Monday, November 03, 2008

Goldwater for Obama? Try this endorsement on any conservatives you know.

Know any rational conservatives?

Maybe they're considering writing in a rational republican like Olympia Snowe?

Try this endorsement on them. It's written by a man who was once publisher of the National Review, and who is still an intellectual conservative ...
A Conservative for Obama | D Magazine - Wick Allison

... 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.

“Every great cause,” Eric Hoffer wrote, “begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” As a cause, conservatism may be dead. But as a stance, as a way of making judgments in a complex and difficult world, I believe it is very much alive in the instincts and predispositions of a liberal named Barack Obama...
The comments include this amazing gem ..
Your article endorsing Obama found its way to my computer, Wick... and I wanted you to know you have a VERY strong "thumbs up" from three folks you might least expect: my two sisters and me. We are the daughters of Bill Miller who ran for Vice President with Barry Goldwater back in '64. We have all morphed quite independently into feeling, as you do, that the Republican Party in general and George Bush in particular do not represent in any fashion what our dad stood for more than 40 years ago. In fact, we are all HUGE Obama Mamas! I live with my family in Salisbury, NC... my older sister Libby Miller Fitzgerald is in Lynchburg, VA... and our youngest sister Stephanie Miller is in LA where she has a nationally syndicated radio talk show and is seen regularly on Larry King and other TV shows. Thank you for your wise words. I hope there are enough others like you to put Obama over the top. Or we're headed overseas to live!

Mary Miller James
A Goldwater endorsement for Obama? And I thought George Will's endorsement was mind blowing.

Update: See also. It's all part of the Republican enlightenment kit. These are the people who will be able, if McCain loses, to fight for a respectable, reformed, GOP.


Brett said...

So do you think they are lying when they call Obama a Conservative? Or do you think they are correct, and Obama is running on a platform that is the opposite of his record?

And just to really confuse you, I am not voting for McCain.

JGF said...

I think they'd prefer someone like Gerald Ford or Jim Ramstad or a number of centrist Republican governors.

I think they feel Obama is a better choice than McCain because he's measured, looks for consensus, and is a rationalist.

I doubt they are in favor of his progressive taxation interests, but they no longer believe the GOP will do any better.

Personally I think Obama most resembles Clinton, but with much more discipline. Ironically Clinton was a fairly conservative president by the standards of progressives and even most historians.