Sunday, September 5, 2010

John McCain's Push To Define The GOP

I thought this was funny - an Amanda Terkel article for The Huffington Post discusses Sen. John McCain and his desire to have the GOP actually give details on what they want to do, but in his old age it seems the senator is making less sense each day.
Today on "Fox News Sunday," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called for Senate Republicans to put out a detailed agenda of the party's policy ideas, but when pressed about his position on changing Social Security, he said he "can't endorse a specific proposal."

When host Chris Wallace asked McCain whether he is "comfortable with some of the Tea Party ideas that would dramatically shrink the size and the scope of the federal government," the senator said he favored repealing and replacing "Obamacare," introducing a balanced budget amendment, and eliminating pork barrel spending -- ideas that could constitute some sort of contract with America.

McCain also agreed the GOP caucus should "come forward with an agenda before the election," saying the American public needs a reason to vote for Republicans. Wallace then brought up Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) Roadmap for America's Future, which proposes changing Social Security by giving "workers under 55 the option of investing over one third of their current Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts." McCain paused, before shying away from the idea and saying he "can't endorse a specific proposal."
I guess McCain wants something more definitive then the right-wing "Mount Vernon Statement," which aimed to redfine conservatism in America, but what is funny is that McCain's desire for a new contract with America proves that the Republicans have no real agenda, other then obstruct the current administration at every turn.  The Republicans are going to have to explain themselves to voters eventually, and while complaining about the Democrats has seemed to work for them in the primary and they may have riled up their base to pick up a good amount of seats, when all is said and done, McCain is right - the GOP is a plan.

That is when the fun will start because we will see these new tea party candidates try to wrestle control from the establishment.  Just look at Ryan's nonsensical attempt with his road map.  John McCain and most of these Republicans have become irrelevant.

I welcome new thoughts from the GOP, but I also want republicans to stand up to republicans (and tea partiers)...

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