I made the mistake of watching my very first presidential debate last night. It was essentially a two-man show as Son of Cain and Romney went at each other, with Mike Huckabee whining all night about his lack of airtime, and Ron Paul talking over most commoners' heads about monetary policy. I'm not saying Paul's analysis about monetary policy was wrong, but his approach is unfortunately not made for the soundbite style of a televised debate.
My biggest impression of the debate was seeing for the first time what a smarmy, smug asshole Son of Cain can be. His fecal-eating grins and shakes of the head as Romney spoke reminded me of the infantile huffing and puffing that Al Gore engaged in during his debates with George W. Bush eight years ago. I have no great love for that slick used-car salesmanesque Romney either, but Son of Cain was simply deplorable. I have come to the conclusion that if someone put a gun to my head and made me choose between Son of Cain or Mitt Romney, I would choose Romney.
I read a great post tonight from a blog called Polipundit, in which Son of Cain's non-conservative bonafides were listed in a most informative and succinct way. Polipundit lays out why I could never vote for Son of Cain, no matter which Democrat runs against him:
1. They say God put Republicans on earth to cut taxes. But John McCain was one of only two Republicans to vote against the Bush tax cuts.Of the items on that list, #2 and #8 concern me the most. I have talked about both of those positions of his in the past, and I have more to say about Son of Cain's support of amnesty for illegal aliens. I found the following video on YouTube that gives a great soundbite rundown of the views of Juan Hernandez, the "Hispanic Outreach Director" for Son of Cain's campaign. Son of Cain says he has listened to the American people who rejected his Shamnesty bill and has strengthened his resolve to "secure the border". Oh really? Let's hear what Dr. Juan has to say about that "border":
2. McCain was the biggest supporter, and co-sponsor, of McCain-Feingold, the greatest assault on free speech in at least three decades.
3. McCain backs all kinds of anti-gun legislation.
4. McCain attempted to give terrorists at Gitmo various “rights.”
5. McCain supports various intrusive government regulations to stop “global warming.”
6. McCain insulted various Christian leaders during the 2000 campaign.
7. McCain called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth “dishonest and dishonorable” because they dared question what John Kerry had done in Vietnam.
8. McCain championed, sponsored, and repeatedly attempted to ram through a bill to amnesty 20 million illegal aliens, and import tens of millions of poor, low-skilled, under-educated, non-English-speaking Third Worlders.
If Mitt Romney is a “full-spectrum conservative,” McCain is a full-spectrum anti-conservative.
If McCain is selected as the Republican party’s nominee, I will not be able to vote for him, any more than I could vote for Hillary Clinton. I will leave my vote blank at the top of the ticket, or find a third party candidate to support.
As I watch this guy speak, I think of the famous quote that says, "When fascism comes... it will come with a smile on its face."
Good Day to You, Sir