If McCain’s going to claim he’s a conservative on guns, then he’s got some explaining to do.

I have a new op-ed at National Review Online today:

With presidential primaries just over two-and-a-half years away, John McCain is moving back towards Republican conservatives. On some issues, from campaign finance to illegal immigration to global warming, he isn’t even trying to convince conservatives that he agrees with them. But he realizes he can’t oppose them on everything. So, on other important issues, such as taxes, abortion, and guns, he’s brandishing his conservative credentials.

It is quite a contrast to his 2000 presidential campaign, when he openly criticized and needled conservatives. This last Saturday, he even gave a graduation talk at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University (though, for balance, he will also be addressing this week graduates at New York City’s very left-wing New School).

Reporters speculated on Meet the Press on Sunday that McCain wants to make amends with conservatives well before he officially announces his candidacy for president next year. So can he convince people he is still sufficiently conservative? . . . .


Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

I've listened to him and Hillary and find it difficult to trust either. McCain has no idea which direction to lead this country; he wavers like a candle in the wind.

I know few people well enough; of all the ones I've listened to I like Lindsey Graham the most. But I admit, I don't know any candidate enough.

Was a good op-ed at NRO - you stuck up for gunners - thanks.

5/17/2006 4:11 PM  
Anonymous Chas B said...

McCain is not acceptable to gun rights activists, and his nomination would ensure a Hillary victory besides.
(But he's been shot down by Communists before, so it wouldn't be a new experience for him.)

5/17/2006 7:27 PM  

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