As you probable know, John McCain is the enviable nominee for the Republican nomination.
Whether your like that or not, we must (as a party of Republicans) unite to defeat Clinton or Obama. Obama is nice, but he has such a liberal stance on so many things that he is just giving people a false understanding of his positions. And Clinton, well she is is Hillary Clinton. (By the way if you Google: Clinton Scandals this website, http://www.io.com/~cjburke/clinton/clinatoz.html, provides a good A-Z look at what the next Clinton presidency would look like).
John McCain by many terms is a conservative, but he is a maverick-conservative. He lacks the character and principles to always be a conservative. Just take into factor McCain-Feingold, Mccain-Kennedy (McCain-Lieberman in McCain’s defense was supported by the auto industries and the emission standards are not that all difficult). Unfortantely I am not going to take the conventional route of saying the Republican base hates him for a minor policy differences. The Republican base dislikes John McCain, because he represents a different part of the party that has not been in control since the prime Goldwater years. This part of the party does things out of character at times, but bleeds conservatism. The John McCain part of the party is a no-crape part of the party. If the true discussion was about John McCain not being conservative enough, than the Republican base would have left Bush a long time ago.
John McCain has some problems, but here are few suggestions that will make the party and America like John more:
(1) Needs to stop telling people he is a POW everywhere he goes. Everyone knows, Sen. McCain has Red, White and Blue in his body and he sacrificed 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war for his country. This a extremely honorable, but he for some reason thinks he can talk down to everyone else because of it.
(2) Propose some extremely pro-growth economic policies. He must make his Giuliani and Steve Forbes endorsements count. Propose ideas that really put supply economics into play. Such as a one page tax system or cutting corporate rates not just down to 25% as he proposed, but to 15 or 20%. John McCain is in great position to do this, since he is a Budget Hawk. Also, propose ideas to give car companies millions of dollars for producing the first 100 MPG car (American cars that is). Other things like reducing capital gains taxes. McCain must explain to the American people that he can improve the quality of life without promising more entitlements. McCain is going to go up against Sen. Clinton (as I believe she will win) so he needs to push the fact that it took a REPUBLICAN congress to balance the budget, not a Democrat President in the late 1990’s.
(3) Get a VP that is both economical conservative and less maverick like. Preferable a southern or Midwestern governor. Unfortunately I have no clue who that could be. (Answers?)
(4) RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, RAISE MONEY, and RAISE MONEY!
If there is one thing that can unite the party more is that if John McCain can take the next five to six months to show the Republican party he can raise 500 million dollars. The Republican base will eventually get behind McCain it just takes time. Clinton or Obama may suffer, because of the lack of time to raise money, but that does not mean the Dem.’s will have money. The Dems. will have money.
I wish John McCain the best.