John McCain contnually portrays himself as an “underdog” who stands up to powerful interests in the nation and the Republican party. On one hand, he revels in the role of being a maverik and, on the other hand, insists he is a true conservative. Ironically, despite a solid conservative voting record, the closer he gets to the nomination, the more angry are right wing Republicans. Rush Limbaugh, is among the chief McCain-bashers. Within hours after the conclusion of voting on Super Tuesday, he lambasted the senator for his allegedly anti-conservative positions on a raft of issues ranging from immigration to tax cuts. He even hinted at voting for a Democrat in November. “One question I asked myself: if, if, if, if down the road you think the election of Obama, Hillary ofr McCain is going to result in very bad things happening to the country, who would you rather get blamed for it?”
Tomorrow night, John McCain will stand before 6,000 foot soldiers of the conservative revolution at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference and will most probably get a frosty reception. He refused to attend the group’s meetings in the past, but now will appear. He probably will promise to appoint conservative judges, wage a vigorous war on terrorism and stand firm on Iraq.
Is John McCain a maverik? Does he stand against special interests? There is not the slightest piece of evidence McCain is anything other than a conservative Republican. About the only slightly unRepublican measure he ever supported dealt wtih restricting money in presidential elections. If elected, the only thing “real” about McCain is the real Republican he is from A to Z. He is not a maverik when it comes to standing up for the rights of those without medical care, he is not maverik when it comes to aiding workers to gain decent pay or working conditions, he is on the side of corporate interests. Sorry, John McCain, you are no John Kennedy.