Ann Coulter reminds readers today of many issues John McCain supported that they may have forgotten about. These are issues that do not line up in the "conservative" column:
- Believes in global warmingI agree that John McCain served his country and was a prisoner of war. However, the way he has served in D.C. has nothing to do with his military background.
- Opposed President Bush's tax cuts
- Opposed a marriage amendment to the Constitution
- Was against waterboarding terrorists
- Is against ANWR ... drilling for oil in Alaska
- Called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth "dishonest and dishonorable"
- Promoted amnesty for illegal aliens
- Was for Social Security for illegal aliens
- Supported criminal trials for terrorists
I am tired of hearing the liberal lie that McCain was savaged in South Carolina by the George W. Bush supporters before the 2000 primary. That is not true.
As Ann Coulter wrote:
McCain started and fanned the vicious anti-Bush myth that, before the 2000 South Carolina primary, the Bush campaign made phone calls to voters calling McCain a "liar, cheat and a fraud" and accusing him of having an illegitimate black child.I worked the George W. Bush campaign in 2000. I was in Richmond volunteering at Bush for President headquarters when the South Carolina stories broke from the McCain campaign. It is nice to see Ms. Coulter has put the truth out for people to read.
On the thin reed of a hearsay account, McCain immediately blamed the calls on Bush. "I'm calling on my good friend George Bush," McCain said, "to stop this now. He comes from a better family. He knows better than this."
Bush denied that his campaign had anything to do with the alleged calls and, in a stunningly magnanimous act, ordered his campaign to release the script of the calls being made in South Carolina.
Bush asked McCain to do the same for his calls implying that Bush was an anti-Catholic bigot, but McCain refused. Instead, McCain responded with a campaign commercial calling Bush a liar on the order of Bill Clinton:
MCCAIN: His ad twists the truth like Clinton. We're all pretty tired of that.
ANNOUNCER: Do we really want another politician in the White House America can't trust?
After massive investigations by the Los Angeles Times and investigative reporter Byron York, among others, it turned out that neither of the alleged calls had been made by the Bush campaign -- nor, it appeared, by anyone else. There was no evidence that any such calls had ever been made, which is unheard of when hundreds of thousands of "robo-calls" are being left on answering machines across the state.
And yet, to this day, the media weep with McCain over Bush's underhanded tactics in the 2000 South Carolina primary.
In fact, the most vicious attack in the 2000 South Carolina primary came from McCain -- and not against his opponent.
Seeking even more favorable press from The New York Times, McCain launched an unprovoked attack against the Rev. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, calling them "agents of intolerance." Unlike the phantom "black love child" calls, there's documentary evidence of this smear campaign.
To ensure he would get full media coverage for that little gem, McCain alerted the networks in advance that he planned to attack their favorite whipping boys. Newspaper editors across the country stood in awe of McCain's raw bravery. The New York Times praised him in an editorial that said the Republican Party "has for too long been tied to the cramped ideology of the Falwells and the Robertsons."
There are other reasons I hesitate to support McCain but they are for another day....