Monday, October 13, 2008

Conservatives Against McCain: An Introduction

  • Wick Allison, former publisher of National Review endorses Obama saying, "The more I listen to and read about, “the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate,” the more I like him. Barack Obama strikes a chord with me like no political figure since Ronald Reagan..."

  • Joshua Trevino, co-founder of RedState writes in Jindal rather than voting for McCain saying, "Do I believe in John McCain? Not as much as I used to. Do I believe in Sarah Palin? Despite my early enthusiasm for her, now not at all. Do I believe in the national Republican Party? Not in the slightest -- even though I see no meaningful alternative to it."

  • David Brooks, conservative columnist and pundit, formerly of National Review, called Sarah Palin a "fatal cancer."

  • Christopher Buckley, satirist and son of William F Buckley, wrote:
    "John McCain has changed. He said, famously, apropos the Republican debacle post-1994, “We came to Washington to change it, and Washington changed us.” This campaign has changed John McCain. It has made him inauthentic. A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises, such as balancing the federal budget “by the end of my first term.” Who, really, believes that?"
  • Jeffrey Hart, former Nixon and Reagan speech writer (original link appears to be dead, so I link to Vox Baby who has most of the text). As per Vox Baby: "In Obama, by contrast, Hart sees a Great Communicator in the mold of Reagan, John F. Kennedy and Franklin D. Roosevelt, a leader who can inspire Americans to work together on the problems of the 21st Century."

  • Matt Welch, editor of Reason Magazine, writes a piece titled, "Be Afraid of President McCain: The frightening mind of an authoritarian maverick."

  • Andrew J. Bacevich of The American Conservative, makes the "Conservative Case for Obama."

  • Andrew Sullivan, author of The Conservative Soul , says "Is Iraq Vietnam? Who really won in 2000? Which side are you on in the culture wars? These questions have divided the Baby Boomers and distorted our politics. One candidate could transcend them."

  • William Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard wrote, "It’s time for John McCain to fire his campaign."

  • David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, asks "...Do you think Obama will increase spending by $1 trillion, because that's what Republicans did over the past two presidential terms...And there are certainly libertarians who think Obama will be better on the war and on foreign policy, on executive power and on surveillance than McCain."

  • Douglas W. Kmiec, former head of the Office of Legal Counsel for President's Reagan and H.W. Bush, said "...I endorse Barack Obama for president of the United States. I believe him to be a person of integrity, intelligence, and genuine good will."

  • David Friedman, son of Milton Friedman and academic economist and self-described anarcho-capitalst said, "McCain strikes me as a nationalist, likely to be comfortable with retaining and even expanding on the increases in executive authority claimed by Bush. He is also the one pro-war candidate...Perhaps, if we are lucky, Obama will turn out to be the anti-Bush."


  1. Distinguishing between those who are explicitly endorsing Obama and those who are critiquing McCain is important. I say this because I have yet to see Kristol or Brooks say much positive about Obama. They are pundits, being critical is part of their job.

    Tangentially, does anyone have a Republican candidate they would have preferred? I can take issue with many of McCain’s campaign decisions, but he is still my favorite Republican.
    McCain is sitting on top of a crumbling party. When he raises the call to “fight”, he sounds like a martyr.

  2. Your distinction is correct, and the reason I gave a blurb for each and the title of "Conservatives Against McCain" as opposed to "Conservatives for Obama." If people desire, I can edit the post to separate these two groups.


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