Thursday, January 10, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Reasons why John McCain is the most dangerous Republican to run in 2008 election:

1. Because he COULD win!

2. He is the least objectionable Republican candidate.

3. He's NOT a fundamentalist.

4. While the American public is not happy with the Republican administration we have now, they MIGHT vote for McCain because they believe he has integrity.

5. NO Democrat would be a shoe-in with McCain as challenger.

6. He is respected as a man who served his country and suffered at the hands of the enemy as a POW.

7. He believes in tax cuts.

8. He has been elected 4 times to the U.S. Sentate. He's experience personified.

9. While generally adhering to American conservatism, McCain has established a reputation as a political maverick for his willingness to defy Republican orthodoxy on several issues.

10. In the 2000 elections he ALMOST beat George W. Bush for the presidency.

11. He won the New Hampshire primary, a very impressive COMEBACK.

12. He's perceived as a straight-talker.

13. No matter what his politics, he's LIKEABLE. Obama might have a chance against him but not Hillary!


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Anonymous said...

You're so right! I'm ready for a Democrat to win, but McCain is definitely a dangerous Republican. I'm pulling for Obama at this point.

SandyCarlson said...

Great post, Mary! Great picture, too.... Scary stuff came out of New England. How I'm hoping for a Dem. in 2008!

ellen b. said...

So would you vote for him or is he too dangerous for you? I'm really not sure who I'll be voting for...

Anonymous said...

#6 is true, for sure, but I'm not sure how that translates into possessing an ability to run the economy. Why is it so bad to have a Republican candidate who doesn't live in the Nineteenth century?

Cheerio said...

Gee Whiz! He is a man of good background. If he is this good, he should win.

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Interesting thinking. I like that he seems willing to do his own thing and not stick to party lines.

That said, I'm not sure who I'd vote for if the presidential vote were this week. Lots of ground to cover yet...

Happy TT!

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing his willingness for the war to continue for ten thousand years might hurt him with independents and moderates. Even some very committed Republicans don't want that.

There's also this, which I imagine might come up: Keating 5.

I think he's got about as many drawbacks as Hillary, to be honest. But I'd rather have a decent Republican run than one of the ones who is butt-crazy (naming no names). I just wish McCain weren't such a loose cannon.

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Open Grove Claudia said...

I think he could win easily for all the points you put out and also because of his torture experience. He has the experience to make those decisions.

btw, I love the picture on your banner - where is that?

Happy TT!

RW said...

Not to mention a hot wife!

Robert said...

Interesting points. Many of the points you say make him "dangerous" I find make him qualified. I have no idea who my choice is yet but I don't see how some of these points make him dangerous. Almost beating Bush in the past, for is that dangerous? At any rate, thought provoking.

Anonymous said...

Interesting list.

Mine's up.

Anonymous said...

Interesting points you have made.

To be honest, I have not been following the Republican side of things as closely as I really should, but that is most liekly because I have a VERY strong dislike for 90% of the canidates.

However, out of those on the Republican side, I think McCain is the closest thing to being a reasonable canidate. Yes, he has some faults - but he is obviously not concerned about towing the Party line. He is more willing to go with what is best for the people, rather than his own self interests.

To answer some questions that folks have asked why McCain is dangerous, he is NOT dangerous to this country. In fact, given our standing, he woudl be a welcome breath of fresh air.

John McCain is dangerous to the Democrats, no matter who is running. This is because he is Republican enough to get a lot of the GOP behind him. He is Democrat enough to draw independants and even some Democrats to vote for him. He is also likeable and has a good, strong history and background for Forign Policy. He could fix a lot of what has been broken over the last 8 years.

The way I see it, is that McCain can beat Edwards, he has experience and is maverick enough to do it. He can easily beat Hillary because he is likeable and is not polarizing. While a fight against Obama may not result in an easy win...he can pull it off, I am sure.

So, yeah, as a Republican Canidate, he is quite dangerous to the Democratic party and their bid for presidency.

maryt/theteach said...

Hey everybody, thanks so much for commenting, I really appreciate it. You know that! One thing though, I'm not FOR John McCain... I just think he would be a formidable opponent for any Democrat who runs. I think he's the ONLY Republican Democrats might cross over and vote for... which isn't a good thing. :)

Claudia the picture on my banner or header is from Croatia, that's my nephew in the distance. Isn't it a gorgeous shot?

I say John McCain is dangerous because he might beat out a Democrat in the election. That's why he's dangerous, Robert!

Gattina said...

As I don't like any Republican I know more the Democrats, anyway if he is the pastor or the mormon I hope that they will not win otherwise poor America !

Michelle said...

Great post, although he isn't my candidate, he might be my 2nd place guy. Thanks for stopping by. Happy TT!

Heart of Rachel said...

Interesting post. I'm sorry I couldn't make any other comment because I'm not that familiar with him. Thanks for visiting my TT.

Anonymous said...

I'm not happy with ANY of the candidates. I don't think any of them are fit to lead our great country. Sad...isn't it?

Marilyn said...

I'm with you on his dangerousness. Anybody that thinks the war is good, is not somebody I want in office.

A Free Man said...

Excellent points. I think you're absolutely right. That's why I'm hoping that Huckleberry Hound pulls it out!

Robert said...

Ohhhh, so you just think the Republican party is dangerous. I see. Of course I disagree but now I understand where you were going with that. Thanks for the clarification.

maryt/theteach said...

You've got it exactly, anime! That's what worries me about McCain. Of all Republicans HE's the one who COULD possibly beat ANY of the Democratic candidates...a very frightening thing as far as I'm concerned.

maryt/theteach said...

Robert, I don't think the whole Republican party is dangerous JUST McCain! Any Democrat could beat any other Republican, Romney, Huckabee, for the opposite reasons I say McCain is dangerous! :)

maryt/theteach said...

You're absolutely right, Chris and Marilyn!

Anonymous said...

I have looked a little at McCain's stances and there is little I really dislike about him, but plenty I do is just that I like Obama more. I am enough of an Independant to vote for McCain over Hillary and Edwards.

I think the only issue that I take with McCain (at the moment - as I can't think of anything else) is his policy for wanting to continue the conflict in Iraq, when it is obviously not popular with the public. The ONLY selling point I can see from his perspective though is that he sees it like another Vietnam, which due to politics proved to be a horrible waste of American lives and money. I think he wants to continue it (albiet with different tactics) so it is not a repeat of Vietnam and a total failure. Remember, while he supports the continuing efforts he is adamantly against BushCo's current policies.

The way I see it, and this is my own personal opinon, is that McCain is a sufficent "Lesser Evil" for the Republican side. He is someone that I will support over Romny and Huckabee. He is someone I will support over Hillary and Edwards.

Do I think McCain is bad for the US? Not really. No. In fact, I see him as being better for the US than many of the other contenders on both sides. There are few people that I would support over McCain, but as of this moment I am not endorsing him. If that makes sense.

As of right now, I intend on throwing my lot in with Obama. Time and events will dictate whether or not my stance will change.

Anonymous said...

You make some good points! It will be interesting to see the results come November.

I have three TTs this week.

Raven's Rides: 13 places I went on my motorcycle yesterday
Raven's RV: 13 things we did in the RV when the power went out
Raven's Range: 13 thoughts about Thursday Thirteen

The link above has links to all three. :)

Anonymous said...

Right on target. I was so much in agreement with you that I linked your whole post from my site. I think he is the best chance the GOP has in a year where they have had only poor choices.