The nutty conservatocracy

Campaign 2008

Good for Laura Ingraham. She's a Romney supporter who has not gone nuts. Seeing a McCain nomination as likely, she says she'll support him, given the alternative.

Other members of the conservatocracy are political suicide bombers. Ann Coulter said she would vote for Hillary Clinton over John McCain, and then went even when one step further: "I would vote for the devil over John McCain." Puh-leaze.

What's the basis for McCainophobia? McCain-Feingold was wrong. His Gang-of-14 work on judicial nominations was probably wrong, but it had some tactical justification. McCain gets zapped by talk show hosts - and Arizona voters - on immigration, but in an e pluribus unum country his position is defensible.

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I wasn't for McCain in 2000 and he wasn't my initial choice this year, but he showed a lot of guts - and wisdom - in pushing hard for the Iraq surge when other GOP candidates were making political comments. He has a long conservative record on most issues, as opposed to recent conservative words.

Romney supporters are the most faith-based this year: While McCain year after year during the 1990s was voting conservative, Romney was running as a liberal. Besides, McCain is an honorable man. He doesn't deserve the invective that Rush Limbaugh and others are dumping on him.

Here's where being primarily a Christian rather than a conservative is important. "Put not your hope in princes," so Christians are not to get carried away with enthusiasm for an Obama or a Romney. But we're also to use the judgment of charity, which means not seeing the worst in a McCain or a Hillary Clinton.

Only one thing is clear in the returns so far: People who expect utopia around the corner will be disappointed. Those who expect disaster around the corner will probably be wrong as well.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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