McCain 2008--Round 2
John McCain's recent call to repeal the Medicare prescription drug bill--in order to pay for Katrina--is causing some re-assessments over at RedState.
On McCain, I'm critical...but sympathetic:
1. His defense record is impeccable.
2. His record on tax cuts is much better than I had realized.
3. And his pro-life record is as strong as W's, if not stronger:
McCain beat George W. Bush in New Hampshire, in a nineteenpoint upset, but the storybook campaign ended when the Bush machine retaliated, in the infamous South Carolina primary. McCain had hoped that South Carolina's large veteran population would help him win there; but the Christian Coalition, deeply entrenched in the state, became the decisive constituency. Somewhat surprisingly, McCain had the support of Gary Bauer, the social conservative, who had dropped out of the race by that time. "I wanted a commitment from either George Bush or John McCain that if elected he would appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court," Bauer told me. "Bush said he had no litmus test, and his judges would be strict constructionists. But McCain, in private, assured me he would appoint pro-life judges."
UPDATE: Found this:
Recently Gary Bauer claimed John McCain had privately told him in 2000 that he would appoint pro-life judges to the courts as president. Then Governor Bush had told Bauer he has “no litmus test” for judges.
Appearing on CNN’s Late Edition on Sunday, McCain was asked about the rumored exchange with Bauer. He responded, “First of all, it was a private conversation. I won't talk about it. But I can tell you that there would be not litmus test for a judge if I were president of the United States. And obviously I'm going to wait a couple of years before I even make that decision.”
Ahem: isn't the usual line silence means consent?