McCain: Let’s leave abortion alone and focus on comprehensive immigration reform

posted at 4:21 pm on November 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

I never understood what Mitch Daniels had in mind, specifically, when he called for a truce on social issues but at least he was aiming at both sides. Not so McCain. He’s in all-out post-election concessions mode here, looking to solve the GOP’s problems with Latinos and young women in one fell niche-policy swoop. When he says we should leave abortion alone, I think what he means is that the Akins and Mourdocks of tomorrow should maybe try to resist the urge to free-associate about rape in public. But I’m curious to know where he was headed with this thought, which, as you’ll see, was abruptly interrupted: “As far as young women are concerned, absolutely, I don’t think anybody like me…” Normally, a sentence like that uttered in the context of abortion ends with “… should be telling them what they can do with their bodies.” Last I checked, McCain opposes legalized abortion, but here he sounds perilously close to being personally pro-life but legislatively pro-choice. Has he finally gone full Maverick?

If this is what it looks like, i.e. McCain pandering transparently to solve a Republican demographic problem, it isn’t very precise. The GOP’s challenge isn’t that they’ve lost women voters, it’s that they’ve lost minority voters. Romney won white women by a sizable margin over O:

He also won comfortably with young white voters of both genders:

He lost the election because he lost with every other group by huge margins, men and women alike. And that trend means certain doom for the party if it continues because minority voters, especially young adults, are becoming a larger share of the electorate:

Follow that last link and check out the numbers among different age groups on hot button issues, including abortion. In McCain’s defense, it’s true that young voters are most supportive of abortion as a group, but they’re not wildly more supportive than other age groups. Sixty-four percent of 18-29-year-olds think it should be legal in all or most cases; among the 45-64 age group it’s 60 percent and among 30-44 it’s 58 percent. The real gaps among young voters come on gay marriage — they’re 16 points more likely to favor it than the next-highest age group — and on the ominous question of whether government should do more or is doing too much. In that case, fully 59 percent of young voters say “do more”; the next-highest age group stands at just 45 percent. In other words, if you’re keen to pander to the 18-29 crowd, your best bet is probably to “evolve” on gay marriage, not abortion, and even then you’ll have to confront the problem of winning over a generation that seems considerably more statist in general than most of the electorate. And of course you’ll also have to explain how your gay marriage “evolution” will net you more votes among young adults than it’ll lose you among social conservatives. Better think of something, though: According to Pew, Romney actually defeated Obama, 50/48, among voters over age 30. O won reelection entirely on the strength of his overwhelming advantage among the young.

As for McCain’s call for comprehensive immigration reform, he seems to be the only person left on the political landscape who thinks ramming it through might move the GOP’s numbers meaningfully among Latino voters. In fact, that’s not fair; I don’t think even he believes that. I think he’s simply using the GOP’s consternation over its deficit with Latinos to push a policy he’s supported on the merits for years. Ah well. For your viewing pleasure, here are three clips showing him at his Mavericky best. The first is from yesterday; the second is from his appearance with Rick Warren in 2008, sounding every inch the uncompromising pro-life president; and the third is from his Maverick 1.0 campaign in 1999, insisting that he’s pro-life and supports overturning Roe — but not right now, because that would lead to back-alley abortions. Not sure what he had in mind as an alternative (gradual phase-in of prohibition to give women a heads-up?) but it sure sounds mavericky.




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Todd Akin should be flogged

Drunk Report on November 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Why isn’t he screaming about Reid’s threat to limit filibuster?!

“Let’s concede to the Dems by letting millions of their future voters become legal and trust them to hold up their end of the bargain, sacrificing the unborn -as if to Molech- in the process? Deal?” -John “I lost to an illegal alien, now I’m in love with illegal aliens” McCain.

Akzed on November 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Awesome… let’s nationalize millions of new hispanic citizens who’ll line up to vote for Democrats while simultaneously alienating millions of social conservatives.

Brilliant, Senator McCain. Brilliant.

SAMinVA on November 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I never understood what Mitch Daniels had in mind, specifically, when he called for a truce on social issues but at least he was aiming at both sides. Not so McCain.

The same went for Romney given his interview with the Des Moines Register. What can I say: that makes it two GOP nominees in a row that I’m glad never became president.

