Is John McCain the last sane man in the Republican party?
You can make a good case for the fact that he is.
Start with this thought: Mike Huckabee is the clear choice of a large vocal and powerful wing of the Republican party. It is 2007, and Mike Huckabee does not believe in evolution. He has said: “If you want to believe you came from apes, fine. I don’t believe me and my family came from apes.”
And this is the man many Republicans believe would be the best to lead them into the future. A future perhaps lit only by fire, as Huckabee and his party have little use for science that challenges the precepts of their religion.
Mike Huckabee has won primaries in 8 states, including Iowa, Kansas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Louisiana. A case can be made that if you remove the cross-over independent votes that McCain attracted, Huckabee is the choice of a plurality if not majority of Republicans.
This is the Party of Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.
Ahh…Ronald Wilson Reagan. Every Republican wants to claim his mantle. Every Republican wants to claim they are his rightful heir.
Just how would Reagan fair today, as Governor of California, running for President?
Well, for the right wing fiscal conservatives, he would have to explain why in his first year of Governor of California, he pushed through the largest tax increase in the history of California. Granted, Reagan (being Reagan) returned those tax increases with rebates in the following years once he balanced the budget. But the fact remains Reagan as Governor, like George HW Bush, as President, raised taxes when he needed to.
For the social conservatives, Reagan would have the tough time of explaining why he signed the most liberal abortion rights bill in the nation when he was Governor of California. Always a personal opponent of abortion, Reagan never did one thing politically to restrict a woman’s right to abortion.
Mike Huckabee would wipe the floor with candidate governor Reagan today.
The point is that the Republican party used to be populated by experienced and thoughtful politicians who were not held hostage by the radical religious right. These politicians made decisions based on reason, experience, and with input from the other party.
Not any more.
John McCain, as a senator who has crossed the aisle numerous times to work with his democratic colleagues on election finance reform, immigration, not to mention his opposition to Bush’s tax cuts, is cut from the same cloth of men like Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, and Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower. And in this day in age, that is just not acceptable to a party that has the overwhelming desire to turn this nation into a Christian nation; a nation that forsakes science and reason in favor of a marriage of church and state run by pastors cum politicians.
This republican party now looks to be led by a man who does not believe in evolution. This is madness that we as a nation would even consider for one moment to give this kook (albeit a kindly kook) one vote or one chance to do anything more important than drive a bus. And yet, Mike Huckabee wins votes, wins primaries, and is the clear choice of a millions of republicans to be president of the United States of America.
This is just madness.
And that’s why John McCain may well be the last sane person in the Republican party.