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Friday, February 01, 2008
Mark Levin gets too dizzy spinning for Romney (Part II)
Having spent quite a bit of verbiage correcting Levin’s errors on the McCain-Romney-Iraq argument, I’ll use this post to set McCain’s overall record straight.
This is how Levin describes it in NR:
Of course, it’s one thing to overlook one or two issues where a candidate seeking the Republican nomination as a conservative might depart from conservative orthodoxy. But in McCain’s case, adherence is the exception to the rule — McCain-Feingold (restrictions on political speech), McCain-Kennedy (amnesty for illegal aliens), McCain-Kennedy-Edwards (trial lawyers’ bill of rights), McCain-Lieberman (global warming legislation), Gang of 14 (obstructing change to the filibuster rule for judicial nominations), the Bush tax cuts, and so forth. This is a record any liberal Democrat would proudly run on. Are we to overlook this record when selecting a Republican nominee to carry our message in the general election?
I’ll start by answering Levin’s question at the end: No, you shouldn’t overlook at candidate’s record. Thus, Levin should not have overlooked McCain’s support for requiring a 2/3 Senate majority for any spending increases (vote), his opposition to the bloated, ever-expanding Medicare Part D (both votes), his support for a permanent end to the death tax (vote), his support for a ban on lawsuits against gun makers (vote), his vote to cap government spending at 2006 levels (vote), his opposition to habeas corpus for enemy combatants (vote), and his support for increased funding for the Border Patrol (yes, you read that last one right - not only did he vote for it, he sponsored it).
For the rest, including a more detailed look at Mitt Romney's record, look here.
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