I remember the days when people talked about how bad George W. Bush was, and how he was such an embarassment to the party. Looking at the past 20 years though, he’s the best the GOP has managed to put forward, and that includes his old man.

Stoic Patriot on November 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Secure the borders, enforce the laws.

That’s the only Comprehensive Immigration Reform we need.

The rest is just a disguise for National Suicide.

profitsbeard on November 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I keep wonering how he got re-elected,..oh,..wait a minute…..

a capella on November 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

The Republicans should work on getting 65% to 70% of the total White vote and 35% of the Latino vote. Both are doable, very doable… Right now Republicans have 60% of the White voters support the highest since 1984… They can get to 65% even 70% support if they attack aggressively and constantly the Welfare Socialist State that is taking money from the producers and giving it to the parasites. Getting 35% of the Latino vote is very doable by focusing on the fiscal issues…

PS: Notice that despite that they won the eletions White liberals who make up 99% of the ruling class in the democrat party are still angry and furstrated… Do you want to guess why?

mnjg on November 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

wonering

=wondering.

a capella on November 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Last I checked, McCain opposes legalized abortion, but here he sounds perilously close to being personally pro-life but legislatively pro-choice. Has he finally gone full Maverick?

I think, as pretty much every pro-lifer does these days, what’s afoot here is that abortion will never, ever be outlawed in this country. It’s too much of a sacrament for liberals and outlawing it is too much of an encroachment for libertarians, who are sufficiently populous within the GOP that losing them risks damaging the conservative coalition.

The role of a pro-lifer in modern America is not to overturn Roe v. Wade but to make abortions in this country as rare as possible. Slashing federal funding for abortion, implementing parental notification rules, and mandating counseling before elective abortion are pretty much the highest we’ll aspire to, save a massive turning to Jesus among the 30-and-under folks in this country.

McCain’s not wide of the mark here. Though I shudder to think of what his immigration bill looks like. Probably far more liberal than Rubio’s.

KingGold on November 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Jell-O spine McCain is quickly becoming the GOP’s most vocal capitulator.

Pork-Chop on November 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

McCain is an idiot.

My respect for Limbaugh really went down when he made the comment that McCain was the only Reagan republican we’ve nominated since Reagan.

We haven’t nominated/elected ANY Reagan Republicans since Reagan!

avgjo on November 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Meggie’s knocked up and needs a new landscaper..

Hard times.

wolly4321 on November 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Jell-O spine McCain is quickly becoming the GOP’s most vocal capitulator.

Pork-Chop on November 26, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Kudos on using that word…I tried the other day but my spelling was so far off word check couldn’t find it…

As for McCain? The dead have to rely on the living as an advocate, of all people he should know that.

Since when did we elect officials, big buck officials, to just focus on one problem at a time? Hint, hire more staff, and save a few lives.

right2bright on November 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Yeah. Thanks for letting us experience this guy for another 4 years AZ.

Mr. Arrogant on November 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Let the states handle the social issues; focus on the economy
and our nation’s defense.

Amjean on November 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Looking at the past 20 years though, he’s the best the GOP has managed to put forward, and that includes his old man.

Stoic Patriot on November 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Liberals can blame Bush till they cows come home, but not only was W a true conservative, solid and unwavering on national security/social/fiscal issues, he also won two elections. In fact, just as with Reagan, every time a true conservative has been on the ballot in the past 40 years, they’ve won. It’s when Dem Lites like McCain or Romney are nominated that Republicans lose the presidency.

sauldalinsky on November 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Well dear john how many of those who you want to give ‘compreshensive immigration reform’ do you think, God forbid you run again, will vote for you? graham and mccain need to change their r to a d and get over with?
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letget on November 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

McCain believes we’re all Hobbits. Apparently, he does not own a mirror.

Mr. Arrogant on November 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Sure let’s unilaterally disarm and give up the fight against what we view as murder.

John_Locke on November 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

=wondering.

a capella on November 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Almost every time some one points out their spelling error, I have to go back and see why I didn’t see it…that’s what has always been great about these posts, we have very few, if any, grammar Nazis, we get the ideas out quick and fast…the ideas count, not the speling.

right2bright on November 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Let the states handle the social issues; focus on the economy
and our nation’s defense.

