Lest anyone doubt their hatred of John McGovern, er, McCain, the conservative flock unleashed a torrent of attacks Wednesday on the newly anointed GOP frontrunner. Forget all he’s done for his country — McCain is but a traitor in their eyes deserving of neither respect nor allegiance.
Between volcanic bursts of unintelligible venom, one caller promoted a boycott of Florida to punish its citizens for the unpardonable sin of voting for McCain. Another declared that, if elected, McCain would be the most liberal president in American history. Worse than Hillary Clinton, said one.
Online, the sturm und drang (or hissy fit) continues:
“I cannot in good conscience vote for John McCain.. If the country is going to hell, I’d rather Hillary, Barack, or the Dems can take credit for the destruction of the country than the Republicans.”
“If McCain becomes the republican nominee, Rush will be proven right. The “republican” persuasion will cease to exist. It might as well merge with the democrats to become its true self. Good riddance.”
“Staunch conservatives for life, my wife and I will vote for the democrat nominee (Billary or Obama) since they are scarcely different from McCain except on Iraq. Better to have a democrat pres kill the country than a faux-conservative republican like McCain kill it.”
“Hillary vs McCain? Gee, the Red Queen or The Manchurian Candidate – tough choice.”
We’ll see just how far “movement conservatives” are prepared to go to deny McCain the nomination (think South Carolina, 2000). Already reactionaries like Limbaugh and blogger Michelle “In Defense of Internment” Malkin have indicated they may not vote for McCain if he is the nominee.
These are the same people who insist that character counts, but their behavior, and their contempt for an honorable American, tells you otherwise. It’s perfectly proper to debate policy, but this became bitterly personal long ago. Fortunately, Republican voters seem more inclined to support an adult with a long record of service to a collective of self-promoting carnival barkers.