Mike Pence challenges John McCain at CPAC
You need enthusiasm. Foot stomping, flag-waving, crawl-over-broken-glass-to-vote enthusiasm.Right on. I'm not holding my breath though. J-Mac has some serious work to do and he's not the type to try that hard when facing right.
The kind we had for Reagan.
Senator McCain, as much as it would please you to have that kind of enthusiasm from conservatives, it would please conservatives even more to have reason to give it. We long to once again feel that authentic spirit of hope and optimism for our county.
And I have to say, when you spoke yesterday, there were times that I sensed it was possible.
Your commitment to our troops and winning the war on terror was, of course, never at issue, but your unequivocal pledges on other conservative points are what hearten us most.
You promised a clear conservative approach to government:
• To make the tax cuts permanent
• To fight big government spending
• To veto any bill with earmarks and roll back entitlement programs
• To secure our borders first
• To appoint judges who will interpret the law and not make it
• To stand without apology for the sanctity of life
And you told us that you are not in the habit of making promises you don’t intend to keep.
These are the specifics that conservatives need to hear and keep hearing.
But now it’s time for deeds. You can begin keeping those promises today.
Whether this party comes together to support you as the nominee depends on your actions. So I offer you this challenge:
If you will continue to run on conservative issues and continue to build a solid conservative team and ticket, we can and will support you and work our hearts out to elect you as the 44th President of the United States.
You’ve claimed the Reagan mantle. Show us you know how to use it.
Senator McCain, if you continue to embrace the right, the right will embrace you.
If you're interested to read McCain's speech at CPAC... here it is.
Update: Mark Steyn cuts through the tough talk:
... For a certain percentage of voters, McCain is tonally a conservative, and that trumps the fact that a lot of his policies are profoundly unconservative. He won New Hampshire because if you stuck him in plaid he'd be a passable Beltway impersonation of the crusty, cranky, ornery Granite Stater. The facts are secondary that, on campaign finance, illegal immigration, Big Pharma and global warming, the notorious "maverick's" mavericity (maverickiness? maverectomy?) always boils down to something indistinguishable from the Democrat position. ...Here's the video of Steyn Mark speaking at CPAC if you're interested... he's great.
Update #2: Jed Babbin agrees:
If CPAC were a NASCAR race, Mike Pence would have lapped the rest of the field. It would cost John McCain little to act on Pence’s advice. And it could win him the White House if he does.