Amjean on November 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Absolutely…but they can still (since Senators represent the states) stay involved…

right2bright on November 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Yeah, supporting “immigration reform” worked out great for Candidate McCain in 2008, didn’t it? He p-ssed off the conservative base who tuned out of his campaign until he tapped Palin as his VP. And he did worse with Latinos than Bush did 4 years earlier.

Doughboy on November 26, 2012 at 4:42 PM

the ideas count, not the speling.

right2bright on November 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I see what you did there.

weaselyone on November 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Meggie’s knocked up and needs a new landscaper..

Hard times.

wolly4321 on November 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Stay classy.

KingGold on November 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

KingGold: As a pro-lifer, I disagree with you. I can agree with a federal approach to abortion (i.e., individual states can decide), but no, I will never stop fighting for ‘the outlawing of abortion’ at a national level.

Naturally, at least from a procedural level, I think the best venue for this fight is the same one that the liberals chose: the judicial system.

And yes, for the record, I would rather be a permanent minority than compromise my principles. Particularly after having two shining examples (2012 and 2008) where compromising them gained me nothing.

Scott H on November 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Please explain why McCain isn’t a traitor on this specific issue, because of what he did between the 2006 version of his “Comprehensive amnesty” bill and the 2007 version:

2006 – the Z visa had a 90 calendar day waiting period after the illegal alien applied for his reward of (it was technically not “amnesty” because he had to pay a modest fine — it was worse — it was a REWARD of his ill-gotten goods – residency!!)

While the 90 day clock was ticking, the FBI had to perform a criminal background check and DHS had to perform a health check, and if they couldn’t get the checks done in 90 days, the illegal alien got an IMMEDIATE, – indefinitely-renewable “temporary” visa, work permit, permission to leave and re-enter the country, etc.
Bad enough, right, with 12 to 20 million applicants to process??

2007 (TWICE DEFEATED!) The 90 days got magically changed to a SINGLE BUSINESS DAY!!

So McCain basically flipped the bird to American citizens and said, “Screw you, America! We’re going to let ANYONE into our country! (and give them a government photo ID so they can BOARD AIRPLANES”).

fred5678 on November 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Awesome… let’s nationalize millions of new hispanic citizens who’ll line up to vote for Democrats while simultaneously alienating millions of social conservatives.

Brilliant, Senator McCain. Brilliant.

SAMinVA on November 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Not only that, but his “let’s leave abortion alone” comment plays right into the left’s “GOP’s War on Wymmynses” meme.

Way to go, Johnny boy. No wonder he was the left’s choice Presidential candidate for the GOP in 2008. Useful idiot.

UltimateBob on November 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

My respect for Limbaugh really went down when he made the comment that McCain was the only Reagan republican we’ve nominated since Reagan.

avgjo on November 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Rush is very up front that he carries the water for the establishment during the general election (like in 2008 when you heard) or to rally the troops during important legislative battles. Rush hates McCain personally and professionally.

sauldalinsky on November 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

49 out of 100 U.S. Senators are 65 years or older.
3 of them are pushing 90 and another 7 are nearly 80.

These old farts are making decisions about our future, not theirs.

Leave Now.

MichaelGabriel on November 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Todd Akin should be flogged

Drunk Report on November 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

May I expand that to include any politician who does not have his/her talking points in order for ANY sensitive/emotional topic?

kim roy on November 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I see what you did there.

weaselyone on November 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I don’t think that was intentional…. he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.

UltimateBob on November 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Senator Reacharound goes back to his old reliable treason, amnesty. Go to hell, McCain. And take the RINO establishment and Senate Milquetoast leadership with you. And that stupid cow of a daughter.

rayra on November 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

The Republicans should work on getting 65% to 70% of the total White vote and 35% of the Latino vote. Both are doable, very doable… …

mnjg on November 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Even better, GOP should go after the 40% of Hispanics who choose law enforcement and attrition through enforcement (and KEEP the base) rather than pander to the 54% who demand amnesty (and LOSE the base!).

fred5678 on November 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Future Headline: Mexicans flooding into country for Free US Abortions.

portlandon on November 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

O won reelection entirely on the strength of his overwhelming advantage among the young.

He’s the Jesse Ventura of the national stage.

Why did we lower the voting age, again?

