on John McCain: Conservatism’s Best Hope


The names John McCain the “Slow Train Coming”

Article excerpt from “The Economist” print edition, Feb. 8, 2007. “Mr McCain has a rare ability to present conservative ideas in a language that moderates and independents can find appealing. He also has a rare ability to break with the conservative establishment on subjects where they are obviously batting on a losing wicket, such as global warming. This could make him the best candidate for reviving conservatism from its current dismal state—and also the best candidate for keeping conservatism alive in a Washington where the Democrats rule Capitol Hill.

Mr McCain has also often been right about the war. He was one of the first major politicians to call for Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation. He repeatedly criticised George Bush’s tolerance of torture as a stain on America’s good name. Even his support for Mr Bush’s “surge” may not be as much of a liability as it appears. The bulk of Republican primary voters are in favour of giving the war one last chance; and Mr McCain’s willingness to risk his political career over Iraq burnishes his tarnished reputation as a straight-talker.” Click here to read the full article.


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