Thursday, September 18, 2008

Conservative scruples (continued)

The ranks of conservatives jumping over to Obama continue to swell.
Wick Allison, the former publisher of the National Review, endorsed Barack Obama. Here's a quote from his column.

Barack Obama is not my ideal candidate for president. (In fact, I made the maximum donation to John McCain during the primaries, when there was still hope he might come to his senses.) But I now see that Obama is almost the ideal candidate for this moment in American history. I disagree with him on many issues. But those don’t matter as much as what Obama offers, which is a deeply conservative view of the world. Nobody can read Obama’s books (which, it is worth noting, he wrote himself) or listen to him speak without realizing that this is a thoughtful, pragmatic, and prudent man. It gives me comfort just to think that after eight years of George W. Bush we will have a president who has actually read the Federalist Papers.

Most important, Obama will be a realist. I doubt he will taunt Russia, as McCain has, at the very moment when our national interest requires it as an ally. The crucial distinction in my mind is that, unlike John McCain, I am convinced he will not impulsively take us into another war unless American national interests are directly threatened.

Elizabeth Drew who in 2002 authored a positive book about McCain entitled "Citizen McCain" just penned this column "How McCain lost me." Read the whole thing.

Richard Riordan, former Republican mayor of Los Angeles endorsed Obama too.

Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, a maverick Republican from Maryland, endorsed Illinois Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for president in an interview Wednesday with WYPR, Baltimore's National Public Radio station. Gilchrest said that "we can't use four more years of the same kind of policy that's somewhat haphazard, which leads to recklessness."

Enough is enough!


Blogger Snave said...

As more and more real conservatives realize that the neoconservatives who control the GOP are not "conservative" in the traditional sense, they will desert and move over to Obama. He may not be conservative, but he is not parroting neoconservative platitudes and avoiding issues like John McCain and Sarah Palin. McCain has probably confused a good many conservative voters, and I believe Obama presents a less-confusing option.

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