TexasDan on November 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

NOW is the time for a new strong conservative party to rise. Abandon these feckless RINO bastards. Watch as they sell us all into slavery, over these next two years…

rayra on November 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The GOP doesn’t need to exist period…. they need to advocate for the interests of the people who vote for the GOP even it means losing.

ninjapirate on November 26, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Just to top off a McCain Mavericky post…

How about some Charlie Crist saying that Reps in Florida shortened voting hours to limit minority vote? He has back up on this from Jim McGreer… the guy who went to jail. So this is totally on the up and up.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/early-voting-curbs-called-power-play/nTFDy/

dforston on November 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

“My friends…”

Seven Percent Solution on November 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

KingGold on November 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I agree. It’s a windmill at which conservatives should quit tilting. That doesn’t mean give up the fight completely against abortion, but rather just reaize that overturning Roe V. Wade isn’t going to happen anytime soon, hence the solution of eliminating abortion via the law is out the window right now. Do what you can to limit it’s use via law, but focus efforts of eliminating it altogether on a more social level. In other words, instead of changing the law, change people’s hearts/minds about it.

gravityman on November 26, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I am approaching 60, I am getting very close to not caring anymore..very close.

We raised our kids conservative, the Universities and their unions took them.

shar61 on November 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Anybody got a problem with us just lying to everybody like the Dems do? For instance, when asked about abortion, all Republicans reply with “I personally think abortion is a tragedy and I am staunchly pro-life, but Roe has been the law of the land for decades and we can’t change that and have no intention of trying to change it”..period…

Then when we have enough of a majority in the Senate AND the House and we have the White House just defund the bejeebus out of planned parenthood and pals AND fashion legislation to trump Roe..when confronted by the lib media then, simply say “We Won”..

Tim Zank on November 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM

The GOP’s challenge isn’t that they’ve lost women voters, it’s that they’ve lost minority voters.

And if they keep this up, they’re going to lose all the intelligent voters.

JellyToast on November 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Even if Republicans could somehow manage against all odds to get most of the credit for amnesty (and the democrats would almost certainly get most all of the credit) and the current Hispanic American citizen vote for Republicans went up 10% by some miracle, the newly legalized criminals (and that is exactly what they are) would go to the democrats overwhelmingly, thus even ‘best case’ resulting in a net loss so big that a Republican, even a ‘Hispanic’ like Rubio, would never be elected President ever again.

VorDaj on November 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Secure the borders, enforce the laws.

That’s the only Comprehensive Immigration Reform we need.

The rest is just a disguise for National Suicide.

profitsbeard on November 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I know it’s the right thing to do and so do you obviously but tell that to the electorate that re-elected Obama and kept a Dem majority in the Senate.

We’re losing this country. Not that I don’t intend to go down fighting but if there’s anything remotely left of a economy or eveb a Republic by 2014 and this country doesn’t vote out the Dems in a wave that makes 2010 look like practice then it’s over. This last election, the nation went flat line and right now we’re doing chest compressions in a vain effort to save it.

Yakko77 on November 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

My respect for Limbaugh really went down when he made the comment that McCain was the only Reagan republican we’ve nominated since Reagan.

avgjo on November 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Limbaugh hasn’t achieved one thing for conservatives in the last 15 years.
He rallies the liberal base more than he does conservatives.

Time for him to retire to his private jet and his country club.

Useless.

MichaelGabriel on November 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

The GOP’s challenge isn’t that they’ve lost women voters, it’s that they’ve lost minority voters.

The GOP never had minority voters, not in modern times anyway. The GOP’s problem is that it has lost the largely white ‘working man’, the Nixon and Reagan democrats, who now have largely gone back to voting democrat.

VorDaj on November 26, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Could we just annex mexico already?!?

ChunkyLover on November 26, 2012 at 5:07 PM

My respect for Limbaugh really went down when he made the comment that McCain was the only Reagan republican we’ve nominated since Reagan.

avgjo on November 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Anyone who thinks McCain is a Reagan Republican is insane.

VorDaj on November 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Could we just annex mexico already?!?

ChunkyLover on November 26, 2012 at 5:07 PM

They are too busy annexing us.

