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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

McCain Is The New Reagan

Don't worry. My reason hasn't gone all screwy during my absence.

I don't really think that Senator John McCain (R-Ari), the now putative Republican nominee for the US Presidency, is the new Ronald Reagan.

But the blogpost title does refer to a very difficult thing to do in American politics, certainly recently:

John McCain, who only 8 years ago failed to gain his Party's nomination, might just walk away with it all in 2008.

The last person to do something similar was the self-same ex-Governor of California and Hollywood star. When he wasn't chosen as the nominee in 1976, Ronald Reagan's fortunes were on the way down.

He was seen as too old, too conservative, too belligerent in 1976, especially given the moderate, humble personality of incumbent president, and fellow Republican, Gerald R. Ford.

Fast forward 4 years, and those same characteristics gave people confidence not pause. Ronald Reagan won 50% of the vote, 9 percentage points ahead of President Carter.

America, it seems, was ready for a little feistiness.

Is the same true today? The man, John McCain, has not changed. Have the times changed?



But I'm not sure they've changed entirely in the Senator's favour.

The steady tiller of State he promises to be are at odds with his bull-in-the-Chinashop personality.

This is the exact opposite of President Reagan, who extreme leftists believed would blow up the world with his stark anti-Soviet rhetoric, all the while being an extremely affable man.

But it is true that Senator McCain has been given the chance to reinvent himself, just like the late President.

It's an invaluable chance, given the oft-mentioned Fitzgeraldian phrase, "There are no second acts in American lives".

Well, the one thing that Senator John McCain has proven in his life, is that he doesn't waste a chance to live again.



  • So who is your perfect candidate, according to the candidate calculator linked on your blog?

    By Blogger El Kot, at Wed Jan 30, 01:53:00 am GMT-5  

  • Yeah, well Richard Nixon also ran again eight years after losing.

    IMO, McCain is to Reagan as John Kerry is to Kennedy. A pale imitation.

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Wed Jan 30, 01:57:00 am GMT-5  

  • "The last person to do something similar was the self-same ex-Governor of California and Hollywood star"

    What about H.W.?

    Or -- more to the point -- Bob Dole.

    It happens a lot on the Republican side because a large portion of their electorate seems fixated on whose "turn" it is.

    By Blogger JSU, at Wed Jan 30, 02:30:00 am GMT-5  

  • Reagan would have NEVER gone for the anthropogenic global warming nonsense, then or now. The science is now in, John, doesn't that count for anything?

    By Anonymous Darrell, at Wed Jan 30, 03:50:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Off Topic...I wonder Victoria if you have a British accent...you know...like Brittney... :0

    By Blogger Ron, at Wed Jan 30, 08:16:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Guess I wrote with disappearing ink last night. Oh well, never mind. Suffice to say, enjoyed your post Victoria.

    By Blogger Randy (Internet Ronin), at Thu Jan 31, 12:30:00 am GMT-5  

  • Just saw a funny article in the NYT and wanted to share, knowing that Castro-phobes frequent here. ;)
    Too bad Vicky won't see it, as she apparently no longer checks out the comments. So, here you can read that there are other non-anti-Castro Bulgarians out there.
    (To be honest, it was a surprise for me, I was not aware of the facts of the story).

    By Blogger El Kot, at Fri Feb 01, 04:37:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Unfortunately, McCain is the "Manchurian Candidate."

    He is pro illegals, can we say FAR left?

    Can you say endorsed by Teddy Kennedy? The man who killed an Oldsmobile in Chappaquidick? Koppekni should have been able to swim.......

    Now that all said I do regard McCain as a hero. He did more than anyone would have expected in Nam.

    By Blogger conv442, at Thu Feb 07, 08:17:00 pm GMT-5  

  • So who is your perfect candidate, according to the candidate calculator linked on your blog?

    That's garbage. It told me I'm a Huckster supporter. Hah. I'd rather have rabid badgers stuffed in my pants than vote for Hucky the Huckster.

    As far as McCain goes, I'm still not sold on him by a long shot. Here are two yes/no questions for him:

    Border Fence?
    Amnesty for Illegals?

    Additionally, if the Senator is now against amnesty for illegals which is a change from his McCain-Kennedy days, what was his "road to Damascus" moment? in other words, dear Senator, are you sincere in your beliefs, or are you trying to blow smoke up my nether regions?

    It is up to him to convince me to vote for him. After 12 years of Bushies, I'm done voting for the lesser of two weasels.

    I'm now voting for the person I think is closest to my views on policy. Barring that, I'll vote for the person I think can cause the least damage.

    Ironically, I think that's Hillary.

    By Blogger I R A Darth Aggie, at Fri Feb 15, 02:53:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Fidel has packed it in, and where is our Sundries to celebrate with?

    By Blogger Ron, at Fri Feb 22, 12:39:00 am GMT-5  

  • Fidel may have packed it in, but there will be no change in management policies. If anything, Raul is more of a hardliner than Fidel was.

    By Blogger I R A Darth Aggie, at Sat Mar 01, 10:07:00 am GMT-5  

  • Nice thoughts...I look forward to reading more.



    By Blogger ESH, at Sun Mar 09, 10:17:00 pm GMT-4  

  • First Blair, now Gorby...

    By Blogger JSU, at Wed Mar 19, 06:00:00 pm GMT-4  

  • I'll be fine with McCain. Better him than the Dem choices. Yeesh!

    And where have you gone off to this time, Vicks? Get back here!

    By Blogger benning, at Thu Mar 27, 03:19:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Also, George H.W. Bush ran eight years after losing and Al Gore ran twelve years after losing. But both of them were sitting vice Presidents.

    I have lots of reasons not to like McCain, but here is one to try on for size:

    McCain's website (click on 'issues,' go to 'healthcare' and then click on the 'read more,' it's about a paragraph up from the bottom) says that he wants to get rid of the 'bias towards employer funded healthcare' and replace it with a $5,000 per family tax credit. Right now the average family plan costs $12,000 (and most employers pay about half) so the McCain plan would get people's employers to drop their health coverage and replace it with a thousand dollars less than it would cost the typical family to buy their whole policy. Further, if you are, for example, a cancer survivor or a member of your family has a chronic condition then right now you are part of a risk poll and pay the same as everyone else at work, but with the McCain plan there is no limit on what the insurers could charge you for your plan (or they could just choose not to insure you at all.)

    Hence the McCain plan will lead to MORE people being uninsured.

    Yup, John McCain will make things WORSE for a lot of people!

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Fri Mar 28, 01:00:00 am GMT-4  

  • Victoria, I can't believe I missed your brief return after your many months away!!! I had almost given up all hope already! Hope you are doing well and look forward to your next comeback!

    Un abrazo, Jose

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Sun Mar 30, 09:52:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Victoria,

    I hope all is well with you. It's good to hear from you again.

    When you have a moment, I have a simple questionnaire for you to fill out...

    vw: freolhj. Portugese for "bean"?

    By Blogger Pastor_Jeff, at Sat Apr 05, 07:11:00 pm GMT-4  

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