McCain ‘most ef­fec­tive ad­vo­cate’ for Demo­crat agenda

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Joseph Farah

Iwill not be vot­ing for ei­ther Barack Obama or Hil­lary Clin­ton for pres­i­dent. But I also will not be vot­ing for John McCain. I could tell you all the rea­sons and have ex­pressed them al­ready in a num­ber of col­umns in re­cent months. But this time, I’ll let some­one with whom I sel­dom agree ex­press them for me.

His name is Jonathan Chait, a se­nior ed­i­tor at The New Repub­lic. Here’s what he wrote in that mag­a­zine:

“Even though it is in the pub­lic record, McCain’s vot­ing be­hav­ior dur­ing Bush’s first term is al­most never men­tioned in the press any­more. Yet McCain’s se­cret his­tory is sim­ply as­ton­ish­ing. It is no ex­ag­ger­a­tion to say that, dur­ing this cru­cial pe­riod, McCain was the most ef­fec­tive ad­vo­cate of the Demo­cratic agenda in Wash­ing­ton.

“In health care, McCain cospon­sored, with John Ed­wards and Ted Kennedy, a pa­tients’ bill of rights. He joined Chuck Schumer to spon­sor one bill al­low­ing the reim­por­ta­tion of pre­scrip­tion drugs and an­other per­mit­ting wider sale of generic al­ter­na­tives. All th­ese mea­sures were fiercely con­tested by the health care in­dus­try and, con­se­quently, by Bush and the GOP lead­er­ship. On the en­vi­ron­ment, he spon­sored with John Kerry a bill rais­ing au­to­mo­bile fuel-ef­fi­ciency stan­dards and an­other bill with Joe Lieber­man im­pos­ing a cap-and-trade regime on car­bon emis­sions. He was also one of six Repub­li­cans to vote against drilling in the Arc­tic Na­tional Wildlife Refuge.

“McCain voted against the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts. He cospon­sored bills to close the gun­show loophole, ex­pand Ameri­Corps, and fed­eral air­port se­cu­rity. All th­ese things set him against nearly the en­tire Repub­li­can Party.” It is no won­der Mr. McCain ac­tively courted the idea of switch­ing par­ties be­fore his run for the pres­i­dency. He clearly be­longs in the Demo­cratic Party — even in th­ese times when there is so lit­tle dis­tinc­tion be­tween the two ma­jor par­ties.

No mat­ter who be­comes pres­i­dent this year, the White House will be­come a bully pul­pit for the re­li­gion of global warm­ing.

No mat­ter who be­comes pres­i­dent this year, the White House will sup­port fed­eral fund­ing of em­bry­onic stem cell re­search.

No mat­ter who be­comes pres­i­dent this year, the White House will be in the cor­ner of those who want more gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion of cam­paign fi­nance, mean­ing more re­stric­tions on fun­da­men­tal First Amend­ment rights.

No mat­ter who be­comes pres­i­dent this year, the White House will be firmly in the cor­ner of wildly out-of-con­trol il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, firmly op­posed to build­ing the bar­ri­ers that are needed to sup­press it and in fa­vor of some form of amnesty for tens of mil­lions of il­le­gal im­mi­grants al­ready here.

No mat­ter who be­comes pres­i­dent this year, the White House will op­pose tax cuts, as Mr. McCain did in 2001 and 2003.

No mat­ter who be­comes pres­i­dent this year, the White House will name judges and jus­tices more in the mold of the lib­eral Ruth Bader Ginsburg (whom Mr. McCain sup­ported) than Mr. Bush’s ju­di­cial nom­i­nees de­feated by the Gang of 14 (or­ga­nized by Mr. McCain).

In other words, there is sim­ply no rea­son for me to sup­port Mr. McCain — no mat­ter who his vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee might be.

Mr. McCain may in­deed win the pres­i­dency. But it won’t be be­cause he is in tune with the will of the Amer­i­can peo­ple. It will be be­cause they don’t re­ally know Mr. McCain’s record and be­cause the Demo­cratic Party will be split over the schism cre­ated be­tween Mrs. Clin­ton and Mr. Obama.

But Mr. McCain won’t get any help from me. He won’t get my vote. In fact, to be hon­est, if the Repub­li­can Party is ever go­ing to re­cover it­self and be­come the party it was un­der Ron­ald Rea­gan, it will hap­pen faster if Mr. McCain is beaten. It will hap­pen faster if Mr. Obama or Mrs. Clin­ton gets elected and im­ple­ments the Big Brother, so­cial­ist agenda they both en­dorse.

Bring it on. I’ll do my best to ex­pose it. Maybe the Amer­i­can peo­ple will wake up and re­dis­cover the mean­ing of free­dom af­ter tast­ing elit­ist, top-down, com­mand-and­con­trol, cen­tral­ized so­cial­ism.

We all are go­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence it in the next four years. It’s sim­ply a ques­tion of who is go­ing to be force-feed­ing it to us. I’d rather it come from the Democrats so the Amer­i­can peo­ple know who is to blame.

Joseph Farah is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist.

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