VorDaj on November 26, 2012 at 5:09 PM

That doesn’t mean give up the fight completely against abortion, but rather just reaize that overturning Roe V. Wade isn’t going to happen anytime soon, hence the solution of eliminating abortion via the law is out the window right now.

gravityman on November 26, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Yeah, I agree with that. And put me in the camp that for every bit of ground Republicans gain with Independents or Democrats looking to flip I feel they lose just as much ground when someone like Akin opens their mouth and starts talking about abortion. We’ve lost the media, but dear lord let’s work to not give them easy ammunition!

nextgen_repub on November 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I respect his service to the country. For just about everything else associated with this piece of crap he stinks like my garbage 4 days after Thansgiving. Get off my lawn old man.

DanMan on November 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM

According to Pew, Romney actually defeated Obama, 50/48, among voters over age 30. O won reelection entirely on the strength of his overwhelming advantage among the young.

Fine. Young people–most of them, at least–own the Obama economy.

Enjoy.

BuckeyeSam on November 26, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Liberals can blame Bush till they cows come home, but not only was W a true conservative, solid and unwavering on national security/social/fiscal issues…

sauldalinsky on November 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Please tell me you’re kidding. Bush was a solid and unwavering conservative on social and fiscal issues? Are we talking about the same Bush? The one who pushed through a massive new entitlement in the form of the Medicare prescription drug plan? The one who pushed for amnesty for illegal immigrants rather than securing the border? The one who started the era of the bailouts with TARP? The one who said, “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market”?

Please tell me you’re kidding.

Shump on November 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Welcome to the new/old spineless,gutless ,white flag waving Republican(Whig)Party

Sandybourne on November 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

The Republicans should work on getting 65% to 70% of the total White vote and 35% of the Latino vote. Both are doable, very doable… Right now Republicans have 60% of the White voters support the highest since 1984… They can get to 65% even 70% support if they attack aggressively and constantly the Welfare Socialist State that is taking money from the producers and giving it to the parasites. Getting 35% of the Latino vote is very doable by focusing on the fiscal issues…

PS: Notice that despite that they won the eletions White liberals who make up 99% of the ruling class in the democrat party are still angry and furstrated… Do you want to guess why?

mnjg on November 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I think you are right, but since 30% pf the ‘latino’ vote may be the max, 70% of the white vote may be needed.

VorDaj on November 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

If these RINOs want to be Democrat light why not just join the Democrat Party. If the Republicans abandon the values voters guess I’ll look around for a different group of like-minded voters regardless how small the group. Or forego voting altogether.

iamsaved on November 26, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Liberals can blame Bush till they cows come home, but not only was W a true conservative, solid and unwavering on national security/social/fiscal issues…

sauldalinsky on November 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Bush was Obama lite.

VorDaj on November 26, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Stay classy? He’s my Senator here at ground zero. And she’s a buffoon.

wolly4321 on November 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Does he not get the fact that 1. Mexicans and Hispanics from Central America do not really have conservative family values? Bush made that up in spite of statistics to the contrary. 2.New Hispanics REALLY like welfare and free stuff, particularly if white people are paying for it. and 3. Hispanics really think we stole America from them and the Democrats are clearly more willing to learn to speak the new mother language.

pat on November 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

The GOP will betray you

True_King on November 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Since Reagan left office, the Republican presidential candidates have been:

Bush
Bush
Dole
Bush
Bush
McCain
Romney

Not much more needs to be said. That list has some real appeal for women, minorities and younger voters.

Maybe it’s not the message, it’s the messenger.

Romney was the only one I felt would be a good President.

MichaelGabriel on November 26, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Why is this idiot still talking? I love you Arizona, but you are nuts to keep putting this Douche Bag up there!!

Tbone McGraw on November 26, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Senator McCain,

I’ve been waiting my entire life for elected Federal officials to implement full enforcement of the statutes already “on the books”. Be it immigration, guns, or even narcotics, there has never been at the Federal level any such effort. What has happened instead has been an intended lack of enforcement coupled with florid oratory demanding further convoluted legislation meant not to reduce the targeted criminal activity, but rather, to provide more money-making opportunities for the industries that ostensibly had their genesis in the efforts to combat crime.

Well, horse-hockey, Senator. This is the at least the third “immigration reform” I’m going to witness. History tells me that you’ll legalize the status for a whole lot of foreign criminals, you’ll allow a whole lot of foreign criminals to remain illegally, a whole lot of foreigners will become criminals as the enter they country illegally, a few bureaucracies will grow, some lobbyists will make millions, and the companies selling materiel and personnel to “implement” the new policy and “enforce” the law will make billions

Senator, you’ve so little gravitas that you can sit on upon any fashionable wind and blow nonsense. And here you are again, coming at us from across the freshly-dunged field of “immigration reform”.

