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February 28, 2007

Why John McCain Will Lose

by Doug Mataconis

Don Surber explains why he thinks John McCain’s candidacy is doomed:


The fundamental difference between McCain 2000 and McCain 2008 is that he put his name on a law that forbids people from speaking out against their congressman within 60 days of an election.


That is a show-stopper. Ever step in fresh dog-doo? The smell sticks to the shoe all day. That is what McCain-Feingold is to the senator from Arizona.

He is no longer John McCain. He is McCain-Feingold.


Americans do not like to be told to shut up.

McCain-Feingold told Americans to shut up.

Even Feingold could not run with it. He should be Obama. Instead, he is stuck on the sidelines because of McCain-Feingold.

There is a certain satisfaction in knowing that.

I hope Don is right. I hope people are rejecting John McCain for the one reason he deserves to be rejected; because he was one of the chief sponsors of one of the greatest violations of the First Amendment since the Alien and Sedition Acts. And I hope that it becomes publicly known that this is the reason he lost. If nothing else, it would reinforce my faith in the idea that, at their core, the American people want to be free.

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  • Matt S

    You don’t think that his flip/flop on the Religious Right will have something to do with it?

  • Brad Warbiany

    McCain-Feingold is my dealbreaker. I will not, under any circumstances, vote for John McCain.

  • David

    The guy is 72 yrs old, he won’t live too much longer. I don’t think America is ready to elect someone this old.

  • Adam Selene

    before I worry about his age, I worry about his ideals, ethics and principles. McCain has demonstrated time and again that he does not hold ideals related to liberty, that he is a big government conservative, and so it doesn’t matter what age he is.

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