Monday, February 26, 2007

Breaking-Warner Endorses McCain

ABC News's Political Radar has the details...but see below for a small taste from their post.

"ABC News' Paul Fidalgo Reports: Despite significant disagreements over the Iraq War, Sen. John Warner, R-Va., gave his endorsement Monday for the presidential bid of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

The two Senators have recently been at odds over the President's escalation of troop levels in Iraq, with McCain being a staunch supporter of the President's policy, and Warner, a former Navy Secretary and World War II veteran, authoring a bill opposing the surge. They have been allies more often than they have been adversaries, however, and Warner's endorsement gives McCain the backing of a well-respected institution of the Senate, the military, and Southern politics in general."

23 Comments:

Blogger Derek Smalls said...

Mitt Romney has tried to compare his "switch" on abortion to that of George W. Bush, Zell Miller, and Ronald Reagan. Yeah, right. George W. never switched and the others did it out of conviction, not to win an election.

If there’s one thing I’ve found that Republicans loathe is a politician who comes off as disingenuous and slick. As of right now, Romney leads the pack in both the categories. Because there’s nothing more disingenuous and slick than explaining a switch in your position by comparing it to other prominent politicians who switched. That’s incredibly bad form and Romney should know better.

I mean, it’s way too earlier to ask this question but I’ll do it anyway: is Mitt done before he’s even started?

What could be interesting is, in the end, abortion may not be as big an issue in the primaries because Republicans know that they’re going to have to pick a candidate who can pull in the independents who left the right and swung the 2006 elections. That puts Giuliani and McCain in a pretty good position, although I think it’s better for Giuliani’s chances ultimately. Romney’s still in a pickle here, because if there’s one thing independents loathe…it’s a politican who comes off as disingenuous and slick.

Romney, you listening? You better because I don’t think there’s much time left before you’re defined as the Republican John Kerry.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who? What?

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DS - I think you should reserve judgment. Just like a born-again evangelical, we should welcome pro-lifers to our ranks. Nobody is giving the guy a chance to prove his conversion. In fact, he isn't "over before he begins" because he does have others to point to. I think most people don't know that Ronald Reagan signed the most liberal abortion law, pre-Roe v. Wade, in the country. It's a point of interest and point of reference that should be highlighted.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the February 26, 2007 edition of Newsweek, Mr. Romney’s flip-flops on abortion (and gay marriage) are well-documented. The article ends with an ominous comment from the authors, Jonathan Darman and Evan Thomas, that Mr. Romney “will not hesitate to change personnel—or policy positions—in his search for a winning formula.”


Are you willing to roll the dice?

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The big three give me heartburn.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wait, a democrat endorsed mccain?

wonder how that will sit with caucus go'ers.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops. wait. nevermind, i'm a moron.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's okay timmy, uh, I mean 12:11.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure McCain is against the the Warner bill on the war, Then does not show up to vote against it now Warner endorses McCain. I'd say McCain is lying to us against.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wouldn't be the first time.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wouldn't be the first time.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Do you think it would be a stretch to say that Presidentially, McCain's time was six years ago?

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What your all missing here is a clear sign that George Allen is toast in VA politics. For Warner to endorse after doing yeoman's work to get him re-elected should not be lost on anyone.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:27

my name is not timmy, thanks.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

smalls:
romney "switched" out of convention in 2003. and i'm prrretty sure there wasn't an election that year. check your facts dumbass

4:36 PM  
Blogger max said...

It's encouraging to see McCain picking up more respectable names all the time. Warner embarrassed himself with his anti-surge stance but his support for McCain's bid for President is more than welcome. He might even bring in some of the less hawkish voters on side. http://libertas01.wordpress.com/

10:15 PM  
Anonymous the one is here now bow down said...

He might even bring in some of the less hawkish voters on side.

McKennedy is far from a hawk.

6:22 AM  
Blogger Derek Smalls said...

4:36

It is called the presidential race. Mitt switched when he decided he was going to make a run for the presidency. He was even quoted before his election to Governor as saying that his pro-choice stand ONLY applied to being a Governor of Mass. and not if he was the "mayor of boston or in congress" or something like that. How convenient and opportunisitic.

No, 4:36, check your facts.

8:37 AM  
Blogger murphy said...

derek smalls,

When lecturing people on checking their facts, you should be sure that you have your own facts right. Here's the correct quote from Feb 28 2005:

“What I said to people was that I personally did not favor abortion, that I am personally pro-life. However, as governor I would not change the laws of the commonwealth relating to abortion...But that’s the furthest I’m going to take you right now. I’m governor of Massachusetts, and I’m telling you exactly what I will do as governor of Massachusetts, but I’m not going to tell you what I’d do as mayor of Boston or a congressman or any of those positions.”

4:15 PM  
Blogger Derek Smalls said...

As usual Murphy only presents you half the story. Here is the quote in its entirety:

"I can tell you what my position is, and it's in a very narrowly defined sphere, as candidate for governor and as governor of Massachusetts," Mitt Romney said. "What I said to people was that I personally did not favor abortion, that I am personally pro-life. However, as governor I would not change the laws of the commonwealth relating to abortion."

"Now I don't try and put a bow around that and say what does that mean you are -- does that mean you're pro-life or pro-choice, because that whole package -- meaning I'm personally pro-life but I won't change the laws, you could describe that as -- well, I don't think you can describe it in one hyphenated word."

Reporter : "Do you support making abortion illegal? I'm not talking about what you would do as governor of Massachusetts."

Romney: "But that's the furthest I'm going to take you right now. I'm governor of Massachusetts, and I'm telling you exactly what I will do as governor of Massachusetts, but I'm not going to tell you what I'd do as mayor of Boston or a congressman or any of those positions."


Now, that is a more tortured answer than even Bill Clinton thought of giving. If you can live with that Murphy, then more power to you. Those of us who care about being intellectually honest and having a candidate with a backbone, well, I dare say that Mitt is the farthest thing in the world to meeting our criteria.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is called "context" Murphy. Something Mitt Romney doesn't understand.

4:42 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

Derek & anon,

Far be it from me to deny the full context of anything. If you've paid any attention to my posts, you'll see that I criticize the omission of important context regardless of candidate.

What I gave you was the part most relevant to your 8:37 post, in which you incorrectly cited that interview as taking place prior to his election. It should not be such a hard thing for you to admit when you get something wrong.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Derek Smalls said...

Murphy:

It is hard to keep track of all of Mitt's flip-flops. I apologize.

5:33 PM  

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