Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

01/21/2008 (8:03 am)

Briefly, Why McCain Is Winning

McCain is polling well. Here’s why:

A) He’s a war hero.
B) He has the best credentials of any candidate for fitness to be commander-in-chief, and national security is a campaign issue this year.
C) He’s performing better than anybody else in head-to-head polls against Democrats.
D) The press loves him, and serves him softballs.
E) He comes across as sensible in the televised debates.

Now, none of this is really all that impressive to those of us who follow politics. Bob Dole was also a war hero, and … is it politically insensitive to say he “bombed?” The head-to-heads don’t mean squat; they measure a beauty contest for the uninformed, and will change in the fall when the campaigns ramp up. The press is all Democrats. So the excitement and the poll boost are mostly about appearances.

Sadly, in our horribly shallow electorate, appearances have a substance all their own…

And why he shouldn’t be winning:

Mark Levin lays out McCain’s recent Congressional record in the National Review. Short version: he’s sided with Congressional Democrats on nearly every major domestic issue throughout the Bush administration. If McCain wins the nomination, November will be a choice between a Democrat hawk and a Democrat dove.

In my estimation, he’s not fit for high office. My previous comments here and here.

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