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Op-Ed: RIP GOP

By Lew Waters     Jan 30, 2008 in Politics
Senator John McCain, former POW and one of the most liberal Senators sporting the ignominious “R” behind his name, cruised to an easy victory in the Florida Primaries, prompting many to presume he will be the party’s nominee in November.
Michael Graham of National Review declares It’s All Over stating, “Even if there were a realistic pathway to stop him, the media have seized control of the process now and are declaring him inevitable. He is, after all, the favorite son of the New York Times.”
This was set up long ago by the lamestream media to give Hillary and easier slide back into the White House. Strong conservatives were ignored, suffering a near total blackout on coverage and relegated to the far ends of debates, being given few questions to state their positions.
Many of us tried to get conservatives to check out the long shots who were being ignored but who stood on solid conservatism. Too many agreed they were good, but "not breaking out," therefore they couldn't support them. No support, no contributions, all had to withdraw.
The last few weeks before their withdrawals, even conservative columnists and radio hosts joined in with the blackout on coverage of the few actual conservative candidates. Michelle Malkin published a glowing eulogy of Duncan Hunter when it was felt he was dropping out, then ignored him until he did. Then, another glowing eulogy of his candidacy, but no support when he or the others were running, even though she penned I NEED A REAL MAN FOR PREZ just days earlier.
Limbaugh also didn't cover them, but constantly complained about all the rest. Hannity, Levin, Coulter, none would speak much of them to let conservative voters know there were some decent candidates to consider.
So, they've all dropped out now and I'm afraid the Republican party is in it's death throes as we send one of the most liberal members of the party to represent us, almost guaranteeing very low conservative turn-out, I fear. As Michael Graham says, “In November, we'll be sending out our most liberal, least trustworthy candidate vs. to take on Hillary Clinton, perhaps not more liberal than Barack Obama, but certainly far less trustworthy.”
Although McCain says he supports the Iraqi theater of the War on Terror, he advocates closing Guantánamo and bringing those Jihadists held there into the U.S., holding them at Fort Leavenworth, which would grant them full constitutional rights, including legal representation, at taxpayers expense. It doesn’t take much imagination to envision how fast lawyers from the ACLU would line up to defend the terrorists and free them to roam our streets and cities.
Florida’s Republican Party is a conservative dominated party. Romney and Huckabee split 7 in 10 conservative votes in Florida, leaving McCain 3 in 10, which combined with his slightly better than four in 10 moderates and liberals lining up behind him, gave him the win.
Memories of McCain’s involvement in the Keating 5 Scandal and McCain's possible involvement in a Telecom Lobbying Scandal will matter little as the New York Times and other staunchly liberal media outlets sing his praises as who they want to oppose Hillary, giving her an easy win to the presidency.
As I see it, conservatives main prayer now will be to retake Congress in 2010, provided we still have the freedoms we find dear today.
In all my 59 years I've never witnessed such brazen manipulation of the public by the media in such an important election. Hunker down, America, there is quite a bit of turbulence ahead.
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