The Great Debate
It has been addressed in the comments to my previous post, but I think it merits further discussion:
What is a conservative to do if/when McCain wins the nomination?
I have a little round-up of interesting articles that may provide some insight:
John Podhoretz on why conservatives hate McCain. Much of this rings true, but not the part about ideological purity. Reagan said that a party could not and should not be all things to all people.
Jed Babbin on McCain’s failure to close the deal, his possible intro to his CPAC speech, and what he needs to do to win conservatives over.
How Campaign McCain is almost certainly more conservative than a President McCain would be. Of course, that has happened before- (Bush, Bush, Ford, etc.)
From the publisher of the American Spectator, more on what McCain needs to do to convince conservatives that he can be their guy. It involves not asking Giuliani, Lieberman, or Crist to serve as running mates. I would consider McCain/Thompson, or at least not reject it from the get-go. Or as someone, somewhere suggested, McCain/Cheney (hah!).
Hugh Hewitt, an ardent Romney supporter, explains how we are in too important an era to abandon ship if our candidate is not the nominee.
The WSJ‘s Daniel Henninger explains why it is important for conservatives to engage McCain and the party to help reshape it in a more conservative fashion. This is one of the better articles in favor of remaining involved and not sitting out the election.
As I wrote above, I find Henninger’s piece the most compelling. Despite my distaste for McCain, the “let the Dem win” angle may not be the best one for the country or the party. However, as I have also written, McCain/Huckabee would not be acceptable.