Go to Hell.

M240H on November 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

The GOP will betray has betrayed you again

True_King on November 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

ReWrite™ engaged as the GOP stands on the precipice of pissing away both halves of the conservative tent.

Steve Eggleston on November 26, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I don’t think any of these knot heads, in either party, will ever solve anything and we’ll just wither on the vine. Sad state of affairs.

rplat on November 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM

What happened to his, “First secure the border”..”I’ll build a fence”..”Enforce the laws”?

Why trust any of this talk? It’s going to be the same as it ever was..raise taxes now for promises of spending cuts later.

Mimzey on November 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

What? Huh?

Comprehensive immigration reform?

I live in Arizona – John ran on the platform that he’d “complete the dang fence.”

So John, we’ve moved from the dang fence, to comprehensive immigration reform? Nice. I see, so is this your way of saying to us that you won’t be seeking reelection?

Yay!

Hill60 on November 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

How about people elected to federal office talk only about what the constitution allows them to have any affect on. Then when they get within that framework and every problem there is solved for 50 years then talk about abortion and federal mandated morals.

tjexcite on November 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM

According to Pew, Romney actually defeated Obama, 50/48, among voters over age 30. O won reelection entirely on the strength of his overwhelming advantage among the young.

Great. When these irresponsible little pukes find out they’re not getting all their toys and free stuff they’ll move directly to temper tantrums.

rplat on November 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I see, so is this your way of saying to us that you won’t be seeking reelection?

Yay!

Hill60 on November 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Oh no..come election time, he’ll be all tough guy again.

Mimzey on November 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I have a client (major national brand) that is changing his approach to marketing in 2013. Rather than placing his greatest emphasis on opening new (conquest) accounts next year, he is focusing on increasing sales to his current accounts, which is far easier.

Perhaps the Republicans should try the same strategy.

bw222 on November 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

If McAmnesty thinks there is any merit to immigration “reform” then he is more deluded than I thought. He’s no maverick, he’s an idiot.

Quartermaster on November 26, 2012 at 5:36 PM

The GOP will betray has betrayed you again

True_King on November 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Wash.Rinse.Repeat….Fail

MichaelGabriel on November 26, 2012 at 5:41 PM

This is why I declared myself completely out of the Republican Party….

I will not bend and twist my Principles and Values to suit the wishes of constituency group’s social liberalism.

If America is to collapse in chaos….and poverty… So be it.

Let the Liberals win….

Far better the Liberals win then myself going to &^%% in pursuit of some compromise on my religious beliefs for what seems like NO GAIN whatsoever.

Varchild on November 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

“As far as young women are concerned, absolutely, I don’t think anybody like me…”

Why is it that people like McCain who claim to want to shift the focus away from abortion keep bringing it up.

STL_Vet on November 26, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Once Again and as Predicted, Juan McLib does his best to Surrender and Take Blame for any Failure the Left wants him to take credit for! Senility Sux! Doesn’t it, Senator? Hey Juan, why don’t you learn something from the Egyptians and act like you care more for America and Americans, than the political suicide, you’ve been trying to commit! Stuff Your Immigration reform and Your Tax Surrender Up Your eSTABrepub AZZ & spin for a while! Senator Surrender & the rest of the rinos, can take all this BS & Shove it DEEP up in yourselves, if you think anyone but Leftists, Morons or the ENEMY are with them on this suicidal Surrender Mission, he’s bound and determined to inflict on the people of America!

http://www.paratisiusa.blogspot.com

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Instead of spouting off individually maybe these GOP goofballs could get together and decide what our messages will be in the coming years and work together to get it across. And quit saying stupid things about women and abortion and rape. If someone asks them about rape they should say it’s a despicable crime. End of story.

scalleywag on November 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Why can’t we focus on both? McCain brain not so quick any more?

platypus on November 26, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Instead of spouting off individually maybe these GOP goofballs could get together and decide what our messages will be in the coming years and work together to get it across. And quit saying stupid things about women and abortion and rape. If someone asks them about rape they should say it’s a despicable crime. End of story.

scalleywag on November 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

The Senate RepublicRATs have a message – “We are all DemocRATs now.” I’m sure you approve.

