McCain Could Have
Saved the Republican Legacy
by Mark J. Mitchell
John McCain would have been a better Presidential candidate
for the Republican party - even if he had lost against Gore.
As much as many of us abhor the issues that Republicans represent,
their shelf-life as a viable American political party in the
next century would be more secure than it is now under the
puppetry of the Bush Political Machine if they had nominated
As the months sneak forward like an oil slick slithering toward the Galapagos
Islands, Dubya will slowly scrape away at the credibility of the Republican
party amongst its most staunch supporters. He does not have the ability
to understand complex issues and to implement solutions like our singularly
epistemologically inclined ex-prez, Bill. Clinton could not only galvanize,
inspire, and ultimately lead his own party, he was able to capture the
attention of the international community in a positive way that has rarely
been accomplished by any other president.
The swiftly approaching eye of History will judge our current president
in relation to his uncommon predecessor. The eye of History is so much
more fair and wise than that of man. Think about it. Would we be so disgusted
if it were McCain in office? Sure we would still have to have DemocraticUnderground.com
to expose the short-sightedness of Republican issues - but would we be
checking this site every day like we all do now? I think not. Even though
John McCain is 'one of those Republicans,' you know intrinsically that
the stalks behind his eyeballs are connected to a brain that thinks outside
the box of colloquialism.
Whereas George Bush Jr. has never traveled abroad, McCain was imprisoned
in a far-off land of war. This in itself should not be an indictment of
Bush, after all, wars alone do not make one great. It does show that while
one is intellectually stunted at the insular extreme, the other has benefited
from his harrowing experience with the outside. We Democrats on the other
hand are lucky, since we frequently travel the world for pleasure and
education, and avoid the whole war scene altogether by whatever means
legally necessary. We think that's a nice happy medium.
Even if McCain had lost against Gore, the Republicans would have been
able to retain their right of passage into the future. With
the increasingly embarrassing Bush, they have steered the
country, and possibly the world down a dead end road. When
the Republican Machine comes smashing into the brick wall
we know as historical perspective, their day will be over.
We will no longer hear of a "Republican party." Unfortunately
for the world, hate and ignorance will probably just take
on another name.