But this year, we have John McCain. Not a conservative, but he plays one on TV. On the other side, it looks like we're going to have Barack Obama. Also not a conservative, but he's never claimed to be one.
McCain has been on both sides of just about every issue he's ever taken on. While I do believe that a person can and should change their mind from time to time (after all, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"--Ralph Waldo Emerson), having BOTH opinions on any given topic is just ridiculous. In short, I don't really trust him.
As for Obama, it appears that what you see is what you get. He's a liberal. Apparently he has at least some measure of common sense. He HASN'T been in Washington for most of his life (and that's not a bad thing). I guess my point here is, "the enemy you know is better than the enemy you don't". Just for fun, lets compare the two (shamelessly stolen from 411mania.com):
Obama and McCain both voted for the failed 2007 Immigration Act
Both voted against a bill that would prohibit undocumented immigrants convicted of aggravated felonies, domestic violence, stalking, violation of protection orders, crimes against children, or crimes relating to the illegal purchase or sale of firearms from gaining legal status.
Obama sponsored a bill which would have increased the level of family sponsored immigrants from 226,000 to 567,000. McCain voted no.
Obama cosponsored an amendment that reduces the annual limit on guest workers to two hundred thousand from a ceiling of six hundred thousand proposed.
Obama voted for an amendment that declared English to be the common language of the United States. John McCain voted no. However, he voted against English being the national language whereas McCain voted yes. HOWEVER Obama voted for English to be the unifying language and McCain agreed. I are a bit confused.
Both voted for triple-layered fencing at the border.
They both voted no on the same sex marriage amendment.
Obama voted to provide 500 million to help vets deal with PTSD and substance abuse. McCain voted no.
Both voted yes to embryonic stem cell research
I guess my point is they're both liberal. At least Obama is honest about it. And he APPEARS to be tougher on immigration than McCain. Obama's current plan is this:
1. Make them learn English
2. Make them pay BACK TAXES
3. Make them pay a fine
4. Put them at the back of the line for citizenship
And you know what, that's EXACTLY what we as conservatives have been saying we want. Sounds good to me.
You know, this has been an absolutely fascinating campaign so far. When it started, Hillary had all the advantages. She had the most money, she had the inside track to all the superdelegates, and she seemed to have the press under control. All the local party officials seemed ready to organize the votes to get her the nomination.
Now look at her: she's lost the past ELEVEN primary races, she's having to loan herself money to pay the bills, and the superdelegates aren't so locked down as she thought. It's all falling apart around her and she isn't sure why. Almost every week we see another crack in the facade, another barely contained bought of furious anger at Obama. Hillary simply cannot believe that Obama (of all people) is outsmarting her.
And I think it's wonderful.
Needless to say, I'll be watching the March 4 Texas primaries with great interest.