McCain addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) today in an attempt to convince the audience that he is one of them. He has his work cut out for him. Out on the campaign trail Wednesday, McCain asked his "loudest conservative critics" to "calm down" and support his Republican presidential candidacy."
How will this "straight talking maverick" persuade his conservative skeptics that he won't take a left turn once he gains the nomination?
Human Events editor Jed Babbin writes:
One source told me last night that McCain is planning an all-out push at CPAC. At 3 pm tomorrow, McCain is scheduled to address the crowd expected to number over 6,000 activists. And McCain plans a very special introduction.
According to my source, McCain has prepared a video featuring President Ronald Reagan to make the introduction. If McCain uses this video, it is very likely to backfire badly. This is the group before which Ronald Reagan said in 1975 that, “A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.”
Very few of the 2008 CPAC crowd will see McCain as the successor to Reagan and Reagan’s principles. McCain has sacrificed conservatives’ fundamental beliefs throughout his Senate career. If McCain uses this introduction, the boos will be very loud.
I agree with Rush on this one. We don't need to "reach across the aisle" and deal with the democrats. They are to be defeated.