Tome thoughts on this election, McCain, and Conservatives and Moderates.

July 18, 2008.

    This election, McCain, and Conservatives and Moderates.

I’ll start this out by saying that this is my first post here, or at any other political blog for that matter. I’ll probably live to regret it but here goes. With all of the media spotlight on what Obama is doing and where Obama is going I’ve been feeling a little bit depressed. It is hard for McCain’s campaign to seize any political indicative to his favor if the only one who gets any coverage is the other guy. This makes me start thinking about the difficulty at hand in this election for those who don’t want to see an Obama presidency come to pass, and I get worried about how this is all going to play out. Then I think that some times I think a good pep talk is what every one needs. It also helps me get my thoughts in order. Now I consider myself one of those moderate Republicans, so you hardcore guys may disagree with some of my conclusions, but we are all better off participating in this election then we are sitting it out. For those considering staying home and waiting until next time, remember the supreme court nominations that any future “real” Republican will be stuck with just because you decided it was more important to be stubborn and stay home. Staying home is not an option.

Over the course of the last year or so I have become increasingly aware of some of the issues that I think really matter to most Americans regardless of political affiliation. This is all too often not the same thing as what the politicians or the media are discussing, as they both are living in a self centered world unto themselves…. but perhaps that is the real problem or shall I say the real issue in this particular campaign of 2008. Obama is correct in saying that this election is about change. However, the best candidate for that change is not Obama, but instead is John McCain. It seems however that with the media’s love affair with Obama, the American public cannot count on the major news networks and publications to actually do their job and fairly report the election as an actual news story. They are no longer “professionals” enough to do so. The McCain campaign will need to be more attuned to the real issues that Americans care about and better at responding to them than the Obama side is if they hope to offset the sad state of media bias in the American press, and win this election. There are several issues that stand out to me as being particularly important and they are not always the ones that one might think of as being the most paramount when talking about McCain’s campaign.

Firstly, national security is personally my number one concern but most people who think like this already believe in the John McCain and the republican message on this subject in this election. Most of us know where we stand and where the candidates really stand on this issue. It is important to remind the voters of this occasionally when the Obama/ Democrat crowd say it is not so important, or show us that they are indeed, naively soft on our security. In such cases a strong counter argument needs to be presented, but I think the election will be won or lost on less polarizing issues than the war in Iraq. More importantly, issues such as a comprehensive energy policy, immigration reform, and the mood of the public regarding the economy, taxes, and perhaps most importantly, ending partisan gridlock in Washington will be the tipping point for most voters in this election. These are issues that could really set the candidates apart.

McCain (and the Republican party) need to come up with a comprehensive energy policy that includes not only their typical drilling in sensitive areas, nuclear, and coal solutions, but also by getting excited about GREEN ENERGY Solutions as well!!!! Republicans are correct about the drilling issue for off-shore and Alaska reserves, and most Americans agree with this. However, fairly or not, drilling is all any one ever hears about from the Republicans on this issue. This ticks off a lot of us regular Americans. Most Americans think we need to really push alternative energy at the same time s we expand our oil recourses and the Republicans need to move to the center on this point before the Democrats do or this important issue/ advantage will be lost. America outside the beltway knows we need drilling, nuclear, coal as well as wind, solar, and other alternatives and the first candidate who enthusiastically goes there and stakes out this so far vacant “turf” of an all inclusive energy policy, will win the election. I think the key for republicans would be to reiterate their well-known support for drilling, nuclear and coal, but what they really need to do is to get more enthusiastic about some of the more promising “green alternatives”. This would prevent McCain and the Republicans from being continually painted as the same old “fossil fuel/ oil” crowd that is causing so much concern to many Americans. As far as this comprehensive all options on the table policy, Obama can’t go there politically, and if the republicans can, it will take a whole lot of the wind out of the turbines of the Obama camp on this issue. Amongst the crucial “average, less than partisan American voters,” the need to peruse all of these solutions is the most important thing there is rite now. Old tired political alliances on both sides are leaving them increasingly willing to jump into any one’s arms who comes along with the concept of “real change,” no matter how credible or inexperienced. No wonder that even Al Gore is getting so much attention on this subject! The “all options on the table” energy policy I think is the key to this election but Republicans need to work extra hard to take over and that will mean an much friendlier approach to the green side as this is not their traditional turf.

On a lesser note, the immigration issue is also important and for most Americans is linked with both the national security issue and the tax – welfare cost – fairness issues. We need to stop the unfettered flow of unknown people into this country and establish some sort of a realistic and common sense policy towards immigration. This policy needs to be one that not only works but is enforceable. We do not need an amnesty, just a well spelled out process without loopholes and secret passageways that just open up a new set of floodgates for local politicians to get around. There should be strong penalties on states or cities that decide to ignore the policy.

Finally, I think that John McCain is an excellent candidate for this country at this time and his demonstrated ability to come together with those on both sides of the aisle in the name of reasonable compromise is what this election is really all about. Americans want change – they are tired of gridlock in politics and they want to see an effort of cooperation amongst their government officials on both sides to solve problems. They are tired of the “governmental-partisan civil war” that has been going on between politicians. We have the perfect candidate for this situation so why not exploit this proven McCain advantage. Obama keeps saying that he is the candidate of “change” but McCain is the only one of the two who has a record of doing this. In fact, can anyone name a single instance where Obama has done anything meaningful at all when it comes to working across the political aisle to solve a problem? Hammer on this point every time Obama says that “he” is the candidate for change and McCain is just another George Bush – ask “Where’s the beef”? Every time Obama tells us about how he represents “change” ask him what he has done in his “long years of congressional service” that illustrates his proven ability to work with the other side of the aisle…. then rattle off yet another example of John McCains record in which he has done exactly that. This will wear the Obama campaign’s point down to about where it belongs. However, if you really want to prove the point of standing for change to the rest of America, McCain should ask Joe Lieberman to be the vice president. He would be an excellent choice and that would be seen as a true ticket for “change” in American politics that no one would deny. Lieberman’s views should be acceptable to most republicans, and it is important to remember that this is not the election year to be thinking that you are going to get every thing you ever wanted in the whole contract with America thing anyway. Conservative republicans need to be careful and not get greedy in their expectations this time around. Remember that we need to work and live in the world we’ve got, so let s not take a page from the liberal handbook of living in the fantasy world where everything is the way we dream it should be in our minds. If we all let McCain know that we will show up to vote we will be better off for it, and it will give McCain the maneuverability to do what he is good at without worry of an attack from the rear. Yes he is a maverick, but that is what people are looking for this time around and there is a lot of daylight between “our” maverick and “theirs.” Again, let’s also not forget about the strong possibility of Supreme Court nominations. Who’s maverick do we want appointing them? What do you think the recent 2nd amendment decision would have been if Obama had been in there in time to appoint even one new justice?
If the Republican party and McCain can hit the energy, immigration and “change” issues that are so important this time around in a forceful and timely way, while doing so by appealing to the “common sense” thought process of the average American, they will win over the vast majority of voters of “the political middle” in America. This time it is going to be that middle, along with whichever party’s base decides to show up and vote, that will win the election for one of these two candidates. Let’s not get apathetic or stubborn, and lets not screw this up.

Eric in Maine.