Too bad he didn’t sound like this on the campaign trail.Â At least, his criticism of some of Obama’s early initiatives helps quiet (but not totally extinguish fears) that the MSM might try to co-opt the one-time Republican presidential nominee, offering him favorable (fawning?) coverage if he bucks his party and backs the president.
In a great post today on Commentary’s Contentions, Jennifer Rubin finds the Arizona Republican faulting his fall rival for “grandstanding on Guantanamo.”Â McCain believes the government should have proceeded with the military commissions which the president delayed.
On the big issue of the day, the Democrats’ supposedly stimulative multi-billion dollar budget boondoggle, McCain sounds a lot like a Republican:
I hope we can work together to, frankly, be a real stimulus package and not just a spending package that has every cat and dog and pet project that people have. . . .Â Because the object of a stimulus package is to stimulate the economy, not to just spend more and run up the debt to our kids and our grandkids.
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I think we should spend the money that we can immediately, but at the same time if we have a couple of quarters of positive GDP growth, then let’s start reducing and eliminating the huge, massive, unprecedented deficits that are going to accrue from these actions.
Somehow, I don’t think the Democrats will listen. But, there are growing signs the Republicans will take heed to his words.
It’s nice to see McCain not mincing words about the Democrats’ fiscal follies.
He also shows Republicans a way to oppose the President. We don’t just oppose for opposition’s sake, but oppose by articulating our reasons for doing so. And when those reasons accord with our party’s core principles, as they always should,Â by opposing, we don’t just oppose Democratic policies, but also affirm our own conservative ideals.