Audio: John Fund stands by McCain/Alito report

posted at 7:30 am on January 29, 2008 by Bryan

Yesterday I blogged about John Fund’s report that John McCain said he might draw the line at appointing another Sam Alito to the court because “he wears his conservatism on his sleeve.” McCain denied having ever said that. Fund appeared on the Mark Levin Show Monday to stand by his story.

So what are we to make of this? John Fund is a good reporter and he says he has more than one source. McCain denies the report, which is clearly damaging to him with the voters he needs to support him. I think we need more details from Fund.

Fwiw, McCain stands by his Iraq attack on Romney, and it’s obvious that that is a dishonest attack.

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McCain is cornered by his own Nazi tactics.

HA! I succeeded in triggering Godwin’s Law with the very first post.

NemoParticularis on January 29, 2008 at 7:38 AM

It seems to me that now that Fred! is gone (& I was a Fredhead), HA’s candidate du jour is Mitt, & the guy w/ a target on his back is J-Mac.
The problem w/ Mitt is that the 20-30% of the electorate that calls itself centrist is looking, not for hard-core conservatism or liberalism, but authenticity. It would be easy for the Dem nominee to paint Mitt as a flip-flopper because, well, he is.

jgapinoy on January 29, 2008 at 7:42 AM

I’m looking for eventual nominee McCain to pick Fred as his running mate. J-Mac will retire in four years, leaving Fred! as the presumptive nominee.

jgapinoy on January 29, 2008 at 7:48 AM

Mitt Romney is not a Flip Flopper. He has no positions where he had position A, changed to position B, and then changed back to position A. He has changed his mind on several issues, but who hasn’t as they get more experienced.

kflynn on January 29, 2008 at 7:51 AM

I guess in this case you have to ask yourself, even if you absolutely hate the man, if you think a politician, even Mr Straight Talk himself, would say something so politically braindead as that?

I’m curious where and when he said this.

amkun on January 29, 2008 at 8:00 AM

He also denied that he said he sucked at Economics.

Does the Senator have one or two character flaws?

JiangxiDad on January 29, 2008 at 8:01 AM

And Fund and his open borders pals at the WSJ would be pro-McCain, if anything.

JiangxiDad on January 29, 2008 at 8:02 AM

If you can’t believe with 100% conviction that he will select Alito-like judges, and you couple that with his squish on borders, Finegold etc, then how hard a choice is this?

kflynn on January 29, 2008 at 8:10 AM

Ugh…I hate to defend a reporter, but McCain’s not exactly a bastion of truth-telling.

SouthernGent on January 29, 2008 at 8:15 AM

The “straight talk” BS was just that. The ONLY thing authentic about McCain is his heroic service 40 years ago, his love of being a media darling, and his willingness to stab his party, his president, and conservatives in the back. If GOP voters reward this [email protected]! with the nomination, it will be fun to see the media, and his buddies on the other side turn on him.

edgehead on January 29, 2008 at 8:16 AM

OK, I have a lot of problems w/ McCain, too. But he just might be the only alternative to Hill or O, & he’s not nearly as bad as they would be.
No doubt he’d get a more conservative running mate to balance the ticket, so we’d have a good candidate in four years when J-Mac retires.

jgapinoy on January 29, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Liz Cheney was just on Fox morning to talk about her “endorsement” of Romney. When your now on Mitt the Hair’s payroll as foreign policy advisor, it’s not called an endorsement. It’s called work.

THE CHOSEN ONE on January 29, 2008 at 8:26 AM

A. There is no guarantee that he will have a more conservative VP, and really, when has the last VP that swayed anything?
B. McCain will be shredded in multiple debates, look older than he does now, and does not have talk radio support.
C. Obama is going to sap a lot of that moderate, non-party vote, not John McCain, and he will do poorly with conservatives.
D. etc

kflynn on January 29, 2008 at 8:36 AM

A phrase like wearing one’s conservatism on one’s sleeve is very specific and I find it unlikely that John Fund’s two sources imagined this.

Note this statement by McCain about Alito.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ): “[Judge Alito] Has A Very Good Temperament. … He’s Very Smart, And Has Impressed A Lot Of People. The President Said He Was Going To Appoint Somebody Who Is Conservative, And That’s The Way He Campaigned, And That’s What We Have Here. I Think He’s Very Highly Regarded.” (MSNBC’s “Imus In The Morning,” 10/31/05)

It’s kind of passive support. It’s not the same thing as this guy is really terrific and I can’t wait to vote for him.

Buy Danish on January 29, 2008 at 8:46 AM

What if McCain selected Huckabee as a VP? Those two had there lips surgically attached to each other’s butts. McCain is mean, nasty and is no straight talker. He has changed his position on taxes and immigration, the 2 most important issues in my book.

bopbottle on January 29, 2008 at 8:51 AM

I’ve come to believe McCain will say anything to get elected. So the question must be asked; Is McCain any different than the Clinton’s in this regard?

How dare you compare Senator McCain to the Clinton’s!

Well, how dare you compare my comparison of McCain to…well…well…well…Shut up!

Fair comparison?

coffee260 on January 29, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Comparing Lil Johnny Mack with the Clintons or Kennedy is a very credible comparison. He will do and lie about anything to be elected. He has been in the same corners with these people for years. The amnesty bill he supported with Kennedy was a sellout to the American people and his no vote for the tax cuts says it all. He is a George Soros lap dog.

volsense on January 29, 2008 at 8:58 AM

He’s listing to one side. Time to call in the big guns for support.

“Hey Mom, do you have Ted’s phone number on you?”

fogw on January 29, 2008 at 9:04 AM

I’d trust McCain to appoint a conservative to the USSC. a rock solid conservative like Hans Blitz.

petefrt on January 29, 2008 at 9:26 AM



JiangxiDad on January 29, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Flipping flopping is going back and forth on your stances. I know he’s changed his mind on a few things, but has he actually flipped then flopped back?

– The Cat

MirCat on January 29, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Well this former Fredhead may just donate to the Romney Campaign.

MechEng5by5 on January 29, 2008 at 10:29 AM