackout period prior to an election. The court ruled 5-4 against McCain’s position, with Alito in the majority.
When McCain and Joe Lieberman introduced legislation empowering Congress to comprehensively regulate U.S. industries’ emissions of greenhouse gases in order to “prevent catastrophic global warming,” they co-authored an op-ed column that radiated McCainian intolerance of disagreement. It said that a U.N. panel’s report “puts the final nail in denial’s coffin about the problem of global warming.” Concerning the question of whether human activity is causing catastrophic warming, they said, “the debate has ended.”
Interesting, is it not, that no one considers it necessary to insist that “the debate has ended” about whether the Earth is round. People only insist that a debate stop when they are afraid of what might be learned if it continues.
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JOHN McCAIN IS NOT PRO-LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Note: McCain fellow-traveller U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, like John McCain, is a member of the globalist Establishment Insider group, the infamous Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
2005-2006 Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Membership Roster:
See a concise overview article about the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) at:
"The Definition of Tyranny," The New American (May 15, 1995), by John F. McManus
[excerpts, emphasis added]
"Most Americans have little understanding of the New York-based private organization known as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Formed in 1921 by Edward Mandell House, President Woodrow Wilson's right-hand man, the CFR's purpose has been undeniably clear from the start: to submerge our nation into a socialist, one-world government."
"Never forget that the CFR was formed to bring about socialism and world government. Its increasing domination over America's affairs amounts to a conspiracy the grip of which must be broken by an informed and alarmed American citizenry. If CFR influence over our federal government isn't soon broken, America will be reduced to a mere province in a socialistic world government where freedom has disappeared and national sovereignty is but a dim memory. And James Madison's worst fear -- tyranny reigning in this land -- will become a reality. The time to expose the CFR and its grip on this land is now."