TOM TANCREDO: He [McCain] is also, I believe, a threat in a way, to this nation.
ANDREA SHEA KING: Well, you're being, you're being diplomatic. Because I will tell you, I posted on my blogsite today, RadioPatriot.blogspot.com, that I think that he is a traitor to this country.
AS: Now, I know that's strong, but, when you look at his domestic record, and you look at what he is doing with amnesty…
AS: And the illegal alien situation..
AS: And now we find out that he is, uh, dealing with this unsavory character, who has served in the Vicente Fox White House on his cabinet…
TT: That's right.
AS: Ah, you know, you have to wonder. Whose interests does John McCain …
TT: Yeah, at heart…
AS: Have at heart here.
Now, you're free to disagree with McCain on any or all of his positions if you wish, but at what point does it simply become too much? This disdain of Senator McCain and all he represents seems to be spreading like wildfire and has, I believe, begun to color the opinions of many among the more "traditional conservative" Republican base. I got a taste of that last night while I was live blogging the debate over at Heading Right. When I dared to opine that it seemed like McCain was actually doing pretty well against Romney, I was the subject of some good natured ribbing ("we do get to laugh at you") which, while very friendly and cordial in nature, made it clear that I was the only one in the room who thought McCain was delivering a good performance and that Romney was clearing running the show. In fact, some of the conclusions drawn by conservative observers included statements such as:
- He’s back to being a cheap and angry old man.
- McCain barely looked alive...
- McCain was smarmy, arrogant and a little condenscending.
- Romney falls into McCain's trap .
- Romney was "the man who blew it" last night
- Romney looked like a "rattled and somewhat defeated figure" on stage
No, it seems that many of the Romulans are mistaking bipartisanship for moderate behavior. McCain's real shortcomings in the eyes of the base are to stake out some positions that strayed from the herd. That, combined with the sin of actually thinking that both parties might have some ideas worth investigating, and being willing to act on that belief, are what is currently making him the target of such rancor. McCain doesn't lack conservative bona fides - he simply doesn't spew a sufficient level of bile at All Things Democrat for the party faithful. And yes... he did pretty well in last night's debate. I will be interested to see what the Romulans' response will be if he actually gets the nomination. But at least for now, can we tone down on the "traitor" talk please?