The GOP has responded in its usual way--by blaming everyone except themselves. Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party's presidential candidate has been especially targeted by GOP mouthpiece Newt Gingrich as the cause of McCain's current troubles. Gingrich claims that Barr is taking away votes from McCain, causing him to fall behind against Obama in states that the GOP would ordinarily win.
Gingrich stated in an interview last week that all "reasonable conservatives" should vote for McCain, because, as he claimed, a vote for Bob Barr is "a vote for Barack Obama."
Such shennanigans are beginning to get a little tiresome coming from the GOP--the party of big government and policing the world. If John McCain were a real conservative who believed in a Constitutional government and foreign policy, he would have plenty of people to vote for him and would not have to worry about third party challengers.
However, McCain is not a conservative and must therefore try and blackmail conservatives into voting for him through use of helpful hacks like Newt Gingrich. Gingrich, as I mentioned before, is mainly trying to keep conservatives from voting for Bob Barr, who told the Washington Post last week:
“With regard to domestic policy, Sen. McCain really has put forward nothing that would indicate he believes in dramatically shrinking the size and cost of the government. He does talk a great game about doing away with earmarks, but that really does not get near to the heart of the matter of the massive federal spending, the massive federal debt and the deficits we’re running.”
Such talk really gets to the heart of why I, and millions of other Republicans will not be voting for our nominee, who has shown absolutely no inclination to follow the path of Reagan, and has, instead, decided to take the party back to the misbegotten "moderate" days of Jerry Ford and Nelson "Rocky" Rockefeller.
There is a fine Republican running for Congress in North Carolina who says "There is no substitute for reducing the size and expense of our federal government," precisely the kind of talk that the GOP needs--although John McCain is working hard to avoid it.