Steve Eggleston on November 26, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Instead of spouting off individually maybe these GOP goofballs could get together and decide what our messages will be in the coming years and work together to get it across. And quit saying stupid things about women and abortion and rape. If someone asks them about rape they should say it’s a despicable crime. End of story.

scalleywag on November 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

If they would just follow the platform, the GOP would win most of the time. But they just want to play in the GOP tent.

New motto we’re working on – “Follow the platform or leave the party.”

platypus on November 26, 2012 at 5:55 PM

No! Abortion is an abomination

terryannonline on November 26, 2012 at 5:58 PM

If they would just follow the platform, the GOP would win most of the time.

That’s probably true, how would you get these egomaniacs to stand united behind one platform, though, when it seems all they want to do is grab the spotlight to hear themselves talk? Who made McCain a spokesman for the GOP anyway?

scalleywag on November 26, 2012 at 6:04 PM

the only time abortion is EVER brought up is during the debates when the lsm wants to play gotcha….

cmsinaz on November 26, 2012 at 6:06 PM

It the left that always brings up social issues first.

The democrat convention was an abortion and anti-God fest.

Why do you let the scum get away with it?

darwin on November 26, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Oh Romney basically left abortion on. He talked about the economy and he LOST!

terryannonline on November 26, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Oh Romney basically left abortion on. He talked about the economy and he LOST!

terryannonline on November 26, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I know. Now these idiots are being played right into a corner.

darwin on November 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM

You know there is a HUGE chunk of potential voters that no one, not Allah or Ed, or the MSM ever talks about?

The adult population that dosen’t vote!
http://www.livescience.com/24561-voter-turnout-low.html

You know who wins elections?

The candidate who turns just a few of those non-voters into voters!

That’s what Obama did in 2008, Bush in 2004, Reagan in 80/84…

So if 1 candidate is pandering to 10%(hispanic) of the electorate while the other candidate is trying to appeal to the 40% who don’t vote then which candidate wins? Sure, the 40% is harder to get out on election day then those 10% who are likely voters but a good chunk of the 10%(hispanics) are leftists who are beyond the reach of a GOP candidate. So, really, the GOP is hunting for more like 6% of the electorate when they pander to hispanics.

Also, the Hispanic share of the vote increased 2% points in 4 years. That means that all this fuse over pandering because of Hispanic’s increased share of the electorate really comes down to a fight over an extra %2 points in 4 years. Minorities were a much bigger % this year because millions of whites didn’t vote not because Hispanics were flooding the poling stations.

My advice to the Rs would be to find an inspiring and consistent conservative who bring in some of that 40% WHO DON’T ALWAYS VOTE. If you go with amnesty you will not only lose a lot of your base but also you won’t have a shot at that big fat 40%. You think pro amnesty people are the ones sitting out the elections?

BoxHead1 on November 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Could we just annex mexico already?!?

ChunkyLover on November 26, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Actually, Mexico is going to annex California.

hawkdriver on November 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Please tell me you’re kidding. Bush was a solid and unwavering conservative on social and fiscal issues? Are we talking about the same Bush? The one who pushed through a massive new entitlement in the form of the Medicare prescription drug plan? The one who pushed for amnesty for illegal immigrants rather than securing the border? The one who started the era of the bailouts with TARP? The one who said, “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market”?

Please tell me you’re kidding.

Shump on November 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Bush was Obama lite.

VorDaj on November 26, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Nope, not kidding. Bush was a down-the-line mainstream conservative — fiscally, a supply sider who cut taxes, socially, a pro-life advocate, who fought against stem cell research, & the national security stuff – I guess you agree there. His only non-mainstream conservative heresy (pushing for amnesty) got severe pushback from conservative activists and was shelved. Note that Medicare D, TARP, bailouts didn’t get the same mainstream conservative pushback and went through. I’m not interested in playing No True Scotsman so that even George W. Bush, the dictionary definition of a conservative is not pure enough to be called conservative.

sauldalinsky on November 26, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Could we just annex mexico already?!?

ChunkyLover on November 26, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Actually, Mexico is going to annex California Tejas.

hawkdriver on November 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Not even the Mexicans want California, but they want (and the ‘Rats want them to have) the soon-to-be-former state of Texas.

