Skip to comments.(Grover Norquist in 2005 Press Release said that:) "Sen. John McCain to Nation's Republicans..."
Posted on 05/28/2005 8:39:45 PM PDT by FairOpinion
By stabbing the President and the Majority Leader in the back in the judges fight, McCain shows that he has no intention of running for President
WASHINGTONSen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced that he has no intention of running for President of the United States this week by his latest egregious blow to Republicans when he joined Democrats in a phony "compromise," that will allow liberal interest groups to continue to block reasonable judges. The extreme leftist group People for the American Way called the McCain sellout, "good news," convinced the measure would help preserve liberal activist judges' influence in the courts.
Senate Democrats have spent the last two terms blocking Bush administration nominees through the unprecedented use of the filibuster to create a supermajority requirement for the confirmation of federal judges. Republican lawmakers, led by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn..), were poised to return to the principle that judges with majority support should not be denied an up or down vote, but they were betrayed in the 11th hour by Sen. McCain.
"When McCain brokered the deal to betray his Republican colleagues by negotiating a private surrender to the Democrats, he publicly declared he has no interest in the Presidency. No Republican could expect to win the G.O.P. nod after betraying his party's rank and file on one of their most central concerns," said Grover G. Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and a leader of the center-right coalition in Washington, D.C..
McCain has no further designs on the Presidency, said Norquist, since his actions have now so alienated the base that the fence could never be mended. Norquist went on to say that since his failure in the primary campaign of 2000, Sen. McCain has "screwed" Christian conservatives, gun owners, free press advocates, taxpayers, and now opponents of the activist judiciary. Experts say such behavior precludes any Presidential aspirations by a Republican.
"John McCain has been transfixed by the lights of the cameras," said Norquist. "In the course of running toward the cameras, McCain has now managed to stomp on the toes of every part of the center-right coalition. He has now made it official: He will not be running for President in '08."
Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all federal and state tax increases. For more information or to arrange an interview with Mr. Norquist please contact Christopher Butler at (202)785-0266 or by email at email@example.com.
He could run as a Democrat, he's got a better chance winning their primaries than the GOP primaries.
stupid article. Of course he's running.
McCain's judgement is so seriously flawed that he could never be considered for president. He pushed CFR and the result was the dirtiest, nastiest campaign in history. Then is little brokered deal lasted only two days before falling apart. Good Lord, it was as effective as Clinton's accord with the North Koreans.
The article is being sarcastic -- read past the title.
He's probably running for V.P. with Hillary.
"No Republican could expect to win the G.O.P. nod after betraying his party's rank and file on one of their most central concerns," said Grover G. Norquist,"
I'll believe it when McCain says it. On second thought...I take that back.
I saw a snippet of an interview that I think will be aired on Wolf Blitzer's Sunday program tomorrow, that has McCain being asked if he is going to run for POTUS---
He answers that he would like to be the POTUS, but hasn't decided if he is going to run in 2008.
He can run, but will be an amazing failure, ala Dick Gephardt coming in 4th in Iowa in 2004.
McCrazy doesn't have a chance in Hades of winning the 2008 Republican nomination.
It's the kind of lunatic prediction that only a member of the MSM would seriously entertain.
Who says he'd stay with the Pubbies?
Good list. When he looses his senate seat, you can add that to the list too.
What is all the focus on McCain for? You are all missing the point! The issue is that there is no control in the Republican Party....none. Frist has no control over the party. The Republican Party isn't the Republican Party anymore. McCain is not DOING ANYTHING. The Republican Party is in disarray.
Nation's Republicans to McCain: We wont vote for you anyway.
McCain vs. who? There are a lot of dorky potential candidates in either party he would easily defeat. He's getting a little old, but he is always a viable candidate worthy of voter consideration.
Maybe McCain plans to be the Ross Perot of 2008 -- and help Hillary get elected by splitting the moderate and independent vote.
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