Steve Eggleston on November 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM

To deem this pusillanimous approach the Failure of the Century is not simply because insufficient numbers of Obama voters found the GOP approach reasonable and voted for Romney. There is the disastrous, middling-to-low GOP turnout number to contend with. I believe inadequate GOP and conservative turnout is the direct consequence of this same tepid Rove approach. Failing to point out the deeply radical nature of Obama, manifested in his repeat assaults on and stated animus toward the Constitution, and in his hostility to free markets and individual liberty, similarly failed to impress upon conservative, traditional, Constitution-loving Americans the urgent nature of the 2012 election. The crisis. The real fiscal and also small-r republican “cliff.” Similarly, failing to highlight Obama’s disastrous policies as commander in chief — Benghazigate made this ridiculously simple — failed to underscore the extent to which the Uncle Sam has gone off the rails over 12 years of the Bush-Obama Islamic Democracy Project. And failing to question the blatant evidence of fraud in Obama’s two publicly presented identity documents, the online birth certificate and the Selective Service draft card, failed to acknowledge the appalling fact that the president of the United States is also a fraud. (Imagine if at a debate Romney had offered to exchange a decade’s worth of his signed IRS tax returns for any of the following: 1) Obama’s college and law school records; 2) his passport records; or 3) the microfilm of his birth document pdf or 4) his original Selective Service card.)

None of these and many other subjects crucial to national destiny could be expressed in Rove’s all-important “respectful tone.” That meant they were eliminated from campaign discourse. But the reason they defy a “repectful tone” in the first place is that they constitute outrages beyond respect. This makes them central to a challenger’s campaign, both morally and politically, a lesson lost on Karl Rove. Outrage — also fear that liberty is being stripped away by the central government — drives voters to the polls, as we saw in 2010. The “respectful tone” from GOP challenger Romney, however, probably convinced some possibly crucial number of Romney voters that all was basically well and it was okay to stay home.

Which makes Karl Rove the architect, all right — of GOP voter suppression.

VorDaj on November 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Actually, Mexico is going to annex California.

hawkdriver on November 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Texas votes “aye”.

Limerick on November 26, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I have a better idea. Why don’t we all work to force the Federal Government to work within its enumerated powers & let the states do the rest.
You know, like the Constitution mandates?

Badger40 on November 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Very mavericky yet somehow very GOP of the little angry man.

The GOP doesn’t control the media or the message. They could offer free abortions at 7-11 for anyone and everyone plus promise full amnesty tomorrow.

It wouldn’t help them at all.

On another point, McCain is one of the better examples for mandated term limits for everyone in Congress.

CorporatePiggy on November 26, 2012 at 6:54 PM

McCain past re-election now sucking up again for that vaunted NYT, WaPo, MSM ballwashing he so loves

philw1776 on November 26, 2012 at 6:56 PM

I’m not interested in playing No True Scotsman so that even George W. Bush, the dictionary definition of a conservative is not pure enough to be called conservative.

sauldalinsky on November 26, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Does this sound conservative to you? Well, it doesn’t to me. It is the view of a far left crackpot.

“Islam brings hope and comfort to millions of people in my country, and to more than a billion people worldwide. Ramadan is also an occasion to remember that Islam gave birth to a rich civilization of learning that has benefited mankind. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to people. It inspires them to lead lives based on honesty, and justice, and compassion. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. It’s a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It’s a faith based upon love, not hate. Mohammad’s word has guided billions of believers across the centuries, and those believers built a culture of learning and literature and science. All the world continues to benefit from this faith and its achievements. The Islam that we know is a faith devoted to the worship of one God, as revealed through The Holy Qur’an. It teaches the value and the importance of charity, mercy, and peace.”
George W. Bush !!!

VorDaj on November 26, 2012 at 7:10 PM

George Bush was nothing but a premature Barack Obama.

VorDaj on November 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

If it hasn’t already been brought out from the depths of memory…

Build the damn fence!

Go away Johnny. You did a fine service to our country as a warrior, but you are a shameless and opportunistic politician. I appreciate your service, but it does not give you carte blanche to continue the disservice your lack of political integrity does to the party, the movement, and the nation.

Atlas on November 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

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